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Games today are a multi-billion dollar industry, and more accessible than ever to people of all ages. Completing a games design degree at Griffith opens the door to this 21st Century medium of artistic expression. Fusing the creative and the technical, games design explores procedures and practices to engage traditional players and broader audiences. Within this challenging field you'll develop meaningful and accessible interactive experiences. Our program is designed to equip you with the complex skills you'll need, from character animation to behavioural algorithms, for a successful career conceptualising and creating the next wave of games and virtual worlds to take their audiences by storm.
Study games design at Griffith
Games entertain and challenge
Whether you’re fired up by commercial game development for Oculus, Playstation, Xbox, iPhone or home computer platforms, you’ll learn the fundamentals of game design in your first year. Develop a focus of specialisation in second year, before embarking on a major team-based capstone project in your third year. You can choose to specialise in concept art, 3D computer imagery, interactive animation and interactive player experience design. You’ll still be free to explore contemporary developments in interactive game design and related disciplines such as computer programming, narrative and character development, audio and more.
Learn from the best
You’ll be taught by some of the country’s leading designers, people who are already extending the parameters of visual and creative arts.
You’ll have fantastic opportunities for collaboration with Griffith Film School filmmakers and animators, Queensland College of Art illustrators, 3D designers, artists, and musicians from Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium.
Creative Arts at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.
As part of Australia’s largest film school, you’ll have access to an exciting calendar of on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. Build your portfolio and develop vital contacts and networks through our key industry links. Work on games design projects for real clients through our commercial multimedia production arm, LiveLab.
Games Design show reel
Study Games Design at Griffith to create the next wave of games and virtual worlds.
Henrik Pettersson: Game of the Year for 'The Gardens Between'
Henrik Pettersson is one of the country’s hottest games designers. His latest title, The Gardens Between, took out Game of the Year at the Australian Game Development Awards and was recognised by Apple as the year’s Best Mac Game. Most recently, at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference the game won a prestigious Apple Design Award for outstanding artistry, technical achievement, user interface and application design. ‘I’ve spent the past four years of my life designing this game, so it is a thrill to pick up these awards and to see people enjoying it.’
Henrik moved half way around the globe to enrol in the Bachelor of Games Design—relocating from his home in Sweden to study at Griffith. ‘The degree was quite new and the fact that it was based at an arts college with a film school meant that we had quite a wide breadth of artistic craft, skills and knowledge. It was only possible to create something like The Gardens Between because of my time at Griffith —I had that artistic background, which allowed me to communicate better with my team of artists, designers and composers.
|Bachelor of Creative and Interactive Media||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Games Design||South Bank
|Bachelor of Games Design (Honours)||South Bank
|Doctor of Visual Arts||South Bank
|Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media||South Bank
|Master of Arts in Visual Arts||South Bank
|Master of Interactive Media||South Bank
|Master of Visual Arts||South Bank
Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.
|Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business||Gold Coast
It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.
Skills to take you anywhere
Graduate with great connections to Brisbane's thriving game development community
Become equipped to join the ranks of those working locally and internationally as game designers, game programmers, 3D artists and concept artists. You'll have a valuable grounding in industry-quality design practice, and the knowledge and experience to make your games design dreams a reality. Griffith graduates have a strong tradition of forming their own independent game development studios. Many also find success in areas such as mining, medical simulation and training and educational software development.
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