About the course

About the course

Get your career game on and design your future career in the exciting and highly rewarding field of video game design with our digital and interactive games course.

If you’ve recently completed Year 11 or 12, our digital and interactive games course gives you insight into both the programming and art disciplines of game design, and more broadly what's required to succeed in this exciting industry.

You'll learn how to:

  • create illustrations and designs for animations, characters and environments
  • create 3D models for environments
  • make your own 3D animations
  • take your own character concept from 2D illustration into a 3D modelled character that you will animate and place in your game
  • create textures for your environments and characters using the industry standard Substance Painter to create high quality PBR Textures
  • use both Unreal Engine 4 and Unity game engines to create and design game levels and even create your own game by the end of the certificate
  • develop your own characters using industry-standard software applications

Study three core areas over two semesters - art, programming and a collaborative project. Our digital and interactive games course is structured to give you the option of picking up the Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies as an optional second qualification in Semester 2.

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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February (for part time study options call the Institute)


Full time: 12 months

Part time: flexible (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in and your input) 

Evening: Not currently offered.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our digital and interactive games course you can apply for a range of employment opportunities including roles as a:

  • support 2-D/3-D artist
  • assistant animator
  • assistant designer
  • support games developer
  • assistant graphic/medial designer
  • interaction media developer
  • support digital media developer
  • assistant PC games programmer
  • quality assurance game tester
  • junior digital media author/designer/developer/programmer
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Entry Requirements

You should have either:

  • completed a Certificate III in Digital and Interactive Games
  • successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent, or
  • successfully completed Year 11 and attend an interview, or
  • be a mature-age applicant


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successfully completing our digital and interactive games course enables you to:

  • apply for the Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games at Box Hill, or
  • use your class work to develop a portfolio that can be used to support applications for entry into a degree program at a university

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$4,142$9,082$828
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$190$190$190
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$4,581$9,521$1,267
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$4,581$9,521$1,267

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Cyber Security Education Provider of the Year

Box Hill Institute Wins at the 2020 Australian Information Security Awards

Box Hill Institute has won the Cyber Security Educator of the Year Award at the Australian Information Security Awards (AISA) 2020 aka the Oscars of Cyber Security. This category is for the TAFE or university that has developed and implemented a comprehensive, flexible and easily accessible cyber security education program, which delivers industry ready graduates to the market.

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