Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

SATAC Code
434881 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 66.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 60.60
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in I.T.1
  • 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.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Computing and Information Systems – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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)
System Design and Realisation 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 Concepts INFS 4020 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Foundations INFS 3090 4.5
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): 1
Small Business for Professionals BUSS 2040 4.5
Game Engines INFT 3032 4.5
ICT Capstone Project INFT 3042 4.5 Note(s): 2

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.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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

Study in specialised facilities ranked Number 1 in SA for campus facilities in I.T.1 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)

1 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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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.

Dr Douglas Kelly

Program Director

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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)
Digital Artist & Software Developer | Jumpgate VR

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Billy Bizilis

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