Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

This course provides its students with professional knowledge and skills of being a Game Designer and Producer. Students will learn how to visualise ideas, undertake prototyping, and develop the fundamentals of 3D content creation and games programming. Course content also includes designing game levels, creating user interfaces and crafting gameplay experiences. Students will also study a Game Producer's role in managing and coordinating game projects. They will make game prototypes for a range of different game genres and platforms and graduate with an extensive portfolio of the games they have designed and produced.

Course Fee:

International: $59,100

Entry Requirements:

Entry for the Game Design and Production stream is based on interview and portfolio.

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Game programming with C++; Game code design and structures; Game development teams; Mini production; Prototyping; Major production. Stream: Game maths and open GL; Fast and beautiful; Complex game systems; Game engine components; Game programming with HTML5; Game artificial intelligence with python; Game physics application.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02406F (ACT); 02619D (VIC); 03108G (NSW)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Sydney No info No Full time 2 years
Adelaide No info Yes Full time
Canberra No info Yes Full time 2 years
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 2 years

AIE was created in response to an industry need for skilled staff in the Australian animation and games industries and has grown to be recognised as the Centre of Excellence in this training area. With strong connections to all of Australia’s major game development and 3D animation studios, AIE students gain exceptional employment opportunities in these and many other digital media industries.

AIE’s achievements include:

  • being awarded Australian Small Training Provider of the Year
  • winning the 2008 Tropfest animation competition
  • being the world’s second oldest specialist games and 3D graphics educator.

With campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, plus campuses in the United States, AIE’s graduates can be found in many of the world’s leading digital production studios.

What’s different about AIE?

  • Our campuses are co-sited with established games companies and offer genuine industry training creating 3D or games products in teams.
  • Our games development courses give students the reality of the games production environment and culture. Students gain valuable experience during their studies working directly with industry partners, and our Advanced Diploma of Professional Games Development was designed after consultation with over 30 games companies.
  • Our vast industry network helps students to develop contacts and maximise employment opportunities in the Australian games development and 3D industries.
  • We have a proven track record of delivering strong employment outcomes since 1996. Many of the people making hiring decisions in the games and digital media industries are AIE graduates.
  • Our many awards recognise excellence in education outcomes and consistently outstanding student achievement.
  • AIE is the only Australian training institution to offer a Sony Foundation art scholarship.

Courses offered at AIE:

We offer full-time (February and July intakes), part-time and online courses, including:

Application process:

Applications are accepted directly and can be emailed, mailed or faxed to AIE. Applicants attend an interview as part of the entry requirements for all full-time courses. For digital art courses, applicants need a current portfolio of artwork. Programming applicants need to provide evidence of previous programming experiences and may be asked to sit a short test to help determine potential.

Certificate level courses are direct-entry courses and do not require an interview or portfolio to be submitted.

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