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Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development – Specialising in Game Programming

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

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Game programmers drive the game development process; creating the framework, functionality and interaction in the game. Regarded as the essential ingredient in the development process, game programmers are highly valued and continually in demand.

AIE’s Game Programming course teaches students languages and technologies used in the games industry, including C++, C#, OpenGL and game engines, as well as developing problem-solving skills.

This course has been written in consultation with leading local and international game developers and runs for two years, full-time. AIE graduates are working in games studios on titles including Fall Guys, Conan Chop-Chop, the Call of Duty franchise and Godfall.

Areas of study

Code design and data structures; artificial intelligence, 3D computer graphics; cross platform development; virtual reality and augmented reality development (AR/VR); game programming languages C++ and C#; OpenGL, networking, physics and collision detection, and managing software projects.

A key area of study in this program is two production-focused projects where innovative games are developed in teams consisting of game design, game art and game programming students working collaboratively. Teams learn real-world production cycles in an industry-simulated development environment, from pitching their game idea, through to writing game design documents, evaluating technical requirements, managing workload, meeting deadlines, delivering content, bug-fixing, QA testing, publishing and showcasing their game.

Career opportunities

Game engine programmer, network engineer, AI programmer, graphics-shader developer, software engineer, tools developer, gameplay programmer.

Practical experience

AIE courses are taught in a studio-simulated learning environment. Students develop hands-on skills and knowledge by working on real-world tasks. AIE Trainers are experienced industry professionals who know what it takes to make it in game programming.

Fees and charges

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The VET Student Loans program allows eligible students enrolled in AIE's approved Advanced Diploma courses to defer part of the cost of their tuition fees. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Admission criteria

Interview and portfolio: Entry for the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development – specialising in Game Programming - is based on an interview. At the interview we will review your portfolio of work, including any technical or creative works you have made. We are looking for your passion, ideas and aptitude for the course.

Other pathways: Students can also enter this program through the successful completion of a Certificate II or III program in a related area. This will assist them in the development of a portfolio and demonstrate aptitude for entry to this Advanced Diploma.

How to apply

Apply online at the AIE website. Do not apply through UAC.

Further information

View all details of this course on the AIE website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

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