November 20 - 26, 2022: Issue 563


Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Video Game Designer

If you like playing video games or designing code you will be pleased to know that there is a growing demand for Video Game Designers and this is an Industry set to grow over the coming years that will also provide you with a living wage when you commence that will grow into a decent salary with more years working in this industry and more experience accumulated. There are jobs available locally and across Australia, including those at entry level. 

Being a Video game designer means working across a broad range of areas in creating games. The job title ‘video game designer’ can refer to a few different kinds of roles, depending on the studio. It can refer to a level designer, where you design individual levels. It can also refer to a video game developer, who writes the code, tests bugs, and does software development work on the game. A video game designer can also refer to the creative director for a game, where you work with a team to develop the art direction for an entire game, including the concept, story, gameplay, characters, and setting - although this is usually a position for when you have a few years under your belt - it is a senior leadership role that requires experience in both designing and development.

Pursuing this career can also lead you into parallel fields such as Software Development or Information Technology and the range of opportunities these fields encompasses - some eployers even offer traineeships to get you started.  

To work as a Game Designer in Australia, you need a qualification in digital and interactive games, computer games design, animation or digital media technologies. It is also possible to become a game designer through a traineeship, but whichever career path is taken work experience and a portfolio of work is desirable from an employer’s perspective.

Undertake a qualification in the area of game design. This is commonly a Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915), a Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215) or an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Game Design) (10702NAT).

Game Designers wanting to further their career may wish to undertake degree-level qualifications such as a Bachelor of Games Design or a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design to work towards becoming a Lead Game Designer. You may also wish to explore a Diploma of Information Technology (Back End Web Development) & (Front End Web Development) or Diploma of Information Technology (Game Programming) or a Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Programming) or a Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation.

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