Get your career game on! Our information, digital media and technology course is a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT) available to Victorian secondary school students and VCAL students studying Year 10 to Year 12.

Lightmare Studios developed this award winning traineeship, which we co deliver. Our information, digital media and technology traineeship introduces you to the Australian games design industry and its unique working environment. Develop foundation drawing and animation skills and knowledge while you study at Box Hill Institute and practise these skills during weekly live, supervised online work shifts for Lightmare.

During this games design course, you will study at one of Box Hill Institute’s 3 campuses 1 day per week for 18 weeks and are paid to undertake two 3.5-hour online work shifts per week over 6 months. We can structure your employment shifts around your school and personal commitments. Regional students are required to attend 4 days of face to face delivery at the city campus. Students attending locally will be required to attend 3 days scheduled during the school holidays.

After successful completion of the traineeship, you will have a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology and are eligible for a 10% block credit towards your VCE ATAR outcome (further details are available on the VCAA website under SBAT).

You will gain practical skills and knowledge in:

  • communications skills
  • working in the games Industry
  • 2D concept sketching
  • creating pixel art
  • creating 2D animation
  • building 3D models
  • texturing and animating 3D models
  • creating your own 3D character
  • developing a 3D walk cycle

Developed in conjunction with industry, this course will provide you with a true opportunity to work part time in the Australian games development industry.

National Code ICT30115
Study Areas Games Development
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

PT: 6 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Off Campus, Workplace, Box Hill, City, Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $925.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $184.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,345.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $170.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

January and July

Part time: 6 months (you'll attend 1 day per week on campus at Box Hill Institute or online if you elect to attend regional delivery)

Off Campus, Workplace, Box Hill, City, Lilydale

You must:

  • be a Victorian secondary school student aged 15 years and older
  • be enrolled in and attending a secondary school or a VCAL program
  • employed with Lightmare Studios


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Successful completion of this course and year 12 studies will enable you to enrol in a Certificate IV, Diploma or degree in the area of games programming, digital media, marketing, media studies, and animation.

Direct entry via Lightmare

Once you submit your expression of interest on the Lightmare website we will invite you to a discovery day to learn more about the program (conducted in May and October).  You'll then need to attend an enrolment session in the month prior to the start of your course.  

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

After successful completion you may wish to apply for a range of opportunities such as:

  • An assistant animator in the Games Industry in a small, medium or large games development company
  • Assistant games designer
  • Assistant digital media author/designer
  • Assistant digital media developer/programmer
  • Assistant web media designer
  • Assistant interaction media developer
  • Support digital media developer
  • Support digital media development technician
  • Lightmare Working and communicating in the Games industry
  • OH&S and computer maintenance
  • PC Fundamentals
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Animation





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Last updated: February 22, 2019 01:06pm