SAE Institute

Diploma of Game Development

SAE Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 094745C

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


If you want to be part of the exciting and expanding industry of gaming, we want to help you gain the skills to stand apart from them all.

In a matter of months, you’ll learn the key fundamentals in game development.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all, you’ll be in a studio environment using industry-standard software. Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects in partnership with your course peers. You’ll work in a team to pitch, design, plan and deliver a game in response to a brief. Your project will extend on your design and scripting skills sets, to allow you to craft a broader range of gameplay systems and features.

To compliment your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills and scholarly techniques for higher education.

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Games Development (Game Design) or Bachelor of Games Development (Game Programming).

The Diploma of Game Development has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.
  • Communication, including how to communicate specialist technical and creative ideas and perspectives in the graphic design discipline to others.
  • Introductory project management and different project management methodologies
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for higher education.

Graduate Outcomes

  • Entry-level Game Designer
  • Entry-level Game Level Designer
  • Entry-level Community Manager
  • Entry-level Games Writer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Production Assistant
  • App Developer

You Will Learn

During your course you will gain an introduction to:

  • Basic game functionality including using data manipulation, formulas, object creation, defining of behaviour and working with event systems.
  • Different forms of communication such as iconography, visual and aural cues, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and layouts.
  • Industry standard methods for the construction of functional game levels and modification of game assets.
  • Principles of spatial layout for achieving game design goals via impacting player behaviour.
  • Instructional design and user experience design to achieve game design goals.
  • Programmatic solutions to pre-defined game behaviors and interactions in an appropriate middleware package.
  • Tools and techniques used in construction and implementation of common game assets and features.
  • How to write a Technical Design Document (TDD).
  • The impact of altering and manipulating existing games and systems to generate alternate player experiences.
  • Game deconstruction.
  • The differences and commonalities between digital and analogue games.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 26,304 for the entire course
Start date: 14 September 2020
08 February 2021
Duration: 7 months (Minimum 2 Trimesters)
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive
Brisbane Queensland 4101

Entry criteria

SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

Are at least 18 years of age

Do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry

Seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the course requirements or provide examples and/or portfolio of work.

In all cases Experience Based Entry into a Higher Education course will only be granted to students with a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

English Language Requirements

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

IELTS Academic: 5.5 overall score. No band score less than 5.0; PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: 46 overall score; TOEFL paper based test: 527 overall score; TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 63 overall score.


SAE Institute
Byron Bay Campus
373-391 Ewingsdale Road North Coast New South Wales 2481