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Associate Degree of Games Development
SAE Creative Media Institute - Brisbane

Course outline

SAE Games graduates have been involved with many outstanding creative media companies, including Ubisoft, Gameloft, Halfbrick, LAI Games, Krome, Sega Studios Australia, THQ, 100% Indie, Two Bulls, Appster, Current Circus, TrickStar Games, Gentrack, Torus Games, Serious Games Institute, Firemonkeys and the Australian Institute of Mining and Construction.

SAE offers students an intensive and targeted games course designed and developed with the help of local and international industry. Students learn the skills they need to get their dream job in games play programming, games engine programming and games design.

Areas of study: Game design principles, game scripting and game engine architecture, game asset production and visual effects, prototyping, user interface design, user experience and user testing, project management, business and leadership skills, employability skills in screen industry contexts, games industry best practices.


Duration is one and a quarter years full-time. Part-time study available for eligible applicants (excluding international student visa holders).
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, to support student progression regardless of external factors.

Fee notes

Full course.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for SAE Creative Media Institute and for this course, refer to Entry Requirements on SAE’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years; Interview

Additional entry requirements

SAE will contact applicants to arrange an interview. For information about the interview, contact SAE Brisbane on 1800 723 338.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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Games Design (advanced game design, foundations of 3D graphics, game audio, games as media, level development and psychology of play); Games Programming (applied mathematics, game engine architecture, games technology, programming and tools development).

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Level Designer, Product Manager, Producer, Unity Developer, Quality Assurance, User Interface Designer, User Experience Designer, Lighting Designer, Gameplay Programmer, Community Manager, Localisation Manager, Software Developer, Tools Developer, Networked Multiplayer Developer, Graphics Programmer, Games Writer.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

24 Aug 2023
15 Jan 2024
24 Apr 2024

Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

11/4 years Full time or 21/2 years Part time

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