Game Design Foundations

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30715

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.

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.

  • Commencing 11th Feb 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Thu session
  • Delivered over 2 years
  • 4 Semesters (60 weeks)
  • NSW Board endorsed course | On campus delivery
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

  • School Holidays:
  • 12 - 16th Apr
  • 5 - 9th Jul
  • 27 - 1st Oct
  • 2021
  • 17 - 21st Jan
  • 18 - 22nd Apr
  • 4 - 8th Jul
  • 2022
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 5 days per week
  • 6 x 1 week (40 hrs) delivered over consecutive school holiday periods over 2 years
  • NSW Board endorsed course | On campus delivery
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

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

  • Commencing 1st Feb 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Mon, Wed session
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

  • Commencing 20th Jul 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Tues, Thu session
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

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.

  • Commencing 1st Feb 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Mon, Wed session
  • Evenings, 2 nights per week
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

  • Commencing 20th Jul 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Tues, Thu session
  • Evenings, 2 nights per week
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

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

  • Commencing 8th Feb 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST | Mon, Wed session
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

  • Commencing 26th Jul 2021
  • 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST | Tues, Thu session
  • 2 Semesters (40 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4400
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2200

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.

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

  • Unity3D Personal Edition - Unity
  • Autodesk Maya - Autodesk
  • Photoshop – Student versions can be purchased through the Adobe creative suite. Gimp can be used as a free alternative, however all our course resources and teacher knowledge revolve around using the Creative Cloud applications.
  • 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.

Units of Competency

Game Design Theory

  • BSBWHS201

    Contribute to health and safety of self and others

  • BSBDES304

    Source and apply design industry knowledge

  • BSBDES305

    Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

  • BSBDES202

    Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

Game Design Practice

  • BSBDES201

    Follow a design process

  • CUAACD301

    Produce drawings to communicate ideas

  • BSBITU312

    Create electronic presentations

Game Engine Fundamentals

  • BSBDES303

    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

  • BSBDES302

    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

  • BSBDES301

    Explore the use of colour

  • BSBDES202

    Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

Game Production

  • BSBCRT402

    Collaborate in a creative process

  • CUAPPR301

    Produce creative work

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.