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Diploma of Creative Arts (Game Design)

JMC Academy
Program overview
7-8 months
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Brisbane
11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

Melbourne (Australia)
11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

Sydney
11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

Program description

Diploma of Creative Arts (Game Design)

As gamification becomes an integral part of the future of this world, some of the most in-demand players in the entertainment industry are game developers and visual effects specialists.

Game Design at JMC feeds this drive, providing the skills and knowledge to create fully immersive digital environments. Learn how to design, develop and implement an idea, with emphasis on creativity and expression through concept creation, digital drawing, environment modelling and game-engine implementation.

Get hands-on expertise in leading industry software like Maya and the Unity game engine, and use our 18-camera leading precision motion-capture suites and VR facilities to create interactive game prototypes and quality game assets, and graduate with the skills demanded by leading developers.

At Diploma level, design, develop, prototype and implement an idea, and gain hands-on knowledge of leading industry software and game engines. Explore everything from concept drawing, digital sculpting, visual narrative and games design to expressive animation techniques, game art development, 3D modeling, asset creation and building immersive game spaces.

You will begin to understand the core components of visual narrative and games design and will adopt a range of rich, diverse and expressive animation techniques, which you'll develop into sophisticated outcomes.

A solid foundation in game-art development practice will provide you with the perfect platform upon which to deepen your critical level of knowledge and understanding in a Bachelor degree.

Admission requirements

International applicants must show the following:

  • Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent. For more information click here.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified). For further information please see our 'Entry Requirements by Country' document.
  • Attend an interview in person or over skype.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age on commencement of studies.
  • Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.
  • Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition OR submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.
  • Animation, Games and Digital Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolio of sample work/drawings.

Applications will be accepted until 2 weeks before the course commences, but please note that visa applications can take considerably longer than two weeks to process. Please contact the Australian Embassy in your home country for recommended time frames for processing your visa application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

  • Production Art I
  • Creative Process
  • Game Programming I
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Game Art I
  • Game Studies
  • T2 Electives: Production Art II, Motion Design & Design
  • 3D Animation I

Electives

In trimesters 2, 3 & 4 one unit per trimester is selected from elective options which may include:

T2:

  • Production Art II - for students wishing to focus more on art and character design (concepting, design and art direction for animation and games).
  • Design - relevant to all visual creatives (digital concepts and user experience design).
  • Motion Design - motion graphics, colour and design for the moving image.

T3:

  • Rigging - technical art for students interested in setting up characters for animation.
  • 3D Modelling II - digital sculpture for students interested in character creation and studying the human form.

T4:

  • Motion Capture.
  • Compositing – combining layered elements into finished shots, CG & live action integration, projection mapping and tracking.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the institute website.

Tuition fees

  • Domestic Students: $9,000 per trimester.
  • International Students: $11,300 per trimester (Total tuition fee: $22,600).

Career opportunities

The positive impact of gamification is increasingly being used in a diverse range of roles as a method of communication. Aside from the billion-dollar gaming industry, JMC graduates find work in education and training, planning, corporate business, advertising and many other sectors.

Hit the ground running with a full suite of gaming development tools, from practical hands-on experience, knowledge of all the leading gaming software, strong design capabilities and a savvy and adept gaming portfolio that shows off your skills.

Specific roles may include:

  • Game Designer
  • Game Producer
  • Creative Director
  • Level Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Environment Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Animator
  • Modeller
  • Technical Director
  • Interface Artist
  • Story Writer

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About this institute

Established in 1982 by John Martin Cass, JMC Academy was originally founded in Sydney to meet the demand for qualified professionals in the entertainment technology industry. From day one, JMC Academy broke ground as Australia's first private college to qualify...


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Why study at JMC Academy

At JMC Academy we are focussed on providing opportunities for students to create, connect and develop their craft in a supportive community. We keep our class sizes small so that we can get to know each students' aspirations, strengths, weaknesses and creative voice. Our small course offering of specialist creative industries disciplines means we can regularly update and refine our courses and tech to be future-focussed and relevant to industry developments. Our international network of like-minded institutions ensures we can benchmark our programs against international standards, ensuring our students are able to enter the workforce with confidence wherever in the world they go.

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JMC Academy

171 Bank St
3205 Melbourne
Australia

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www.jmcacademy.edu.au


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