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Diploma of Game Design and Development

Billy Blue College of Design

Welcome to the world of game design and development.

This Diploma will be your introduction to the full spectrum of game art and design. From visual design fundamentals to illustration, game design conception and introductory development processes. You will graduate with the necessary technical skills and exposure to game development to walk into an entry level Game Designer role or continue your studies into the Bachelor.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Available as blended
  • Available online

start dates


  • 10 hours per subject, per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed.

course duration

  • Full-time accelerated: 2 trimesters
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Why Study at Billy Blue

The big difference between Billy Blue and other universities is you’ll start working in your industry from day 1 – getting real experience, learning from real industry professionals and making real industry connections. Plus, we have university accreditation and a commercially focused educational philosophy.

What can you expect when you graduate?

The average salary earned by a Junior Game Designer.

$60 000*


You’ll have a variety of career options, including:

  • Junior Games Designer
  • 2D Game Artist
  • 3D Game Artist

Innovative Learning

We want you to feel, see and be heard. We think that students learn faster and progress through material quicker in smaller classes. Our ‘Blended’ study options mean that you can also study on campus and online during your course.



Careers in Information Technology and Design have evolved significantly in the past decade to include new and emerging fields and specialisations that reflect the digital world we now live in. The emergence of Game Development as a highly significant and growing industry requires the expertise of several well established skills sets namely, game programming, game design and game art. The Diploma of Game Design and Development is specific to the development of game artists and designers and specific to the computer games sector which includes online, mobile and console platforms for electronic games.

Students studying this diploma will be introduced to the full spectrum of game art and design from visual design fundamentals including visual communication and illustration to game design conception and introductory game development processes.

Game Design for computer games requires a high level of technical skill development. In this diploma, students will be introduced to the technical tools and 3D construction techniques that are integral to the collaborative story construction that creative technology products require.

At the completion of the diploma, students will have the necessary technical skills and exposure to game development processes to enable entrepreneurial endeavours in game development or provide a clear pathway and scholarly techniques for further study and skills development.


  • Demonstrate an awareness of the distinction between ethical and unethical game art practice and articulate the impact of the game art and design profession on in immediate game development teams, local and global communities.
  • Describe the game art and design profession in the contemporary global environment, recognising and reflecting on the historical, social, cultural, material and technological contexts of local and international practice.
  • Illustrate a knowledge of research principles, and technical skills required to evaluate game development problems anticipating user behaviour and preferences.

What you’ll study

You’ll need to complete six core subjects and two elective subjects.


Pair your core subjects with your choice of elective and specialised units to begin to build a course based around your specific interests.

How you’ll study

Fit everything in with our flexible course options. You can study when it suits you online or on campus.

How Much

Our pricing structure is as flexible as our study options, so if you have any questions about how you can pay, we can talk you through the options.

How can I pay?

Can I apply

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 certificate (or equivalent)

Applicants with work and life experience

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Relevant work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed, written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospects of success OR
  • Design portfolio (6-10 pieces of original creative work)

Full admissions criteria

  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.
  • International students seeking student visas must comply with regulations from the Department of Home Affairs.

Ready to apply

Applying to Billy Blue is easy. Pick your start date, decide how you’d like to study, then apply online or give us a call and we’ll do it for you.

International students

We prepare international students with the skills and knowledge to be employment-ready, communicate and collaborate with diverse cultures and graduate with a perspective to gain global learning experiences.

More Information

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Yes, all Billy Blue qualifications are accredited by Torrens University Australia and nationally recognised. In addition, Billy Blue’s close industry links ensure that your Billy Blue qualification is highly respected within the design industry.

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Billy Blue Bachelor Degree courses are eligible for FEE HELP (Australian students only). FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

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