Study at AIE's Australian Campuses
Australia is a great place to study, with Melbourne and Sydney ranked as the 2nd and 4th best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity. Canberra has an even bigger claim to fame, with the OECD naming it the best place to live based on income, jobs, health, access to services, environment, education, safety, civic engagement and housing.
Overseas applicants must be over 18 in order to be eligible for study at AIE.
English Language Requirements
Applicants will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language test score or evidence that they are exempt by meeting the criteria below.
English Language IELTS Overall Score:
A score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.0 for Writing, and 6.0 for Listening). Students who do not meet the English requirements will be given a Provisional Letter of Offer. In this situation you will be required to enrol in a suitable English language course prior to commencing your studies at AIE. AIE works with many providers and is able to help you with your choice of language centre.
- Students who have completed at least five years’ study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
- Citizens and passport holders of one of the following English speaking countries: UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
- Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying to study at AIE
- Students who are enrolled in full-time school studies as a principal course including in a secondary exchange programme, a postgraduate research course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students
It is important that applicants to AIE game and film art courses demonstrate their creative abilities. A basic portfolio is the most important component of an art student’s application. All applicants must provide evidence of 2D or 3D artistic and/or design ability. AIE does not expect students to have fully completed or highly professional portfolio pieces -just some evidence of creative ability and talent in drawings, sculpture, or basic animation. Examples of which to be presented in a suitable format (CD for example), and sent with the Application Form. The work presented will not be returned to the applicant.
Students interested in the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Programming) should present a portfolio of sample code or completed applications. Applicants need to be highly competent in mathematics, have proven ability in a programming language.
Academic Qualifications and Direct Entry
Completion of high school in your home country is highly desirable. Students who do not fulfill this requirement are still encouraged to apply as the success of application is primarily decided on portfolio or programming potential. Students with existing skills or experience can apply for Direct Entry and may be eligible for credit and/or advanced standing into second year of study.
There are a number of ELICOS Centres located in Canberra and Melbourne AIE can advise you on your choice. Refer to the following websites for further details:
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment provides pathway opportunities for students who wish to continue their studies at university level. As AIE offers nationally recognised courses, most Australian universities will issue up to two years advanced standing for relevant degrees.
Currently, the University of Canberra – grants AIE Advanced Diploma (art) graduates 36 credit points (equivalent to eighteen months full-time study) towards a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production. Advanced Diploma students [ Programming ] can also achieve 24 to 36 points credit towards a Bachelor of Information Technology degrees at University of Canberra (UC). To view all AIE credit transfer arrangements with UC, please search their articulation database.
Deakin University in Melbourne grants AIE Advanced Diploma students [Programming] 18 months to 2 years advanced standing into its Bachelor of Information Technology degrees. AIE students receiving a maximum credit of two years must complete a further one year of study at Deakin. Deakin further offers AIE advanced diploma students [Art] Advanced standing up to one year into Multimedia degree programs. To view all AIE credit transfer arrangements with Deakin University, please search their articulation database.
AIE students have also successfully negotiated credit arrangements of 18 months to two years with a number of other universities including Charles Sturt University. Murdoch University and the Australian National University.
AIE is currently negotiating with a number of other universities in Australia to establishing greater choices in university education for AIE graduates. For further information, please contact AIE Canberra.
Living in Australia
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra offer a range of accommodation options for international students including: hostels, serviced apartments, furnished or unfurnished houses or flats/apartments. International students often organize temporary accommodation for their arrival and then find rental accommodation in a share house or independently. Generally, accommodation becomes more expensive the closer it is to the CBD. You would therefore need to consider the combined cost of rent and transport when choosing accommodation. For more information about accommodation, visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/accommodation
Living costs include things like accommodation, food, entertainment, utilities (water, power, internet) and clothing which will vary according to your lifestyle. Checkout this cost of living factsheet as a general guide.
For specific accommodation, transport and information on the local area around each of our campuses, please visit the campus pages:
Unfortunately, at this stage AIE does not accept enrolments from overseas students under the age of 18.
In addition to tuition fees for the games and 3D animation courses, there may be additional resources students need to purchase including textbooks, stationery, hardware, software and other material and equipment. Please contact AIE for further information.
Overseas Student Health Cover
Students intending to study in Australia are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before being issued with a Student Visa. AIE’s preferred provider is Australian Health Management (AHM). Please refer to the following website for further information on costs, terms and conditions: Australian Health Management.
Students Under 18
Unfortunately, at this stage AIE does not accept enrolments from applicants under the age of 18 to any of our full-time games programming or 3D animation courses.
Student Visa Requirements for AIE Courses
For information on how to apply for a Student Visa for AIE games, 3D and film courses, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate, or visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for more information.
As an international student studying with an CRICOS registered provider you have rights and responsibilities which are governed by Australian Law. These rights and responsibilities are outlined in the ESOS Framework which is available from Australian Government Department of Education and Training. You will be required to read this document prior to enrolling at AIE.