Turn your ideas into playable reality with the Certificate IV in Information Technology Gaming Development. Learn to create 3D, animation and modelling, character, and level design. Whether it’s console or online apps, these skills will give you an advantage when applying for creative roles as an animator, media developer or 3D artist.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Game design and development
  • 3D modelling, texturing and animation
  • Object-oriented language programming skills
  • Interaction Design
  • 2D graphics and build graphical user interfaces
  • Write narrative scripts for interactive games

Your career opportunities

  • Game designer/developer
  • Game programmer
  • 3D modeler
  • User interface designer
  • Quality assurance tester

Key codes

Hawthorn VTAC code
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

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    Partnering with Two Moos

    We are pleased to announce our partnership with Two Bulls and their dedicated family brand, Two Moos, which specialises in family-focused content creation. Students studying our Diploma and Certificate IV of Digital and Interactive Games will be inspired to create engaging apps, content and games through a series of workshops and masterclasses.


There are no pre-requisites to enter this program. Some additional criteria may apply.

Applicants without formal qualifications and/or relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Total of 20 units, comprising 7 core units, plus 13 elective units.

Core units
Elective units
Certificate IV
Indicative nominal course hours: 940

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply advanced critical thinking to work processes
Core unit
Contribute to cyber security risk management
Core unit
Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and practices
Core unit
Work collaboratively in the ICT industry
Core unit
Comply with IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments
Core unit
Apply introductory programming techniques
Core unit
Identify & resolve client ICT problems
Core unit
Elective units
Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
Elective unit
Write narrative scripts for interactive games
Elective unit
Identify and apply games design and game play principles
Elective unit
Use 3-D software interface and toolsets
Elective unit
Design and create 3-D digital models
Elective unit
Create 3D digital environments
Elective unit
Use simple modelling for animation
Elective unit
Produce interactive games
Elective unit
Build graphical user interfaces
Elective unit
Analyse software requirements
Elective unit
Create visual design components for digital media
Elective unit
Create 3-D characters for interactive games
Elective unit
Develop 3-D components for interactive games
Elective unit

2023 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Concession rate* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.


Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

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