Bachelor of Games Development - Games Design

SAE Creative Media Institute

This program aims to build expertise in programming or games design. Students will apply skills and knowledge in this exciting industry in areas such as level design, social and mobile game development, game engine programming, gameplay programming, game design, project management, serious games and much more. Students will work with industry standard software such as Unreal Engine 4, Unity3D, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Maya. They will also work with technologies such as Oculus Rift, Android, iOS and use industry standard programming languages such as C++, Javascript and C#. Students will undertake specialised units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, students will demonstrate skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment. In the Game Design specialisation students will work on a range of projects with peers and SAE Facilitators which will build skills and knowledge within the diverse scope of Game Design. During the program students will be able to pursue all facets of Game Design such as level design, systems design, economy design, combat and AI design, balancing, player psychology and much more.

Course Fee:

Australian: $58,512
International: $70,208

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; English (4, SA); Admission is determined by educational achievements, suitable experience and other personal achievements


240 credit points: usually 18 core units; 4 electives

Subjects you can Study:

Games design

Study Pathways:

Students can matriculate from the Diploma of Interactive Digital Media or Diploma of Screen and Media into the degree program. Recognition of Prior Learning is granted wherever possible.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
SAE Institute Melbourne No info No Full time 2 years
SAE Institute Perth No info No Full time 2 years
SAE Institute Brisbane No info No Full time 2 years
SAE Institute Sydney No info No Full time 2 years

SAE is the leading global specialist in creative media education with courses in Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games and Web & Mobile. Established in 1976, SAE now spans the globe with almost 50 campuses in more than 20 countries. 

In Australia, SAE provides government accredited Certificates, Diploma, Bachelor and Postgraduate courses across six campuses in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. SAE offers programs that as higher education qualifications, are eligible for full fee funding assistance under FEE HELP.

With SAE from day one, students start creating in world-class facilities, on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lecturers. Students can fast-track their learning to be degree qualified in just two years. 

The extensive knowledge of teachers who are experts in their fields and the rigorous curriculum gives students a competitive edge after graduation. Small class sizes, one-on-one learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration enable students to gain a range of skills and expertise in creative media.

SAE’s specialised courses are responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of these industries ensuring that graduating students are well equipped to enter the creative industries.  During their studies, students can undertake professional placements, internships and work experience relevant to their chosen fields as well as showcase their work to industry and the general public at various exhibitions.


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