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Introduction to Game design & development

Want to turn your passion for video games into a career? These online courses in game design and development could be your door into Australia’s fast-growing digital games industry.

Master topics like scripting, animation and game coding so you can create immersive player experiences. Through Open Universities Australia, you can access online game design courses with providers from across the country.

We can also help you get into the course of your choice if you don’t have the necessary ATAR.

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Online game design & development subjects and short courses

Curtin University


Animation and Motion Graphics Design

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 Nov 2023, 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Enrolments open until 30 Nov

Murdoch University


Introduction to Games Art and Design

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

University of South Australia


Digital Graphics and Imaging

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 08 Jan 2024, 24 Jun 2024

Murdoch University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

Online game design & development degrees

Curtin University

Create a new world with game design or animation

Be drawn in by a field which combines project management, technical expertise and creative storytelling. Work in an exciting fast-evolving industry, perhaps as an animator, 3D artist, motion graphics designer, visual effects artist or educator. 

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Murdoch University

Combine creativity with coding for a winning career

Make the games you love to play! Build a solid IT foundation and get creative with this game design specialisation. Experience gaming through a different lens, where core IT knowledge sets the platform for your artistic skills including 3D animation.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Computer Science

This IT degree offers a games programming specialisation

Get a solid grounding in programming principles and databases. Explore how humans interact with computers and the internet. Touch on AI and consider a games specialisation if that’s what you’re passionate about. Accredited by the ACS.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Torrens University Australia

Build games from concept to commercial release

Make games from day one, collaborating with other programmers and designers. You’ll develop investigative skills, taking an analytical and creative approach to problem-solving. Get hands-on experience with Unity, Unreal and more.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Game design & development study FAQs

What do you learn in a game design and development course?

Game design courses cover all aspects of the video game production process, so you can make the leap from gamer to designer. Depending on the qualification, you’ll cover topics like: 

  • Design and development using game engines like Unreal Engine and Unity3D
  • Game scripting
  • Programming and computer science
  • Animation and motion graphics design
  • 3D modelling and rendering using industry software like Autodesk Maya
  • Special effects compositing 
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design
  • IT project management

You can expect to graduate with a portfolio of work, which is essential for getting a job with game studios.   

If you're exploring this field for the first time, a Bachelor of Game Design (or similar) will give you a solid foundation of knowledge, with the opportunity to study elective subjects in your area of interest. 

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