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Macquarie University (MQU)

Sydney , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Game Design and Development

Angry Birds. Candy Crush. Minecraft. Call of Duty. Grand Theft Auto. Thanks to each of these, the gaming industry today is worth billions of dollars. And thanks to the proliferation of handheld devices, gaming is more accessible than ever before – with people of all ages, genders and backgrounds able to get their game on.

With a thorough grounding provided in software design and development, as well as specialist units that critically appraise video games as designs and cultural media products, this degree will equip you with the skills you’ll need for a successful career designing and creating the next wave of popular video games and virtual worlds.


  • You’ll study all aspects of video games – design, development and appreciation – while gaining broad programming and software engineering skills and knowledge.
  • The mix of theoretical and technical components will prepare you to use current technologies and adapt to, and create, new technologies in the workforce.
  • You’ll solve a real-world problem in your final year, which will bring all your learnings together and further prepare you for a successful start to your career.
  • This is the only university degree available in video games in New South Wales that combines technical skills with a critical understanding of video games.
  • Your learning will be enhanced by our location in one of Australia’s leading high-tech precincts, which is brimming with collaborative, internship and employment opportunities.
  • Macquarie is ranked number one in Sydney for overall graduate employment in information technology (QILT, 2017).

Campus Information

North Ryde

Sydney New South Wales 2109 Australia


  • Feb Deadline: Dec
  • July Deadline: May

Application Processing Time in Days: 7

Application Process

More Information Required
4 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
0 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
7 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career Opportunities
A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion.


  • Creative game director
  • Game animator
  • Game artist
  • Game audio engineer
  • Game designer
  • Game programmer
  • Game tester
  • Mobile app designer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Video game system designer
  • Virtual reality/mixed reality designer or developer
  • Web designer


  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancies
  • Gaming companies
  • Government agencies
  • Media and entertainment companies
  • Organisations such as Geoscience Australia
  • Retail and e-businesses
  • Start-ups
  • Technology and software companies

PSW Opportunity

After completion of Bachelor's degree student is eligible for 2 years PSW.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

For international students, Macquarie uses a selection rank to determine the minimum eligibility requirement for each undergraduate course. This rank has been converted into equivalent scores for various recognised international high school qualifications and university entrance examinations, including global qualifications like the International Baccalaureate (IB) and GCE A-Levels.


HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or HSC Mathematics Extension 2 plus HSC Information Process and Technology and/or HSC Software Design and Development or equivalent.

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