You have the thumbs to score big, but do you have the tech skills to bring digital and interactive games to life? The Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design Game Programming) teaches you the technical art, programming and aesthetic foundation skills to make your dreams a reality. You’ll learn from gaming industry pros and develop your skills in 3D modelling, animation, cinematics, AI, scripting and much more. 

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Game content creator
  • 3d modelling
  • Game engine scripting
  • Programming application

Your career opportunities

  • Games designer/developer
  • 3d modeller/animator
  • Environmental artist
  • Texture artist
  • Game programmer
  • 2d/3d artist level designer

Key codes

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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 entry requirements, however we would recommend you have the skills and knowledge in;

  •   Intermediate to advanced general computer skills, including:
    • Computer navigation
    • Digital file management
    • Word processing
  •  Basic game development process and principles
  • Basic understanding in the function and use of game engines, ideally Unreal Engine
  • Basic understanding of object-oriented programming principle
  • Basic experience in 3D asset production, including:
    • 3D modelling
    • 3D texturing

or attainment of:

  • ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Gaming Development)

Applicants would additionally greatly benefit from skills and knowledge in the following:

  • Programming/Scripting tools:
    • C++ Programming
    • Python scripting
    • Unreal Engine Blueprint scripting
  • Game development tools:
    • Blender 3D
  • Adobe creative cloud suite

Note: Applicants without a solid grounding in information technology, may choose to complete the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Gaming Development) to gain foundational skills in the subject matter.

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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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 6 core units, plus 14 elective units.

Core units
Elective units
Indicative nominal course hours: 1090

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices
Core unit
Lead and facilitate a team
Core unit
Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation
Core unit
Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments
Core unit
Manage client problems
Core unit
Originate and develop concepts
Core unit
Elective units
Apply artificial intelligence in game development
Elective unit
Create complex 3-D interactive games
Elective unit
Develop complex 3-D software for games and interactive media
Elective unit
Prepare games for different platforms and delivery modes
Elective unit
Create and implement designs for 3-D games environments
Elective unit
Design and create advanced particles, fluids and bodies for 3-D digital effects
Elective unit
Animate 3-D characters for digital games
Elective unit
Produce digital animation sequences
Elective unit
Manage technical art and rigging in 3-D animations
Elective unit
Create interactive 3-D environments for digital games
Elective unit
Collaborate in design of 3-D game levels and environments
Elective unit
Create complex 3-D characters for game
Elective unit
Build graphical user interfaces
Elective unit
Apply advanced programming skills in another language
Elective unit

2023 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($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.

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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.

Find out more about fees

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.
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Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

VET Student Loan amount* ($AUD)


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Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

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Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)


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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.

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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.

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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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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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