C++ Programming Foundations

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology ICT30118

This course is designed to introduce students to the range of skills necessary to begin a pathway into a career in programming for the Electronic Games industries. C++ Programming Foundations is an introductory level online course that is extremely flexible allowing students to study at their own pace, in their own time and in their own place while still being fully supported in their learning.

The course contains detailed self paced tutorials, numerous exercises, an assessment task for each of its modules that develops a mini computer game over the duration of study. Course materials include a combination of text based (Adobe Acrobat) and flash based video tutorials, plus links to websites where appropriate.

C++ Programming foundation serves as a valuable bridge to further study in games programming and will build a portfolio for entry into AIE’s Advanced Diploma level courses.

Course Fees and Start Dates

Please see course start dates and associated fees below.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school’s VET Coordinator for fees.

  • Commencements are rolling throughout the year and begin on the first Monday of each month. Flexible study hours available.
  • 2 Semesters (52 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4180
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2090

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Courses fees include a non-refundable enrolment fee ($65).

Training to eligible students living or working in the ACT is delivered with ACT SKILLED CAPITAL FUNDING FOR TRAINING.

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.

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 9GB.

The minimum suggested computer specifications are:

  • Headset with microphone


  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster (recommended)
  • 8 GB Ram
  • DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card


  • maxOS 10.13.5 High Sierra
  • Quad-core Intel, 2.5 GHz or faster (recommended)
  • 8 GB Ram
  • Metal 1.2 Compatible Graphics Card

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

Online students will need the following software to successfully complete the course:

  • A web browser
  • Microsoft Visual Studio (Windows) or Xcode (Mac)
  • Word processing software (MS Word, OpenOffice, etc)
  • Adobe Acrobat reader available from www.adobe.com
  • Students will also need an internet connection, preferably broadband, though ADSL would be sufficient. Beware of the downloads required for each module and ensure your download limits allow for the amounts indicated.

The course contains a series of pdf files (averaging 25kb each, up to 40 – 50 per module ) with some video demonstrations ( averaging 50MB each – there are only a few through the course). There are additional downloads for software and resources used throughout the course and these total to approximately 900mb – split across modules.

Units of Competency


  • BSBSUS401

    Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

  • BSBWHS304

    Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultative processes

  • ICTICT202

    Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment

  • ICTICT301

    Create user documentation

  • ICTICT302

    Install and optimise operating system software

  • ICTSAS308

    Run standard diagnostic tests


  • ICTICT203

    Operate application software packages

  • ICTICT304

    Implement system software changes

  • ICTICT307

    Customise packaged software applications for clients

  • ICTICT308

    Use advanced features of computer applications

  • ICTICT409

    Develop macros and templates for clients using standard products

  • ICTICT305

    Identify and use current industry specific technologies

  • ICTICT306

    Migrate to new technology

  • ICTPRG301

    Apply introductory programming techniques

  • ICTPRG430

    Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

  • ICTPRG413

    Use a library or pre-existing components

  • ICTPRG417

    Apply mathematical techniques for software development

Areas of Study

C++ Programming Foundations is made up of three modules of study. These modules each contain various tutorials and exercises. The modules also contain one overall project, broken down into small assignments, that involves students developing a small game project from scratch over the duration of the course.

Module One (40 hrs):

Module One focuses on teaching students the basics of computer care, OH&S, navigation of their new programming environment plus fundamental data types used in C/C++ languages and how to manipulate them.

Module One's assignment starts off the easy parts of the game project using the techniques learned during the module.

Module Two (40 hrs):

The main focus of Module Two is developing underlying game project design skills that are valuable for creating team friendly code. This module also deals with some slightly more advanced programming techniques used for decisions and branching in a project.

Module Two's assignment adds a lot to the game project using these new techniques.

Module Three (40 hrs):

Module Three focuses on basic math skills that will give students an understanding of how objects move around in a game environment, but also covers user defined storage types and a detailed look at what a game loop should do.

Also covered are some essential sustainability, computer software and hardware skills needed by every programmer.

Module Three's assignment completes the project.

Each module will take approximately 8 weeks to complete, including the assignment.
This is calculated at someone spending about 5hrs a week on the course. Each tutorial set contains approximately 6 - 8 lessons covering all of the subject models.

For further information on C++ Programming Foundations please contact the Student Liaison, on 02 6162 5139 or email online@aie.edu.au.

Reserve your place

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.