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Game Art Studies

Training digital artists for the game development industry

Game Art Studies is a composite course. This means you need to take three qualifications to build the right skill set. These are:

  • CUV20111 Certificate II in Visual Arts
  • ICA50211 Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games
  • CUF60107 Advanced Diploma in Screen (specialising in Game Art)

As a game art student you will learn the skills required of artists in game development.

Game artists are chiefly modellers and texturers but also have a broad knowledge of the game development process.

This course puts particular emphasis on modelling, texturing, concept development and drawing.

Students develop skills and knowledge in these key areas as well as project management, team work, simulations industry and a variety of delivery platforms.
Student work - temple sceneGame art wireframe character

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialising in Game Art) / Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) - Uni PathwayDP00042

Short Courses

Introduction to 3D Modelling (MAYA)
Tea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time

Intermediate 3D Modelling: Texturing Focus (MAYA)Tea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time

Game Engines: UDK for 3D ModellersTea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time

Drawing and Painting in PhotoshopTea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time

Web Development: Wordpress CMSTea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time

Drawing and Painting in PhotoshopTea Tree Gully8 weeks Part Time


The following facilities are provided to assist students with their studies:

  • Classroom instruction from industry skilled teachers
  • 3 studios containing enough computers for each student
  • Autodesk MAYA
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • WACOM tablets
  • All other required software.

Career Opportunities

Graduates holding the qualifications from this program have found employment in the game industry, simulations industry, film and advertising as 3D modellers and texture artists.

Some graduates have also started their own companies in game development where working in mobile; iOS and Android is becoming increasingly popular. For best results take advantage of our articulation arrangements with Flinders University below.

Applicants to this course should be mindful that employment should be sought nationally and that employers are interested in graduates with excellent portfolios and employability skills.

"Behind the News" Feature

Game Art Student Showreel


Student Testimonials

"Studying game art at TAFE SA taught me the skills that I needed to obtain a job as a 3d artist now working in the simulation industry".

- Brendan McKeown,
Artist Sydac Pty Ltd and Game Art graduate

"The TAFE SA Game Art course provides a great environment to build the skills needed to make a start in the games industry. The projects are set out in such a way that students are exposed to a range of skills sets giving them the foundations to build upon to become a successful artist"

- Johnathon Carr
Artist, Halfbrick Studios and Game Art graduate

"Holopoint Interactive is a premium developer of serious games and virtual worlds. When outsourcing for art content generation, we look to TAFE SA's Computer Game Art graduates as we know from experience that they are suitably trained and qualified to perform the tasks at hand."

- Ben Kilsby,
CEO Holopoint Interactive and Game Art graduate

"Studying Game Art at TAFE SA was invaluable as it gave me the skills and contacts to really make it in a competitive industry."

- Phil Whetstone
Artist Vishus Productions

Student Projects

At the beginning of second year the students develop a mod using UDK to present at AVCON in July. Here's an example:


Industry Partners

Completion of the Advanced Diploma provides you with 18 months credit towards the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) at Flinders University and the Bachelor of Media at Adelaide University.

Game Art provides courses for years 10, 11 and 12 each semester; contact Courtney for details.

Academic Partner of Unreal Academia

Want to know more?

Contact Courtney Peters at:

Tea Tree Gully Campus
100 Smart Road
Modbury SA 5092

Ph: 8207 8190
Email: courtney.peters@tafesa.edu.au or mark.wilson@tafesa.edu.au

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