AIE Institute Launched by Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services

Ribbon cutting event at AIE Institute launch
Cutting the ribbon at the AIE Institute launch is (L to R): Dr Gail Dennett, Vicki De Margheriti, Hon Luke Howarth MP, John De Margheriti, Steve Wang.

Calling all gamers: Higher education institute for game development launches with campuses in Sydney and Canberra

 

  • AIE Institute is a brand new higher education provider for gaming, with campuses in Sydney and Canberra
  • Majors available in gaming art, design, and programming
  • Applications for 2023 are now open though UAC

 

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment Ltd (AIE) has launched AIE Institute, an industry-leading higher education provider for Australia’s future game designers, developers, and programmers. 

AIE Institute is offering a Bachelor of Game Development with three majors in gaming art, design, and programming. The first intake of students will be welcomed in February 2023, with campuses IRL (in real life) in Sydney and Canberra. 

The institute’s Bachelor of Game Development is the first in Australia to integrate three core game development sub-disciplines of game art, game design, and game programming within a multi-disciplinary environment. 

AIE Institute’s bachelor courses have a strong technical, practical and career focus, delivered by highly qualified and industry-experienced academic staff in a fun and creatively demanding studio environment. A third of the program is spent working in teams on projects and assessments with practical outcomes.

Developed in conjunction with Australia’s leading game studios, AIE Institute degree programs and continuously reviewed in close consultation with industry and delivered by industry-experienced faculty. Small class sizes with a maximum of 25 students for each lecturer allows for a more personalised, learner-centric approach.

The institute has strong links with the industry and offers internship placements in the final year to ease the graduate transition towards employment. Students have the opportunity to frequently meet industry practitioners in a number of seminars, projects, and tutorials. Additionally, the degree runs over three years giving students more time to learn, create, network and develop as professionals. 

AIE Institute courses are nationally accredited and recognised through the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework. They are recognised under and adhere to the same Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 as those leading to a similar award at an Australian university.

AIE Institute builds upon the history of its parent company, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Australia’s most awarded 3D animation, game development, film and visual effects educator. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications in Australia.

Founded in 1996 as a vocational training program by Micro Forté Studios and Canberra Institute of Technology, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment was the first non-profit vocational school in the world to offer specialist courses in digital games and animation. 

Today, academy graduates can be found working around the world at major games studios such as Wargaming, Epic Games, Mighty Kingdom and Rockstar working on such games as GTA V, Destiny and Gears of War 5. 

Hon Luke Howarth MP, Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, said: "The Government is strongly supporting the Australian digital games sector which is an important part of our creative industries and digital economy.

"The government's commitment to a 30 per cent tax offset for digital games will boost investment into digital games in Australia and provide the opportunity for more employment.

"It's fantastic to see innovative educators like AIE Institute offer young people the opportunity to earn a degree in the exciting world of game development.”

Vicki De Margheriti, CEO and Founding Director of AIE Institute added: “AIE Institute has leveraged the best aspects of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment’s focus on practical skills along with industry relevance and applied this to the academic rigour of higher education.

“AIE Institute's nationally-accredited game degree program empowers students to follow their dreams and pursue a successful career within an ever-growing industry.”

John De Margheriti, founding director of AIE Institute, was enthusiastic about AIE Institute’s three-year bachelor's degree, saying: "We've created a deeper, practical and career-focused program, which is delivered by highly qualified and industry-experienced academic staff in a fun and creative studio environment.

"A third of the degree is spent working in teams on game projects and students have the opportunity to work within a game development studio for a semester."

Applications are open now for 2023!

 

About AIE Institute: 

AIE Institute is a higher education provider that offers a Bachelor of Game Development, including three separate majors in game art, game design or game programming. By providing students with real avenues to employment and further studies, the AIE Institute conducts innovative and interactive programs that combine current knowledge and role-based learning within a project-based professional environment.   

AIE Institute’s bachelor courses have a strong technical, practical and career focus, delivered by highly qualified and industry-experienced academic staff in a fun and creatively demanding studio environment. A third of the program is spent working in teams on projects and assessments with practical outcomes.

 

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