Creative Media Education

Degree Courses

Bachelor of Games Development

Start Date

  • Sep 20


  • Higher Education (Australian Government accredited)


  • 24 months full-time (accelerated learning)


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At SAE we know that practical, hands-on training is the proven and best way for you to develop the skills and experience you need to start your successful career in the creative media industries.

SAE offers you an intensive and targeted games course designed and developed with the help of local and international industry. Get the skills you need to get your dream job in games play programming, games engine programming and games design in just 2 years.

Degree Entry Requirements

Note: If you are applying from outside the UAE please contact the SAE Institute in your country to confirm your equivalent educational standing or contact SAE directly.

  • minimum age 17;
  • completion of year 12 high school certificate (HSC) or its equivalent ; or
  • mature age students over 21 years; or
  • on receipt of suitable evidence, SAE shall seek to admit all prospective students (via special entry) who are considered to have a reasonable chance of success in the programme.

English Language Requirements

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher for a Higher Education (HE) course and 5.5 or higher for a VET course (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test) for a Higher Education (HE) course and a minimum score of 527 (paper based test) or 46 (internet based test) for a VET course, OR
  • International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): An overall rating of 3, OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 50 (or higher) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and an Academic score of 42 (or higher) for a vocational education program, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.


Bachelor of Games Development (Games Programming)

Australian Accreditation

This program is quality assured by SAE Australia and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia. SAE Dubai graduates will receive an Australian qualification on completion of their studies. Details on the accreditation of this degree can be found on the TEQSA website

Course Content

Year 1 Bachelor of Games Development (Games Programming)

T1 Critical Thinking in Creative Media Introduction to Scripting Principles of Game Design Rational Problem Solving
T2 Overview of Industry Scripting for Games Developers Programming 1 Production 1
T3 Media Studies Games Studio 1 (Game Programming)
Applied Mathematics | Game Engine Architecture | Production 2

Year 2 Bachelor of Games Development (Games Programming)

T4 Cultural Perspectives Games Studio 2 (Game Programming)
Artificial Intelligence Systems | Games Technology 1
| Production 3
T5 Games Major Project Development Games Studio 3 (Game Programming)
Tools Development | Games Technology 2
| Interdisciplinary Project
T6 Internship Elective Games Major Project Production

Creative Industry Unit Multi Discipline Unit Discipline Unit Discipline Specialisation Unit Elective Unit


Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units. Studios are professionally oriented production units modelled on real-world work environments.

Exit point options:

Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Design after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Payment Plans

Plan A (Full)- 24 Month Degree Program

  • Registration Fee AED 2,000 due at registration
  • Equipment Deposit Fee AED 2,000 (refundable at end of studies)
  • Resource Fee AED 9800* due at registration
  • Course Fee AED 120,000 (to be paid in 2 yearly equal installments- AED 60,000 X 2)
  • Total Fee AED 133,800**

Plan B (By Installments)- 24 Month Degree Program

  • Registration Fee AED 2,000 due at registration
  • Equipment Deposit Fee AED 2,000 (refundable at end of studies)
  • Resource Fee AED 9800* due at registration
  • Course Fee AED 22,000 x 6 (must provide 3 PDCs per year AED 22,000 each)
  • Total Fee AED 145,800**

Plan C*** (Monthly Installments)- 24 Month Degree Program

  • Registration Fee AED 2,000 due at registration
  • Equipment Deposit Fee AED 2,000 (refundable at end of studies)
  • Resource Fee AED 9800* due at registration
  • Course Fee AED 5,800 x 24 (must provide 12 PDCs per year AED 5,800 each)
  • Total Fee AED 153,000**

Asterisks Key

* In a unique arrangement between SAE Institute and Apple Computers, all Degree students are issued with an Apple Mac Book Pro machine, complete with software to meet the needs of their respective fields of study plus SAE course material. This compulsory fee must be paid at the time of registration.Resource fee is subject to change without notice and prices are valid at the time of enrollment and re-enrollment.

**Fees are indicative in that unit fees are charged according to the year the unit of study is commenced and are subject to annual adjustment. The total course fee quoted is based on the 2014 unit fees.

***Offered only to students who can provide 12 (24) PDCs (from UAE based banks) at the time of enrollment.

Career Options

  • Games programmer
  • Games designer
  • Graphics programmer
  • Game director
  • Level developer
  • Mobile game developer
  • On-line game developer
  • Physics programmer
  • Game physics engineer
  • Game lighting artist
  • Engine programmer
  • Game effects programmer
  • Network programmer
  • Character designer
  • Control developer
  • Character profiler
  • Game tester

If you wish to learn more about this degree, please get in touch with Roann Arcangel , through roann.a@saeDubai.com

You can also visit our campus on our next open day. To register for the open day, please click HERE.

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