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BSc Honours in Games Programming

Overview

Course Overview

At SAE we know that practical, hands-on training is the proven and best way for you to develop the skills and experience you need to start your successful career in the creative media industries.

SAE offers you an intensive and targeted games course designed and developed with the help of local and international industry. Get the skills you need to get your dream job in games play programming, games engine programming and games design in just 2 years.


In trimester 3 choose your specialisation: 

1. Games Programming, with units in:

  • Programming
  • Applied mathematics
  • Game engine architecture
  • Games technology
  • Game play programming

2. Games Design, with units in:

  • Level development
  • Foundations of 3D graphics
  • Advanced game design
  • Programming
  • Scripting

QUALIFICATION
Bachelor of Games Development


 Notes

  • Games Programming specialisation units are not offered in Perth
  • Specialisation intakes for each campus may vary
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Skills

You will learn

  • C++ programming
  • Middleware packages
  • Game play programming
  • Game engine programming
  • Tools development
  • Game design
  • Game psychology
  • Working prototype development
  • 3D pipeline
  • Level development
  • Maths, statistics and logic

Your learning experience

  • Learn advanced-level industry-standard C++ programming language with a specialised focus on games development.
  • Use industry-standard middleware and development packages such as Havoc, Direct X, Ogre, OpenGL, UDK, Unity, and many more.
  • Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the games industry wants.
  • Learn game play programming, game engine programming and tools development – you will be able to develop your own engines from the ground up and create your own tools including importers/exporters and scene managers.
  • Learn the design and technical skills to be able to articulate and implement high-level games concepts – these are key professional attributes required by the games industry and often not addressed in other HE games courses.
  • Develop high-level skills in games design, programming, 3D pipeline, games psychology, and working prototypes – learn how to make your ideas a reality.
  • Start making games in your first trimester.
  • Work with artists, designers, web and mobile developers, film makers, animators and audio specialists.

 

Careers

Career options

  • Game designer
  • Level designer
  • Analysts
  • Systems designer
  • Game economy designer
  • Simulation specialists
  • Community managers

Employers

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
  • Australian Institute of Mining and Construction

Units

BSc Honours in Games Programming (Games Design)
VIEW UNIT DESCRIPTIONS
YEAR 1
T1 Critical Thinking in Creative MediaIntroduction to ScriptingPrinciples of Game DesignRational Problem Solving
T2 Overview of IndustryScripting for Games DevelopersLevel DevelopmentProduction 1
T3 Media StudiesGames Studio 1 (Game Design)
Foundations of 3D Graphics | Advanced Games Design | Production 2
YEAR 2
T4 Cultural PerspectivesGames Studio 2 (Game Design)
Games as Media | Psychology of Play | Production 3
T5 Games Major Project DevelopmentGames Studio 3 (GameDesign)
Game Audio | Interdisciplinary Project
T6 InternshipElectiveGames Major Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Elective Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modelled on real-world work environments.

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Games Development after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

YEAR 1
T1 Critical Thinking in Creative Media
Introduction to Scripting
Principles of Game Design
Rational Problem Solving
T2 Overview of Industry
Scripting for Games Developers
Level Development
Production 1
T3 Media Studies
Games Studio 1 (Game Design)
YEAR 2
T4 Cultural Perspectives
Games Studio 2 (Game Design)
T5 Games Major Project Development
Games Studio 3 (GameDesign)
T6 Internship
Elective
Games Major Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Elective Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modelled on real-world work environments.

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Games Development after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    2 years full time

  • INTAKES:

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    N/A

Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. For alternative entry options, contact your campus directly for more information.

Fees & Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.