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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 and Production degree at Griffith opens the door to this 21st century medium of artistic expression.

Fusing the artistic and technical, games design explores techniques to engage and excite traditional players and broader audiences. You’ll learn that games exist to entertain and challenge as you develop meaningful and accessible interactive experiences.

This degree is designed to equip you with the complex skills you'll need, from character animation to behavioural algorithms and virtual production, for a successful career conceptualising and creating the next wave of games and virtual worlds.

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Study games design at Griffith

Games entertain and challenge

Experiment and specialise

Game design and production requires the collaboration and integration of multidisciplinary teams focused on the application of specialists skills. The rapidly expanding video game industry needs a wide range of creative production skills and expertise. There's also a demand for those with production skills in marketing, project management, game design research, and producing.

You’ll gain essential knowledge and studio experience in areas like virtual production and VFX, 3D art and environments, games programming, art direction, character animation, writing and development, and screen studies.

You’ll have the opportunity to choose a specialisation while having the freedom to explore contemporary developments in the practice of interactive game design and related disciplines such as computer programming, narrative and character development, audio and more.

Team-based projects will allow you to strengthen your practical skills and build your portfolio. Graduates of this degree are truly career ready, culturally competent, and professionally competitive in the global market.

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 also have fantastic opportunities for collaboration with Griffith Film School filmmakers and animators, Queensland College of Art and Design illustrators, designers and 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.

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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.

More scholarships than ever before!

From 2024 Griffith will be offering over 1000 scholarships helping students to cover living and education expenses.

Scholarships are free to apply and offer support for academic achievement, relocation, First Peoples, sports achievement and others. One application form, all scholarships considered.

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Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Tuesday 25 June — Tuesday 25 June

Design and Visual Arts Workshops

Build your creative skills and gain advice to develop your portfolio. You'll learn how to create a portfolio that best represents your unique creativity and skills; complete at least one piece of work for your creative portfolio; meet with our staff and explore our Queensland College of Art and Design studios and facilities.

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Friday 5 July — Friday 5 July

Design and Visual Arts Workshops

Build your creative skills and gain advice to develop your portfolio. You'll learn how to create a portfolio that best represents your unique creativity and skills; complete at least one piece of work for your creative portfolio; meet with our staff and explore our Queensland College of Art and Design studios and facilities.

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Tuesday 16 July — Tuesday 16 July

Griffith Film School Portfolio Application Webinar

Application to study film and animation at Griffith Film School is via portfolio admission and games design has both ATAR/Rank and portfolio pathways. Join our webinar to learn all about the portfolio requirements and tips for success, and the earlier application timeline.

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Queensland College of Art and Design Portfolio Application Webinar

Queensland College of Art and Design (QCAD) uses a range of selection criteria for admission into its programs. Portfolio admission is an optional pathway when applying to the QCAD. Join our webinar to learn about the portfolio requirements, tips for success, and the earlier application timeline.

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Monday 14 July — Saturday 25 October

Trimester 2 - 2025

Our second teaching trimester starts on 14 July.

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Monday 3 November — Saturday 21 February

Trimester 3 - 2025

Our third teaching trimester starts on 3 November.

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