Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 33,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
067898K

Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for Teaching Quality in I.T.
  • Enter the world of games development and programming.
  • Work on a major ICT project in your final year.
  • Build a dynamic career developing new and exciting applications for different industries and markets.
  • Apply technical skills and creativity to game-type productions, software and interfaces.
  • Study computer graphics programming, multimedia design and information visualisation.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • A common first year across IT degrees enables you to switch between specialisations and receive credit for completed courses.
  • Experience the Gaming Lab, Software Development Lab, IT Studio Space, Networking and Cybersecurity teaching spaces and the IT project  studio.

  • Learn using the latest industry tools, technologies and research to see how games are designed and created.

  • Gain practical real-world experience through placements and projects with industry partners.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

Become a game designer and programmer, design games and pitch them, to gain experience bringing games to market. In this degree you will learn to make games through exposure to the full games pipeline - from asset creation through to game engines and programming.  

With the ongoing growth in games and entertainment, employers need specially trained IT professionals who can build highly visual systems.  In your studies you will learn through exposure to the real working world, and from the very latest in research developments and technologies. Opportunities are available to students for industry placements, internships and research projects with industry partners.

You will graduate ready to enter the creative and software development industries, with a respected degree that’s professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Our IT degrees have a number of flexible entry and exit pathways with a common first year. You can switch between specialisations and receive credit for the courses you have already completed. Complete an associate degree in two years and a bachelor degree in three years. If you finish your three year degree with a suitable grade point average, you will be eligible for the additional one-year Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) which leads to the PhD program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start your degree with core courses in information technology. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas such as IT, network, database and programming fundamentals, and systems analysis. You will then specialise in Game Development as you move on to your major in games and entertainment design.

In your final year you’ll work on a major ICT project.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Information Technology Fundamentals INFT 1016 4.5
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5
Network Fundamentals INFT 1012 4.5
Design Thinking Studio INFT 1030 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Object Oriented Programming COMP 1046 4.5
Data Driven Web Technologies INFS 1025 4.5
System Requirements and User Experience INFS 1026 4.5
System Requirements Studio INFT 1031 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Software Design and Implementation INFS 2044 4.5
System Design Studio INFS 2045 4.5
Game Asset Design INFT 2062 4.5
Data Structures Essentials COMP 2012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Agile Development and Governance INFS 2041 4.5
Project Studio INFS 2043 4.5
Game Design COMP 3025 4.5
Big Data Basics INFS 5095 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5 Note(s): 1
Android Games Development INFT 3034 4.5
Design Patterns with C++ COMP 3023 4.5
Operating Systems and Tool Chains COMP 2035 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Small Business for Professionals BUSS 2040 4.5
Game Engines INFT 3032 4.5
ICT Capstone Project INFT 3042 4.5 Note(s): 3

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Interactive studio exercises 
  • Industry aligned projects 
  • Industry based internships  
  • Hands-on practical activities 
  • Collaborative group projects 
  • Reports and project documentation 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design)

Why this Degree

Enter the world of game development and programming and learn how to bring your game ideas to life. Over the course of this degree you will learn a variety of game development skills and explore a variety of topics, including:

  • Unreal Game Engine

  • Unity Game Engine

  • Full Pipeline from Asset Creation through to Game Engine

  • Game Asset Creation

  • Game Design

  • Mobile Game Development

  • 3D Graphical Production 

You will learn to apply technical skills and creativity to wider productions, software and interfaces, studying areas such as:

  • User Experience
  • Software Development Tools
  • Programming
  • Python and Java
  • Along with the design skills to allow you to be a great programmer.
     

Using the latest industry tools, you will develop skills in computer graphics programming, multimedia design and information visualisation and you will have access to the IT Development Studio, and IT Studio Space. This program will not only prepare you for a career in game development but also make you eligible to pursue careers in software development, improving your employment prospects.

You will also learn through exposure to industry relevant exercises and state-of-the-art research developments and technologies. An innovative program design provides you with the opportunity to learn core concepts followed by an intensive four-week interactive studio where the concepts you have learnt will be reinforced through practise. You will further develop your skills through practical application on a range of problems. Four studio courses are crafted to provide you with skills in design thinking, system requirements, system design and Agile development and project management.  Non-technical skills are interwoven through the studio intensives in order to develop the qualities that are highly sought after and valued by industry. You will apply your learning in a final year capstone project that solves a

Real-world connections

With more than 200 industry partners, we offer you opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements. Our partners include Fujitsu Australia, SA Water, Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide and more. UniSA is also home to several research centres:

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. During your studies you will also have access to world-class facilities such as the IT Development Studio and the IT Studio Space.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

By 2023, employment in ICT is expected to grow strongly in Australia. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 25,500 jobs for software and applications programmers (or 21 per cent)
  • 2,300 jobs for ICT business and systems analysts (or 9.5 per cent)
  • 2,900 jobs for Game Development (or 37 per cent)
  • 8,200 jobs for ICT managers (or 13.9 per cent)
  • 8,100 jobs for ICT Network and Support professionals (or 15.3 per cent)

Careers to consider:

  • game designer: collaborating with designers and product managers to define game features and system requirements; delivering high quality, functional systems on time and according to specifications; understanding user experience
  • Android/iOS developer: developing iterative software; collaborating with other developers through code reviews, software planning, and standup meetings; contributing to projects from concept to delivery; writing clear, well-commented code
  • mobile game developer: leading and implementing mobile game development; researching, analysing, designing, developing and testing business appropriate solutions; developing solutions that meet needs for functionality, performance, scalability and reliability

Explore a range of IT and computing careers here.

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018 and igea.net

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Information Technology at UniSA. 
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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry software in our technology spaces such as the IT Development Studio, the Mac Lab, and the Wearable Computer Lab.

You will also benefit from our culture of innovation and startup community. We’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into startup enterprises with a bright future. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the University’s startup incubator, you have access to programs (such as Venture Catalyst), services and expertise including:

  • Technology (DXC Technology and UniSA IT)
  • Design (matchstudio)
  • Business growth (Centre for Business Growth)
  • Business management strategy and marketing
  • Commercialisation (UniSA Ventures)
Your study spaces

Your program director

I’m passionate about building university degrees that help students further their careers. The biggest reward I get is meeting students later in their careers and having them say how useful what they learned at our University was for them. My Phd was in programming languages and concurrency. However, more recently I have been working with virtual reality technologies and the internet of things.

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What others are saying

When I was younger, I discovered gaming and fell in love with the creative fantasy worlds each game provided. I always thought that it would be a dream career to be able to create games just like the ones I play. With all of the experience I gained at UniSA, this has now become a reality, and I am working as a digital artist for a virtual reality studio.

Billy Bizilis

Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design)
Employment: Jumpgate VR
Role: Digital Artist & Software Developer

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Billy Bizilis

Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design)
<br />Employment: Jumpgate VR