Advanced Diploma

Game Programming - CIP Code 11.0804

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.

This program has been developed in response to industry needs and runs for two years, full-time.

Course Content

Stage One

The first year of the course is a foundation year, intended to provide students with advanced game programming skills. The course takes students through languages and technologies used heavily by the gaming industry, including C, C++, C#, OpenGL, game libraries and version controls as well as developing maths, problem solving, and practical programming proficiency.

Although the course takes a games approach, it is also suitable for anyone wanting to learn real-time application development skills which are highly sought after across all areas of programming and simulation.

Stage Two

In the second year the course covers specific algorithms and technologies used in game development and builds on the students core language skills. Students cover more advanced development techniques as well as learning how to develop using industry standard game engines.

By the end of the year students will have experience in 3D graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Networking, Physics & Collision, Console Hardware, Profiling, and Managing medium to large scale software projects. Students focus on developing their skills in all aspects of C++ programming before focusing on specialised areas, and developing across multiple platforms.

Major Game Project

In second year of this course game programming students will work together with game design and game art students in development teams to design and produce a playable game. This project closely mirrors the real-world production cycle in an industry development studio, covering the entire process from pitching the game idea, through writing game design documents, evaluating technical requirements, managing workload, meeting deadlines, delivering commercial quality artwork and animation, bug-fixing, QA testing and market analysis of the game.

Subjects you will study

Stage One

  • Introduction to C++
  • Health and Safety in the Office
  • Maths for Games
  • Code Design and Data Structures
  • Artificial Intelligence for Games
  • Introduction to C#
  • Cross-platform Development
  • Production Planning
  • Production

Stage Two

  • Computer Graphics
  • Complex Game Systems
  • Physics for Games
  • Proof of Concept
  • Sustainability
  • Major Production
  • Online Professional Portfolio

Software You Will USe

Students utilize industry standard software and resources such as:

  • Visual Studio — Programming in C, C++ and C#
  • Open GL — Low-level computer graphics programming
  • Game Engines — Unity and Unreal Engine
  • Perforce or Git — Collaborative version control tools
  • Open-source Libraries — Public code-bases commonly used throughout programming industries

Your Career Opportunities

  • Game engine programmer
  • Physics engine programme
  • Graphics engine programmer
  • Artificial intelligence programmer
  • Sound programmer
  • Gameplay programmer
  • Software engineer
  • UI programmer
  • Input programmer

A range of game programming roles within game development including Gameplay Programmer, Network Engineer, Graphics-Shader Developer, 3D Game Engine Programmer, Tools Developer and many others.

Graduates would also use these skills in a range of similar roles within games-based simulation and training as well as general software development roles.

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolios should include actual code samples as well as compiled working applications. Past portfolios have included IOS/Windows/Android mobile applications, game engine mods, Visual Basic/Studio projects, and various other examples.

Good grades in math, physics, information technology, and other computer-related classes are useful indicators of an aptitude to learn how to program and may be used in lieu of a portfolio for individuals with no previous experience. If you have a passion for programming, a willingness to learn directly from the industry, and an aptitude for problem solving, then we want to talk with you!

Students Will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency using industry standard software, middleware, languages and version control: such as: Visual Studio, Advanced C++, C#, Python, HTMLS and Open GL, UML, Unity, PhysX, UDK (Unreal) and GITHUB. (Performance, Problem Solving, Responsibility)
  • Demonstrate appropriate project management skills for entry into the interactive game industry as a programmer. (Collaboration, Communication, Performance, Problem Solving, Responsibility)
  • Use analytical thinking skills to design, develop and troubleshoot. (Communication, Performance, Problem Solving, Responsibility)
  • Analyze and interpret user requirements to design and develop appropriate solutions. (Communication, Performance, Problem Solving, Responsibility)
  • Interpret information received from a variety of sources; including reference manuals, the Internet, computerized help systems and colleagues. (Collaboration, Communication, Performance, Problem Solving)
  • Identify own skills and abilities and develop strategies for effectively using them in group settings. (Communication, Problem Solving)
  • Initiate and participate in projects requiring teams of diverse individuals. (Collaboration, Communication, Performance, Problem Solving, Responsibility)
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. (Communication, Performance, Responsibility)
  • Prepare an employment portfolio including a resume, cover letter, letters of reference and show reel/work samples and pitch a concept. (Collaboration, Communication, Performance, Responsibility)

Our Fees

Cohort Commencing 2023
Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development - Game Programming $49,200

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Payment Plans

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