Games design and development

The design and development of computer games requires a balanced mix of creative skills along with technical programming skills. Studies in game design and development provide foundation skills and the necessary knowledge to develop modern computer game software.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Games Design and DevelopmentCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study Games Design and Development at Deakin?

Be game: combine creativity with technology

Mix your creative skills and with technical programming skills to design and develop modern computer game software. Enhance your hands-on ability through developing an understanding and appreciation of concepts in software technology relevant to games, including game simulation and modelling, game programming and software engineering, mobile and networked gaming, multiplayer interaction, game design and production, and design of visual and audio content.

Versatile graduates

Whilst acquiring specialised skills in the design and development of computer games, you will also develop a solid foundation in fundamental information technology skills. These skills are highly sought-after by employers as they enable you to be versatile and adapt to the changing needs of the workplace.

Featured student profile Justin Fenech Justin Fenech
Bachelor of Games Design and Development
Melbourne Burwood Campus 

Employed: EA Games 
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Maintaining relevance

We recognise the importance of being closely aligned with the IT industry, maintaining strong industry links through IT representatives from organisations such as Telstra, ANZ and Computershare. These industry representatives provide us with curriculum advice, keeping our courses current and relevant to industry needs, which is key in a sector where change is constant.

Practical experience

As a Deakin information technology (IT) student you gain an edge in the job market through the combination of hands-on experience and high-level theoretical training that our courses provide. You learn by doing, rather than just seeing.

Professional recognition

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your degree is recognised in industry, resulting in stronger job outcomes. You can also choose to study units at Deakin that lead to Cisco certification, giving you a relevant, practical qualification.

Modern facilities with the latest technology

Deakin continually invests in its facilities and IT programs, ensuring you have access to the latest software in fully equipped computer labs from day one of your course.

Flexible study options

The Bachelor of Games Design and Development can be studied full-time or part time, in Geelong, Melbourne or via cloud learning (off-campus, online), where Deakin embraces the best of new and emerging technologies.

Industry experience

Every IT student at Deakin undertakes an internship, providing you with an opportunity to apply your learning and gain valuable industry experience which is credited towards your degree. An internship enables you to experience a professional work environment, develop professional networks and explore career opportunities before you graduate.
High achieving students also have opportunities to apply for full-time, part-time or short-term industry-based learning placements, with industry-funded scholarships on offer.


Deakin University is committed to attracting more female students to its information technology courses. Designed to 'ignite' female interest in non-traditional areas of study and work, IGNITED Scholarships are awarded to successful applicants commencing an undergraduate degree in information technology.

Deakin University also offers scholarships for academic excellence, access and equity, accommodation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ensuring higher education is accessible for all members of the community.

Experience the world while you study

Study Abroad

Our Study Abroad and Exchange Office offers various programs, including exchange, study abroad, short- term study programs, study tours and international volunteer opportunities.

Global Science and Technology Program

The Global Science and Technology Program at Deakin is designed to add an international experience to your IT degree, supporting you to develop new skills and a broader world view while studying overseas.

Learn from experts

Our staff conduct high quality research, generating new, fundamental knowledge which assists industry to advance their technologies and to maintain a competitive edge.

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