Game Design Foundations

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30715

The Game Design Foundations course will teach students how to develop a game from initial concept to playable demo. Using the Unity 3D game engine or Unreal Engine, art and scripts students design gameplay mechanics and refine them while learning the entire development pipeline.

The course covers:

  • Learn how to define and develop game mechanics
  • Develop game design documentation
  • Rapid prototype gameplay
  • Create interactive environments
  • Process feedback to refine game design
  • No prior programming knowledge required
  • Successful completion awarded with Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

The Game Design Foundations course teaches students best practice for iterative game design and emphasises the importance of player feedback. Students will create game design documentation and implement game mechanics through a series of rapid prototypes. Based on player feedback and play testing, the technical mechanics are refined to create a fun and engaging game.

Course Fees and Start Dates

Please see course start dates and associated fees below.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school’s VET Coordinator for fees.

  • Commencing 30th Jul 2019
  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST | Tues, Thu session
  • 2 evening sessions per week + Friday session every fortnight
  • 2 Semesters (20 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $3800
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $1900

  • Commencing 20th Feb 2020
  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT (daylight savings) | Tues, Thu session
  • 2 evening sessions per week. Open room available on Friday
  • 3 Semesters (20 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4180
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $1090

  • Commencing 28th Jul 2017
  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST | Tues, Thu session
  • 2 evening sessions per week. Open room available on Friday
  • 3 Semesters (20 weeks)
  • Full Fee: $4180
  • Year 10, 11 and 12: $2090

Full fee courses include a Learner services fee ($80) and a non-refundable enrolment fee ($60).

Units of Competency

Core

  • BSBDES201

    Follow a design process

  • BSBDES301

    Explore the use of colour

  • BSBDES302

    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

  • BSBDES303

    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

  • BSBDES304

    Source and apply design industry knowledge

  • BSBWHS201

    Contribute to health and safety of self and others

  • CUAACD301

    Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Electives

  • BSBDES305

    Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

  • CUAACD304

    Make scale models

  • CUAPPR301

    Produce creative work

  • ICTICT308

    Use advanced features of computer applications

  • CUAANM303

    Create 3D digital models

Hardware Requirements

The minimum computer specifications that we recommend for Certificate courses are:

  • i5 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

The minimum suggested computer specifications are:

  • i7 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • 6 series NVidia graphics card
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

If your current computer meets these specifications, you will be able to install and run the software required for your course.

Software Requirements

Online students will need the following software to successfully complete the course:

  • Autodesk Maya - Autodesk
  • Photoshop – Student versions can be purchased through the Adobe creative suite. Gimp can be used as a free alternative, however all our course resources and teacher knowledge revolve around using the Creative Cloud applications.
  • Web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Connect plugin
  • PDF Reader such as Adobe Acrobat reader

Students will also need an internet connection, preferably broadband for streaming live discussions, collaboration and downloads.

This is a direct entry course, no portfolio or interview is necessary.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school’s VET Coordinator for fees.

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