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Get your game on

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.

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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.

Practical experience

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.

Thembi Hanify

Queensland College of Art graduate

Working in the art department of New York-based fashion label Rag & Bone, design graduate Thembi Hanify has fond memories of studying at Queensland College of Art. “I really feel like I learned so much in my time there,” she says. “My tutors were very supportive and their real-world critique and experience gave me the knowledge I needed to make the jump into the deep end that is New York.” Thembi says it was great to be part of such a diverse creative community while studying. “Interacting with students from different areas, like photography and fine art, greatly influenced my approach to visual communication,” she says.

Thembi Hanify

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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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Monday 27 February — Saturday 17 June

Trimester 1 (International)

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester starting on Monday 27 February.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.

Tuesday 16 May — Tuesday 25 April

Discover Griffith – Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You’ll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.

Monday 22 May — Friday 26 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.

Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2 (International)

Our second trimester runs from Monday 3 July to Saturday 14 October 2017.

Monday 3 July — Friday 22 September

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester for 2017 runs from Monday 3 July to Friday 22 September.

Tuesday 4 July — Wednesday 5 July

Twilight Tours - Gold Coast & Nathan

Tour our Gold Coast or Nathan campus with a current Griffith student. Get a feel for what studying at Griffith is like, see our facilities, and learn the best spots on campus for study, great food and fun activities. You’ll also have the chance to chat to a current student about your preferred degree and their Griffith experience. Find out more.

Sunday 23 July — Tuesday 25 April

Open Day

Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses at Open Day to find out about student life and discover what's possible at Griffith.