Turn your passion for gaming into a career! When undertaking this course, you will learn how to design video games from the ground up, covering topics such as storyboarding, Artificial Intelligence in gaming, Character Design, Character Scripting, Programming with Unity and Visual studio and much more.  At the completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to build a successful career within the digital and interactive games industry. Gain employment as an assistant animator, assistant game designer, games developer support, 2D/3D Artist support and more.  The design, graphics and programming skills you learn during this course will stand you in good stead to develop digital games briefs, either as a small independent specialist or as part of a larger team.  You'll also have an opportunity to work in new and emerging areas such as online game development, mobile device gaming, interactive internet and TV game development.


Industry recognition
Industry recognition

Complete this course and cover the learning materials required for Vendor Certification

Get recognised across Australia
Get recognised across Australia

This is a nationally accredited qualification

100% online delivery
100% online delivery

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Course Description

Course Structure

This program has been created with a blend of vendor specific, vendor neutral, and trainer developed materials. Vendor training is recognised internationally as an industry benchmark for product specific training. Upskilled uses an online Learning Management System to manage the delivery and assessment of learning resources. The program is conducted over a 12 month period through a blended learning approach of teacher-led workshops or webinars, distance education, and online materials.

Vendor Courses*
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft C#.NET Language
Vendor Neutral Courses
  • Storyboards
  • Video Game Design
  • Unity5 Game Creation
  • Blender Graphic Element Design
  • Blender Animation
  • 3D Environments
  • 3D Character Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence in Gaming
  • Programming within Unity and Visual Studio
  • History of Games
  • Character Design
  • Character Scripting
Upskilled Courses/Workshops
  • Business Need
  • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright
  • Technical Documentation
  • Project Management
  • Working with Teams
  • Workplace Health and Safety

* Vendor exams are not included in the Upskilled course

Pathways into the qualification

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:


  • Demonstrated vocational experience in a range of work environments such as digital media, games development, animation, graphics design or similar roles.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Participants often come with experience in one or more ICT competencies, vocationally acquired from a range of sources (both formal and otherwise). Upskilled acknowledges the validity of such experience and encourages candidates to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning where applicable. Upskilled's RPL Calculator is a guide to initial RPL standing, although participants are sometimes entitled to further RPL as enrolment progresses.


Assessment is summative and formative with set assignments, project work, and questionnaires.


Upskilled Information Technology courses include detailed learning materials, assessments, online trainer support and upon successful completion, certification for ICT50215 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games.

IT students also have access to Pluralsight's online training library, one of the most comprehensive online video training library in the world and is delivered by those in the industry. The content is accessible 24/7 so you can study and further your skills whenever it suits you.


This qualification utilises many and varied types of learning materials and assessments. These resources are managed and provided through Upskilled’s Learning Management System, MyUpskilled. Access to a Microsoft based Personal Computer and an internet connection is required to complete any Upskilled IT qualification that utilises Microsoft Courses (listed above).

Required Equipment

All participants will require the following hardware and software:

  • Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or higher)
  • Browser Mozilla Firefox 3 (or higher)
  • Browser Apple Safari 2 (or higher)
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7, 8 (or higher)
  • Operating System Apple Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher)
  • Processor Pentium III 1 GHz (or better)
  • Processor Macintosh Intel-based or PowerPC G4 (or better)
  • RAM 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection 256K (broadband recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 (current version recommended)
  • Adobe Reader 9 (or higher)

Other requirements may apply to supplemental offline activities. Omitting these optional activities does not affect course completion.

**NOTE: There is a requirement to download and install game editing software Unity5, and drawing/animation software Blender. The student’s computer must have the minimum requirements for this software.

Unit Outline

The online e-Learning course addresses the following units of competency from the National ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package. All competencies must be successfully completed to attain the diploma. 

The program is broken into 4 logical clusters of training within the broad category of ICT systems: 1/ Core Infrastructure; 2/ Continuity & Security; 3/ Continuous Improvement; and 4/ Service Delivery & Governance

Unit Code
Unit Name
ICTGAM501Create design concepts for digital games and 3-D media
ICTGAM503Create a complex 3-D interactive computer game
ICTGAM523Collaborate in the design of 3-D game levels and environments
ICTICT419Work effectively in the digital media industry
BSBWHS403Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
ICTGAM516Animate a 3-D character for digital games
ICTGAM512Create and implement designs for a 3-D games environment
ICTICT514Identify and manage the implementation of current industry specific technologies
ICTGAM518Animate physical attributes of models and elements
ICTGAM526Create complex 3-D characters for games
ICTGAM514Design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment
ICTGAM521Create interactive 3-D environments for digital games
ICTGAM519Manage technical art and rigging in 3-D animation
ICTICT408Create technical documentation
ICTGAM517Produce a digital animation sequence
ICTGAM525Apply digital texturing for the 3-D environment in digital games

Career Outcomes

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • 2D/3D artist
  • Animator
  • Designer
  • Games developer
  • Graphic/media designer
  • Interactive digital media developer
  • Mobile games programmer
  • PC games programmer
  • Web designer

Further Study

Pathways from the qualification:

ICT60215 Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Project Management; a range of other ICT Advanced Diploma or Vocational Graduate Certificate qualifications; or other relevant higher education sector qualifications.

For information about Pathways to University, click here.

* Vendor Certifications are current at the time of publishing but are subject to change as these are managed by external organisations to Upskilled.

Flexible Payment Options

Upskilled offers three flexible payment options for our students. Enquire now for more information on payment methods and government funding.

Pay up-front

Save 15% ($675) when paying upfront through Upskilled.
Total course cost: $3,825

Interest free payments

No deposit, no interest to pay for 24 months with ZipMoney. Get started for just $44 a week.
Total course cost: $4,500

Government subsidies

This course is eligible for Smart & Skilled (NSW) funding. Enquire now to find out if you're eligible.

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