Game Design & Development

Whether you’re interested in creative or technical gaming, both our Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Design (Communication) programmes can be studied with a focus on game design/development. 

 

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Seamlessly transition from study to industry with a sought-after bachelors’ degree, industry-relevant game development or design skills, and a portfolio of games you’ll create as your study.

If you want a design-focused career in the games industry, study the Bachelor of Design (Communications) with a focus on gaming. Career opportunities include a Game Artist or Animator, Gameplay Designer, Narrative Designer or a Technical or Environmental Artist. If you don't meet the entry requirements for the degree, start with our Game Design pathway programme - the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) - and build the knowledge and degree-level portfolio you need to apply.

If you want a development-focused career in the games industry, study the Bachelor of Information Technology with a focus on gaming. Career opportunities include a Gameplay Programmers, AI Programmer, VR/AR Programmer or a Tools Engineer. If you don't meet the entry requirements for the degree, start your study journey with our Level 3 Computing programme (open entry) or our Level 4 IT Essentials certificate (some assessment standards or equivalent needed for entry). 

Gain the core skills associated with each of these degrees and enjoy the chance to have games design- or development-focused assignments and projects. Develop the specific skills that this fast-paced and growing industry needs, and graduate as a work-ready Game Designer or Developer with the talent to create better experiences and more responsive products and services, honed for the games industry.

 

 

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Game Design - start here!

Are you a content creator or interested in a career as a 3D artist? Harness the power of Unreal Engine to create virtual worlds for games or architectural visualisations, or work within the field of virtual production. After this certificate, pathway to our Bachelor of Design (Communication) to increase your game design skills.

Game Design & Development pathways

Design, Information Technology

Learn how to craft ideas and tell stories through still and moving images, text, sound, and interactive media. You will develop industry-ready skills during this hands-on programme and have the chance to practise these during community and client-driven projects that focus on positive social and environmental change. In year one, you’ll study a broad range of different media to discover where your strengths lie before choosing your speciality for years two and three.

Duration

3 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Animator, Art Director, Character Designer, Design Project Manager, Design Researcher, Filmmaker, Game Artist or Animator, Game Designer, Game Publishing, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Level Designer, Narrative Designer, Web Designer

Information Technology

Learn what IT professionals do and build the communication skills you need to work effectively in the industry. During this hands-on degree, you'll cover a broad general knowledge of IT and then focus on an area that interests you most. Through a series of projects, you'll gain industry-relevant techniques so you can hit the ground running.

Duration

3 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

AI Programmer, Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Cloud Developer, Engine Programmer, Gameplay Programmer, Generalist Programmer, Network Engineer, Physics Programmer, Programmer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator, Tools Engineer, UX Engineer, VFX Programmer, VR/AR Programmer, Web Developer

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.