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Game on!

New Zealand’s games scene is rapidly becoming a billion-dollar industry.

 

Game development studios, both in New Zealand and globally, are in need of specialist game designers and programmers.

Whether you’re interested in the creative or technical elements of making video games, you can now choose a game development pathway at Otago Polytechnic.

What is a game development pathway?

Study either our Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Design (Communication) with a focus on games.

 

You will learn the core skills associated with each of these degree programmes, but your assignments and projects will be focused on games, developing the specific skills that this fast-paced industry desperately needs.

 

And the best part?

You’ll graduate with a sought-after bachelors’ degree and industry-relevant game development skills.

  

Game Design

Bachelor of Design (Communication)

Animation | Visuals | Game Narratives | World Building | 3D | Character Design

 

Where?

  • Dunedin Campus

When?

  • February 2022

How long?

  • Three years full-time; part-time options

 

The perfect option if you want a design-focused career in the games industry.

  • Focus on developing building skills and knowledge specific to game design design and development during most of your programme
  • Gain valuable practical experience through project and client work
  • Study in a design studio environment
  • Enjoy strong links with local and national industry
  • Take part in talks, presentations, and exhibitions
  • Become a work-ready graduate with a Bachelor of Design (Communication), creative game development skills and a portfolio of games you've created

 

Read more about the programme

Career opportunities in Game Design

  • Generalist Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Game Artist or Animator
  • Gameplay Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Game Prototyping
  • Game Publishing
  • Technical Artist
  • Environmental Artist


 

Check out more career info*

Game Programming

Bachelor of Information Technology

Coding | Game Development | AI & VR | Problem Solving | IT | Software | Building

 

Where?

  • Dunedin Campus

When?

  • February and July 2022

How long?

  • Three years full-time; part-time options

 

The perfect option if you want an IT-focused career in the games industry.

  • Learn by doing with six studio courses run as game projects
  • Build essential work and team skills for the games industry
  • Have fun – study in a creative and innovative environment that includes our game development studio
  • Gain practical experience – internships and real-industry projects are part of your course work
  • Become a work-ready graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology, game programming and development skills and a portfolio of games you've created

 

Read more about the programme

Career opportunities in Game Development for Programmers

  • Generalist Programmer
  • Engine Programmer
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Physics Programmer
  • VFX Programmer
  • AI Programmer
  • Tools Engineer
  • Network Programmer
  • VR/AR Programmer

 

Check out more career info*

How do I apply?

 

Easy! You just apply via our online application form for the Bachelor of Design (Communication) if you want to focus on Game Design or the Bachelor of Information Technology if you want to focus on Game Programming.

 

By reading more about the programmes by clicking on the links above, you’ll be able to check that you meet the entry requirements.

 

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

Don’t panic - we offer pathways into both degrees.

 

For Bachelor of Design (Communication)

To be ready for a February 2022 start, apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) which has open entry and a July 2021 start.

 

For Bachelor of Information Technology

Choose to apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3) which has open entry OR the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) where it’s preferred that you hold the Level 3 certificate, appropriate assessment standards in Digital Technologies Level 2, or have equivalent skills, knowledge and experience.

 

Both of these programmes have a February AND July intake, and last six months.

 

Contact us

Talk to us about the programme and pathway that will suit you best!

Email info@op.ac.nz

Phone 0800 762 786


*Games Industry Careers Map sourced from ScreenSkills (UK)

These programme pathways are under development and subject to final approval.