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Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time | 2 years accelerated full time | 6 years part time

  • Start date:

    3 intake dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Media Design School (RTO 41343) at Torrens University Australia

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Game Programmer | Gameplay Programmer | Software Engineer | Generalist C++ Programmer | View all

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What you'll learn

Media Design School students showcase their work at the IGN Select Awards

About this course

Whether you dream of working for AAA game studios like Blizzard and Bethesda, or want to program innovative indie games like Braid or Super Meat Boy, your career as a games programmer starts here!

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) course gives you everything you need to get your hands dirty and build your programming skills from the ground up.

You'll get to:

  • Learn C++ and other coding languages that are compatible with industry platforms and game engines like Unity and Unreal
  • Be able to develop PlayStation� games through the PlayStation� First Academic Development Program
  • Collaborate with other talented programmers and game artists to create commercially viable games from conception through to working live demos

By studying with the Media Design School at Torrens University Australia, you'll also be studying at one of the top 3 design schools in the world, while having access to a global network of Laureate International Universities.

Workload and assessment

In order to succeed in your studies, each subject in this course requires 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

Assessments for this course may take a variety of forms, including:

  • Practical assignments
  • Research projects
  • Presentations


There are two ways to gain entry into this course:

General entry:

  • Completed Year 12, or equivalent with a minimum ATAR of 60; AND
  • Have completed SACE Mathematical Methods or Mathematical Studies, or scored above average in the Torrens University Maths test

Special entry:

  • Have broadly relevant work experience; OR
  • Have completed or partially completed formal or informal study; OR
  • Hand in a written submission to demonstrate you have a reasonable prospect of success
  • Submit a programming portfolio of 5 pieces of original work

All students are also required to demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this software engineering and game-programming course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to software engineering
  • Maths 1
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Maths 2
  • 2D game programming
  • Game design principles
  • Introduction to computer graphics
  • Networking and database systems
  • Computer architecture and operating systems
  • Rapid game prototype
  • Artificial intelligence and physics for games
  • Game development PlayStation�
  • 3D graphics programming
  • Work integrated learning
  • Social enterprise
  • Production capstone
  • Pre-production capstone
Torrens University Australia Torrens University Australia brings together some of the country’s most regarded tertiary institutes across industries like business, design, public health, hospitality, and sports management.

Studying with Torrens means learning from the industry’s best and brightest minds through cutting-edge syllabuses and small classroom environments. By becoming a Torrens student, you will not only have access to Torrens’ state-of-the-art campuses across the nation, you’ll also get to leverage Torrens status as a Laureate International University, and be able to access a global network of over 70 universities across 25 countries.

Torrens schools include; APM College of Business and Communication, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Chifley Business School, Media Design School, Real Madrid Graduate School, Southern School of Natural Therapies and William Blue College of Hospitality.
Torrens Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can study at your own pace. By providing you with on-demand access to course materials and content, you can study when you want, where you want.

Torrens also runs Touch-Point weekend sessions that allow you to hear from industry professionals, chat to lecturers and expand your network.

Torrens students will also have access to Torrens Success Coaches, who will help you align your strengths and learning with your goals. From the moment you are admitted to your course, a Success Coach will be available to help you successfully navigate the educational landscape and build your personal and professional skills.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Sydney (Ultimo)
  • Queensland: Brisbane (Fortitude Valley)

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) from Media Design School at Torrens University Australia.

You'll graduate with an amazing show-reel, industry contacts and the hands-on coding skills needed to jump right into working at a games studio.

  • Game Programmer
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Generalist C++ Programmer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Torrens also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants, including the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and the Regional/Remote Access and Indigenous Access Scholarship.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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