Diploma of Game Design and Development

  • Awarded by

    Billy Blue College of Design

  • Qualification


  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1 year full time, up to 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Game Developer | Computer Game Developer | Game Designer | Game Programmer | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Start your career in the gaming industry with a Diploma of Game Design and Development, delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia.

    This course introduces the full spectrum of game art and design, from visual design fundamentals to game design conception and introductory game development processes. You will be exposed to the technical tools and 3D construction techniques that are integral to the field. This diploma develops the necessary technical skills and exposure to game development processes to begin working in game development, or provide a clear pathway for further study. Through this industry-recognised university-level course, you will gain a practical grounding in the real-world game development industry.

    Gain professional experience

    Gain work experience as you complete an industry brief, putting your learnings into practice with guidance and mentoring from practicing professionals.

    Explore Unity

    Create games for mobile, console, PC or VR using Unity, the most advanced industry-standard software.

    Explore Unreal

    Learn advanced 3D skills to succeed in game development, architecture, film, TV, and more with Unreal Engine.

    PlayStation® First Academic Development Partner

    Collaborate with Game Programming students as part of our Sony Computer Entertainment Europe partnership.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible for this course, students need to have:

    • Completed Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent, OR
    • Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above, OR
    • Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification, OR
    • Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.
  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing this Diploma of Game Design and Development qualification, delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, you will cover the following subjects:

    Core subjects

    • 2D Asset Creation
    • Game Design Principles
    • Design Context
    • 3D Asset Creation
    • Design Studio 1
    • Game Production Foundation

    Elective subjects

    • Animation Principles
    • Beyond the Creative Industries
    • Visual Language of Design
    • Introduction to Programming
    • Motion Design
    • Interaction Design
    • Design Studio
    • 2D Game Programming
  • Why Billy Blue College of Design?

    Billy Blue College of Design is the design and creative technology faculty at Torrens University Australia, and home to the industry’s best and brightest. They’re known for our engagement with industry and employability focus, with courses developed in collaboration with industry leaders.

    You'll study in iconic, inspirational spaces where ideas flourish, and our educators are adventurous and eager to share their craft, and industry contacts. During your studies, you’ll master the practical skills you need back up your imagination and gain the commercial skills you need to scale up your career.

    Best of all, university admission needn’t be a worry. You don’t need an ATAR to study with Billy Blue, just a passion to learn, and that hard-earned work-life experience counts too.

    You’ll benefit from the dedicated support of Course Advisors and Success Coaches, who can help you navigate your career dreams and study goals.

    And, with all your course materials online, and the option to study full or part-time, on-campus, online, or a blend of both it's all about flexibility.

  • Where will this course take you?

    On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Diploma of Game Design and Development qualification, delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia. The course will have given you all the skills and techniques you need to master to become a competent computer and mobile game developer and start working in this growing and exciting field.

  • Career Outcomes

  • Let's talk price

    Total cost for this course is $28,280 (8 subjects at $3,535 per subject).

    Students may be eligible for scholarships covering up to 30% of the fee, making the discounted fee $19,796.

    Billy Blue College of Design offers a number of easy payment plans or the ability to pay per subject or per semester as you go.

    Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income. Australian students may also be eligible for HECS and CSP (Commonwealth Supported Places) schemes.

    Please enquire for further details.


    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $48,361 (2022-23 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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