SAE Institute

Associate Degree of Games Development

SAE Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080183C

Level of study: Associate Degrees or Equivalent


Make the transition from gamer to a game developer with the Associate Degree of Games Development and explore a range of genres for a range of platforms – roleplaying games, platformers, adventure, PC, FPS, mobile, and VR.

Not only are games becoming some of the biggest entertainment properties in the world, but industries are now also using the positive effects of ‘gamification’ and serious games to encourage behavioural change, particularly in fields of healthcare, training, and safety.

Games have the potential to change the world, and we can give you the skills to help change yours. Our associate degree starts at the base level and builds your expertise in programming and design.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture hall with 300 people or in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment using industry-standard software like Unreal Engine, Unity3D, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, and Maya, developing for technologies such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Android, and iOS. You’ll also learn to speak how the professionals do with expert mentors guiding you in industry-standard languages C++ and C#.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical-based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or first clients.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities to cross-discipline projects. By the end of your course, you could be collaborating with fellow students across all SAE disciplines.

With an Associate Degree of Games Development, you’ll be ready for cutting-edge industry roles using modern creative business concepts and strategies. Career options include Mobile App Developer, Level Designer, Systems Designer, or UX Designer.

Ultimately, a qualification from SAE in Games will expand your career. As part of your course, you will be provided practical experience and work with others to help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion.

SAE Associate Degree of Games Development offers:

Learn in a collaborative, studio-based environment where your teachers are also your mentors.

SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required.

Learn industry-standard software like Unreal Engine 4, Unity3D, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Maya.

Flexible course options

Completing two of the three stages of the Bachelor of Games Development, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Bachelor.

What jobs will this course lead to?

  • Level Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Producer
  • Developer
  • Unity Developer
  • Quality Assurance
  • Games Writer
  • User Interface Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Community Manager
  • Localisation Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Tools Developer

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 42,589 Per Year Read more53,236 for the entire course
Start date: Expected September 2023
Expected May 2024
Duration: 4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive
Brisbane Queensland 4101

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.

English Language Requirements

  • International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner.


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