Highlights

  • This major provides you with hands-on game design experience, as well as knowledge of narrative and immersion (drawing the player into the game), and theories of design (both general and specific to games) to provide the skills necessary to create interesting and unique game worlds.
  • Cover both the technical and creative aspects of games development.
  • Be prepared for a career in games design, animator, special effects developer, or mobile entertainment developer.
  • QUT's Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments degree is the most successful degree of its kind in Queensland, with strong connections to local games industries, as well as other industry partners in game-based technology.
  • Be a part of Queensland’s leading video game industry, responsible for titles such asHellboy, Fruit Ninja, the children's game Viva Pinata Party Animals and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Highlights

  • This major provides you with hands-on game design experience, as well as knowledge of narrative and immersion (drawing the player into the game), and theories of design (both general and specific to games) to provide the skills necessary to create interesting and unique game worlds.
  • Cover both the technical and creative aspects of games development.
  • Be prepared for a career in games design, animator, special effects developer, or mobile entertainment developer.
  • QUT's Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments degree is the most successful degree of its kind in Queensland, with strong connections to local games industries, as well as other industry partners in game-based technology.
  • Be a part of Queensland’s leading video game industry, responsible for titles such asHellboy, Fruit Ninja, the children's game Viva Pinata Party Animals and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Why choose this course?

The Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments (Game Design) gives you the opportunity to join the growing industry of digital environments and electronic games by acquiring expertise in the development of computer games and other forms of interactive media. The course has a strong foundation in information technology, design and creative thinking.

This major will give you practical skills in games design and development. You will acquire underlying theoretical knowledge across a range of disciplines including psychology (for example, motivation) and sociology (for example, cultural impact) and become proficient at effectively communicating design ideas and proposals.

You will gain experience in the whole process of game and interaction development, from identification and evaluation of ideas, creation of design concepts, critique of existing and potential products, analysis of cultural impact and industry trends, right through to the development and delivery of a final product.

This course is a collaboration between the faculties of Science and Engineering, and Creative Industries, which means you'll have access to experts in both design and technology.

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What to expect

Choose your career path in this multibillion dollar industry. This degree allows the development of creative skills ranging from the technical to the artistic. You will gain experience in the whole process of game and interactive media development, from identification and evaluation of ideas, creation of design concepts, critique of existing and potential products, analysis of cultural impact and industry trends, through to the development and delivery of a final product.

You will learn about the games and interactive environments industries through interacting with industry members, reviewing the development process of games and related products, participating in class discussions and studying industry literature. You will discover visualisation, interaction and communication techniques as applied to games and interactive media. A strong foundation in both entertainment technology and creative skills is complemented with options in games programming, including graphics programming and game artificial intelligence. You will be introduced to generic programming concepts and problem-solving strategies, team work, and the ethical and social responsibilities of an interactive media professional.

Given the growth in small, independent game development worldwide you'll be introduced the ideas of game development entrepreneurship from your first year of studies. You'll gain the knowledge and skills related to succeeding as an independent game developer. In your major capstone experience you'll work as part of a team to develop and publish your own game.

Other study options

  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments
  • Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments/Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

As a graduate from the Game Design Major, you can apply your knowledge and skills in roles such as game designer, level designer, game producer and mobile game designer. The skills learnt can also be applied outside the games industry to create engaging tools and environments in other domains.

Professional recognition

If you complete a Software Technology Minor as part of your degree, you may be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Research pathways

You may wish to take your passion further and extend your studies with an honours research program.

Honours is an ideal pathway for high-achieving graduates to enter the doctoral program (PhD), and provides a wider range of career opportunities including research, analytic or teaching positions.Consult your course coordinator in second or third year to assess what projects may be available within your areas of interest.

To be eligible for an honours course, you must have a bachelor degree in information technology, mathematics, science or property economics (depending on the course) or its equivalent, completed within the last five years, with a minimum grade point average of 4.5 (on QUT’s 7-point scale).

Possible careers

  • Animator
  • Computer Game Programmer
  • Computer Games Developer
  • Computer-aided designer
  • Digital Content Designer
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Games Developer
  • Programmer
  • Sound Designer

Details and units

Requirements for the completion of IN05 Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments (Study Area A) are as follows:

  • 72 credit points (6 units) of games and interactive environments core units, which includes 24 credit points (2 units) of option units* selected from an approved list.
  • 120 credit points (10 units) of Major core units
  • 96 credit points of complementary studies comprising of either two minors (4 unit set each); or one minor (4 unit set) plus 48 credit points of elective units.

* Unit options list - comprises a range of units from which you choose to undertake two (2). The core option choices provide you with space in your course to explore other fields such as within Games and Interactive Environment, Information Technology. These units can be used to complement your Major studies or, explore which areas you may choose for your complementary studies.

Requirements for the completion of IN05 Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments (Study Area A) are as follows:

  • 72 credit points (6 units) of games and interactive environments core units, which includes 24 credit points (2 units) of option units* selected from an approved list.
  • 120 credit points (10 units) of Major core units
  • 96 credit points of complementary studies comprising of either two minors (4 unit set each); or one minor (4 unit set) plus 48 credit points of elective units.

* Unit options list - comprises a range of units from which you choose to undertake two (2). The core option choices provide you with space in your course to explore other fields such as within Games and Interactive Environment, Information Technology. These units can be used to complement your Major studies or, explore which areas you may choose for your complementary studies.

Requirements

OP
14
Selection rank
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

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Course code
IN05
QTAC code
418102
CRICOS code
092648J
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

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Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

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Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 2
Selection rank 97
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 9
Selection rank 82
OP 8
Selection rank 84
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 14
Selection rank 11
OP 11
Selection rank 77

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
14
Rank
70
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

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If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $7,800 per year full-time (96 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

2021 fees

2021: $35,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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