Bachelor of Interactive Media (Specialisation: Game Design)

Game Development Courses | Game Design Courses

Kick start your career in digital media with AIT’s industry focussed Game Design Courses!

Games are everywhere these days – from the latest console blockbusters to addictive mobile titles to high earning Facebook time-fillers. Bigger than Hollywood, the interactive media industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia and overseas, so there are plenty of ways to make your mark.

At AIT, you will gain a hands-on and practical learning that will that will arm you with the ability to thrive anywhere game development skills are needed – from the big players to indie studios to the education industry. You will explore the history of gaming around the world, and design your own collection of games, learning programming methods and cutting edge design engines to speed up your development processes.

“One of the cool things about AIT, because they teach gaming, is when you walk into a classroom and it’s full of people just busy playing games against each other. It’s really funny and fun to see that in a learning environment.”
Rivqah Christie, Bachelor of Interactive Media

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The Bachelor of Interactive Media is a three-year (or two-year accelerated) degree with a hands-on focus, supplementing theory with practical experience in a wide range of digital media. You will master key game design elements such as interactivity, balance and immersion.

Course Overview

Your specialisation will give you the ability to build playable and fun games from the ground up. Beginning with logic and problem-solving techniques, you will combine graphics and gameplay to craft interactive narratives. Beyond that, you’ll learn programming skills, create addictive Flash games, learn how to master Unity, a powerful game programming tool and use the high-end Unreal Development Kit (UDK) to explore the principles of virtual environment design.

Our wide selection of interactive media subjects means you will combine these techniques with a range of skills across the digital sphere. Merge game design with traditional film making by recording audio and video for your project. Use animation to give your game energy and movement. Develop a unique look with a cohesive design philosophy or learn how to build great websites to host and sell your games. AIT’s game development course is aimed at getting you ready for a variety of roles in the digital industry.

Undertake a course of 24 subjects – 16 core and 8 electives based on your specialisation. You will have 16 hours a week contact time with teachers and fellow students in addition to personal project development time.

Our game development courses are outcome-focused, with specific subjects relating to the construction of a portfolio and social media branding. We place an emphasis on finding work after graduation and give you the opportunity for industry internships in your final year. You will graduate with a collection of games for mobile platforms, as the skills to make incredible immersive games elements such as stunning levels, animated characters, behavioural profiles, maps, stories and logic patterns.

Subject Units – Bachelor of Interactive Media (Specialisation: Game Development)

Note: Class choices are flexible, and subject to change based on your preferences.

Year 1
Term 1 Digital Storytelling Creative drawing Shooting and Editing Animation
Term 2 Screen Language Digital Images Game Design Intro to 3D Animation
Year 2
Term 3 Digital Pathways Design Principles Digital Audio Design 2D Interactivity
Term 4 Entertainment and Media Elective* Virtual Worlds Game Development
Year 3
Term 5 Decoding Media Elective* Elective* Elective*
Term 6 The Forge The Forge The Forge The Launchpad

If you’re interested in taking on a Masters degree in the future, AIT’s Bachelor of Interactive Media is the perfect choice for game developers. When you finish the Bachelor, you’ll have the prerequisites you need to apply for entry into any Masters program in Australia that deals with games and related media.

Applications are subject to your chosen institution’s specific process. The University of Sydney has a special arrangement for AIT graduates, so completion of the Bachelor of Interactive Media gives you direct entry into one of their interactive media Masters programs. Check out their wide range of options, which includes a Master of Film and Digital Images and a Master of Interactive and Digital Media.

Games are huge business these days, and the sector is expanding all the time – both in terms of profits and the maturity of the form. AIT graduates have been actively involved in some of the mainstream industry’s biggest hits – for example, three of them worked with Team Bondi on developing acclaimed action-adventure title L.A. Noire, which was Australia’s highest grossing immersive game.

Beyond the mainstream industry, you’ll have the skills to launch your own indie studio, working on the next viral hit for people to play on the train to work. While you wait for that to take off, there are plenty of organisations crying out for employees with game development skills – and you’ll find them in areas you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Gamification has become a massive trend in educational thinking, meaning schools and related organisations are turning to experts like you to make learning fun.

A qualification in game development means you’ll be prepared for a career that incorporates such diverse roles as level designer, motion graphics artist, app developer and sound engineer.

AIT is a member of the Game Developers Association of Australia. That means you’ll have access to the cream of the industry, so you can pitch ideas and apply for work even before you graduate! Continue Reading..

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Every year, AIT awards amazing students who demonstrate their extraordinary work ethic and talent when applying to study with us.

The initiAIT scholarship is for new undergraduate students commencing at AIT Bachelor Degree in the 2017 academic year. This scholarship is only available to domestic students. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded an $8,000 discount off their tuition fees (50% applicable for their first term and 50% for their last term of their Bachelor Degree).

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This interactive seminar is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements, study pathways, and talk to our friendly staff & students.
Upcoming Sessions Sydney:
  • Thursday 5 January 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 23 January 6pm-8pm
Upcoming Sessions Melbourne:
  • Thursday 5 January 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 18 January 6pm-8pm
Keen to learn skills in creative drawing, 3D modelling, game design, film editing, digital design or app development? Join us at the Academy of Information Technology for a FREE one-day workshop so you can explore your creative potential.
Upcoming Sessions Sydney:
  • Saturday 21 January (9:30am – 4pm)
  • Saturday 18 February (9:30am – 4pm)
Upcoming Sessions Melbourne
  • Saturday 28 January (9:30am – 4pm)
  • Saturday 25 February (9:30am – 4pm)

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If you’re interested in gaining valuable skills in a variety of digital realms, this one-year game design course is for you. Our hands-on approach means you will be learning everything you need to know in order to make meaning through games, while also gaining practical experience in related fields like animation and film making.

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