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Game Designer

Create and produce computer or video games including concepts, scenarios, characters and game play.

What's it like to be a Game Designer?

Games Designers invent, develop, create and produce computer or video games. Game Designers may work alongside Animators, Game Developers and Producers.

Game Designer

Tasks and duties

  • Work in games development teams to make creative decisions about games’ concepts, interfaces, maps, scenarios, characters, storylines and game play.
  • Undertake computer-generated design and apply design, narrative imaging, modelling and animation to game environments.
  • Developing user interface concepts, including menus and controls, and work to improve existing game
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Many Game Designers specialise in a particular game platform (such as PlayStation or Xbox) and a specific aspect of game development, such as game play or scripting.

Game Designers have strong skills in computing as well as possessing creative flair and excellent communication skills.

What can I earn as a Game Designer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Game Designer is between $85k and $95k
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How to become a Game Designer


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To work as a Game Designer in Australia, you usually 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.

  1. Undertake a qualification in the area of game design. This is commonly a Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915) or a Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215).
  2. Gain work experience in the field and build a portfolio of work.
  3. Game Designers wanting to further their career may wish to undertake bachelor-level qualifications such as a Bachelor of Games Design or a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design to increase their chances of becoming a Lead Game Designer.

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Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games

This qualification prepares you to work as part of a game development team by building your skills in game design, development and programming.
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Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games

This diploma provides you with the design and programming skills to work on digital games briefs.

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How do Game Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 1 Game Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
5.0
Job satisfaction
3.0
Career progression opportunities
2.0
Job security
1.0
Pay / Salary
1.0
Variety of work
5.0

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Oct 2018
Game design is a great job somewhere else
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
The good things
The gaming industry is a fun and amazing place to work, lots of different people and the projects can be amazing to work on.
The challenges
In Perth the roles are volunteery at the most, their is not work here for game designers unless you have self funding.
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What are the job opportunities for Game Designers?

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