International Students

Study at AIE's Australian Campuses

Australia is a great place to study and live. AIE Campuses are located in cities that have been consistently ranked by the OECD as amongst the best cities in the world for students in terms of student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity.


3D Animation And VFX For Film Courses | Academy Of Interactive Entertainment

3D Animation & VFX for Film

Stage 1 - CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media | CRICOS CODE - 096612.
Stage 2 - CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media | CRICOS CODE - 095767M

Game Art and Animation Courses | Academy Of Interactive Entertainment

Game Art & Animation

Stage 1 - CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media. CRICOS CODE - 096612M
Stage 2 - 10702NAT Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development. CRICOS CODE - 098405

Game Programming Courses | Academy Of Interactive Entertainment

Game Programming

Stage 1 - ICT50215 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games. CRICOS CODE - 096611A
Stage 2 - 10702NAT Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development. CRICOS CODE - 098405B

Game Programming Courses | Academy Of Interactive Entertainment

Game Design & Production

Stage 1 - CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media. CRICOS CODE - 096612M
Stage 2 - 10702NAT Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development. CRICOS CODE - 098405B

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BSB80615 - Specialising in games business. CRICOS CODE - 090519A
BSB80615 - Specialising in film post-production.

Entry Requirements

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.

Exempt Category:

  • 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

Art 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.

Programming Students

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:

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

Living Expenses

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:

Other Information

Unfortunately, at this stage AIE does not accept enrolments from overseas students under the age of 18.

Additional Resources

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.

ESOS framework

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.