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Associate Degree of Games Development SAE Institute



Course info


In the Associate Degree, you will complete the first four trimesters of the Bachelor of Games Development, which consists of six trimesters. This will prepare you to enter the workforce as a highly skilled para-professional employee. The Associate Degree is also designed an excellent pathway into the Bachelor of Games Development.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment using industry-standard software like Unreal Engine 4, Unity3D, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Maya, developing for technologies such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Android, and iOS.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities on cross-discipline projects.

For those wanting to go the extra, and thousands of miles, you can complete up to two trimesters of your course at selected SAE campuses across the planet. Suddenly, real-world experience just went worldwide.


SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.

  • Learn advanced-level industry-standard C++ programming language with a specialised focus on games development.
  • Use industry-standard middleware and development packages such as Havoc, Direct X, Ogre, OpenGL, UDK, Unity, and many more.
  • Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the games industry wants.
  • Learn game play programming, game engine programming and tools development – you will be able to develop your own engines from the ground up and create your own tools including importers/exporters and scene managers.
  • Learn the design and technical skills to be able to articulate and implement high-level games concepts – these are key professional attributes required by the games industry and often not addressed in other HE games courses.
  • Develop high-level skills in games design, programming, 3D pipeline, games psychology, and working prototypes – learn how to make your ideas a reality.
  • Start making games in your first trimester.
  • Work with artists, designers, web and mobile developers, film makers, animators and audio specialists.


  • Level designer 

  • User interface designer 

  • Lighting designer 

  • Systems designer 

  • Content designer 

  • Software engineer 

  • Tools engineer 

  • Game play engineer 

  • Back end and network engineer 

  • Security engineer



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Associate Degree of Games Development.

Full Time (Minimum 4 trimesters)

Tuition fees

AUD $49,708 for the entire course


31-May-21, 20-Sep-21


Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive,



4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (Minimum 4 trimesters)

Tuition fees

AUD $49,708 for the entire course


31-May-21, 20-Sep-21


Sydney Campus

39 Regent Street,


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (Minimum 4 trimesters)

Tuition fees

AUD $49,708 for the entire course


31-May-21, 20-Sep-21


SAE Institute

Byron Bay Campus,

373-391 Ewingsdale Road,


New South Wales,

2481, NORTH COAST, Australia

Full Time (Minimum 4 trimesters)

Tuition fees

AUD $49,708 for the entire course


31-May-21, 20-Sep-21


Melbourne Campus

235 Normanby Road,



3205, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (Minimum 4 trimesters)

Tuition fees

AUD $49,708 for the entire course


31-May-21, 20-Sep-21


Perth Campus

116 Roe Street,


Western Australia,

6003, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed secondary studies (high school) and meet English language requirements as outlined below.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

English Language Requirements

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college, or equivalent

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall score. No band score less than 5.5; PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: 54 overall score; TOEFL paper based test: 550 overall score; TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 73 overall score.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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