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Game Design FoundationsCertificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30715

Overview

The Game Design Foundations course will teach students how to develop a game from initial concept to playable demo. Using the Unity 3D game engine or Unreal Engine, art and scripts students design gameplay mechanics and refine them while learning the entire development pipeline.

The course covers:

  • Learn how to define and develop game mechanics
  • Develop game design documentation
  • Rapid prototype gameplay
  • Create interactive environments
  • Process feedback to refine game design
  • No prior programming knowledge required
  • Successful completion awarded with Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

The Game Design Foundations course teaches students best practice for iterative game design and emphasises the importance of player feedback. Students will create game design documentation and implement game mechanics through a series of rapid prototypes. Based on player feedback and play testing, the technical mechanics are refined to create a fun and engaging game.

Throughout the course students create an interactive environment, learn how to guide players through levels and create intuitive controls within Unity 3D using sourced art and provided scripts for developing games quickly.

The Game Design course is delivered face to face and also online, using Adobe Connect, allowing you see and interact in real time with your lecturer and class mates. You will be able to participate in group discussions and team work with your classmates easily through a web browser. Each session will also be recorded allowing you to never miss a class discussion. Students can also interact in class sessions from a variety of mobile platforms.

Successful completion of the course will allow you to continue to develop games and will build a portfolio for entry into AIE’s Advanced Diploma level courses.

Units of Competency

Core

BSBDES201 Follow a design process
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Electives

BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
CUAACD304 Make scale models
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work
ICTICT308 Use advanced features of computer applications
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models

Online options available

Game Design Foundations is now offered from our Online campus. Find out more about what it would be like to study this course online.

Course Fees and Start Dates

Select your closest campus below to see course start dates and associated fees.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school's VET Coordinator for fees.

Course dates coming soon.

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($50).

Course dates coming soon.

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($50).

Commencing 7th Feb 2017
5.30pm - 8.30pm | Tue & Thu session
2 semesters (40 weeks)
Full Fee: $2800.00
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1400.00
Commencing 18th Jul 2017
5.30pm - 8.30pm | Tue & Thu session
2 semesters (40 weeks)
Full Fee: $2800.00
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1400.00

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($50).

Commencing 5th Feb 2018
5.30pm - 8.30pm | Mon & Wed session
2 semesters (40 weeks)
Full Fee: $3200.00
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1600.00
Commencing 24th Jul 2018
5.30pm - 8.30pm | Tue & Thu session
2 semesters (40 weeks)
Full Fee: $3200.00
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1600.00

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($50).

Commencing 12th Feb 2018
12.00pm - 4.00pm AEST | Tue and Thu session
6.00pm - 10.00pm AEST | Tue and Thu session
2 semesters (30 weeks)
Full Fee: $3200.00 AUD
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1600.00 AUD
Commencing 16th Jul 2018
12.00pm - 4.00pm AEDT (daylight savings) | Tue and Thu session
6.00pm - 10.00pm AEDT (daylight savings) | Tue and Thu session
2 semesters (30 weeks)
Full Fee: $3200.00 AUD
Year 10, 11 and 12: $1600.00 AUD

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($50).

Online Hardware Requirements

The minimum computer specifications that we recommend for Certificate courses are:

  • i5 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

The minimum suggested computer specifications are:

  • i7 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • 6 series NVidia graphics card
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

If your current computer meets these specifications, you will be able to install and run the software required for your course.

Online Software Requirements

Online students will need the following software to successfully complete the course. All the software is free to download or will be provided on a DVD.

  • Unity3D Personal Edition - Unity
  • Autodesk Maya - Autodesk
  • Gimp - Gimp or purchase Photoshop through the adobe creative suite - Adobe
  • Web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Connect plugin
  • PDF Reader such as Adobe Acrobat reader

Students will also need an internet connection, preferably broadband for streaming live discussions, collaboration and downloads.

This is a direct entry course, no portfolio or interview is necessary.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school’s VET Coordinator for fees.

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