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Bachelor of Software Engineering - Game Programming

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 06-July-2020
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Become a highly sought-after programmer who can breathe life into unimagined worlds. Collaborate with artists to create your universe that behaves in their own laws of physics and have artificially intelligent creatures.

Breathe life into unimagined worlds.

As a highly sought-after games programmer, you'll collaborate with artists to create scenes defying the laws of physics. Learn game coding in a variety of languages, including C++, which will help you succeed and actually make games. Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony's Academic Development Programme, giving you the opportunity to develop for the PlayStation platform.

Careers & Industry

A degree in Software Engineering could take you down the following career paths:

Game Programmer
Software Engineer
Graphics Programmer
Engine Programmer
Artificial Intelligence Programmer
Technical Lead
Gameplay Programmer
Tools/UI Programmer
Network Programmer
Physics Programmer
Sound Programmer

To be a game developer you'll need both the experience and practical skills to be able to work across multiple game platforms and the ability to collaborate in a group that simulates the industry environment.

In this course, you'll be learning C++ along with other coding languages that will help you succeed in the games industry. In your third year, you'll experience an end-of-year project which will be the closest experience you'll get to an industry environment at any tertiary provider in New Zealand. You'll be collaborating in a group with fellow programmers and artists to create a commercially viable game, which you can include in your portfolio and show-reel by the time you go on to work as a professional.

You'll also have the opportunity to work with the PlayStation game platform. Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms, giving you the edge once you graduate.

Our graduates go to work in game studios here and around the globe, such as Game Loft, Grinding Gear Games, Pik Pok and Krome Studios.

Entry criteria

You'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as an appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme. CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination) IB (International Baccalaureate)

Plus, you will need to have fulfilled the following credit requirements:
28 NCEA Credits, Level 3, in a range of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Technology.

You'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (minimum) with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.


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