Undergraduate major

Games Art and Design

Set yourself up for a career in the games production industry with this tailored course taught by international experts.

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Murdoch code

MJ-GMAD

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

Take your passion for video games to the next level and develop the creative thinking and production skills that you need for a career in the games industry.

In this course you’ll level up your knowledge of games art and design processes, production concepts and industry-standard tools and techniques. By creating games and mods you’ll learn about animation, 3D modelling, concept art, and designing for mobile and virtual reality platforms.

This major allows you to explore different areas of specialisation to suit your dream career path, so you’ll learn what’s involved working as a: concept artist, games designer or technical artist.

For roles in concept art, you’ll learn how to bring your ideas to life, building skills in 2D illustration and character design. For roles in games design, you’ll learn to construct virtual worlds, as well as techniques for level design and developing high-concept gameplay. And for roles in production art, you’ll learn to create characters, props and terrains, and will explore production art processes for 3D modelling, animation and texture painting.

Depending on the area you choose, you can learn how game designers create games and gamified systems around systems of play, how concept artists transform ideas into visuals, or how production artists create characters, props and terrains.  This allows you to gain the benefits of the fundamental concepts in digital art workflows and design, as well as the relevance and experience of working with industry best-practices.

3 reasons to study Games Art and Design at Murdoch

  1. Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2020
  2. Work with real organisations on real projects, and complete internships through our work integrated learning program. Our students have collaborated with Black Lab Games and the Water Corporation in the past.
  3. Follow in the footsteps of some of our other Murdoch graduates who have gone on to work on Furious 7, Fantastic Four, The Hobbit and more.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Advanced 3D character animation
  • Mobile app and interaction design
  • VR, platforms and publishing
  • Critical games play and design
  • Digital painting

Your future career

The games industry is experiencing substantial growth and the ubiquity of games means that there are not only more jobs than ever available in the entertainment games space, but that companies in other fields are looking to skilled games graduates to create digital experiences for their business needs, such as simulation, training, or education. Careers could include:

  • Concept or Technical Artist
  • Animator
  • Character or Environment Modeller
  • Game or Level Designer
  • Production or Lighting Artist

You could work in various local and international agencies as well as in web development.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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