Bachelor of Serious Games

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Bachelor of Serious Games


Program summary

Create games that will change the world.

Serious games are more than ‘just a game’. With new opportunities emerging in education, healthcare, marketing and more, this diverse field is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sectors of the games industry. This unique program lets you build and apply skills in game design and development to address a range of social problems – using the universal appeal of play.

  • Collaborate with fellow game writers, artists, programmers and designers to produce and publish serious games that meaningfully connect with players and address global needs
  • Analyse the meanings and cultural implications of gameplay and story, and use this knowledge to create emotionally rich and challenging games
  • Get hands-on experience in developing for PC, smartphones and tablets, augmented reality and virtual reality
Career opportunities

Game designer, artist, programmer, writer, reviewer, interactive educator/trainer, simulation/visual design.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (7)

COR109 Communication and Thought
CMN105 The Illuminated Screen: Introduction to Film and Television Studies
SGD100 Playcentric Game Design
SGD101 Game Art: Introduction to 2D & 3D
SGD102 Introduction to Games Scripting
SGD103 Serious Digital Game Design
SGD120 Interactive Narrative: Fundamentals 

Advanced course (6)

ICT352 ICT Project Management
SGD200 Game-Based Learning
SGD202 Video Game Analysis
SGD304 Serious Game Project A
SGD305 Serious Game Project B

PLUS select 1 course from:
ENT311 New Venture Establishment
ICT341 ICT Internship
ICT342 ICT Industry Project

Minor courses (7)

Select 1 minor from:

Interactive Narrative
Game Art
Game Programming

PLUS complete any additional minor from either faculty. The following is a list of suggested minors, which may be appropriate:

Comparative Studies
Development Studies
Environmental Health
Health Promotion
Indigenous Studies
Planning Studies
Politics and International Relations

Elective courses (4) *

Select 4 elective courses towards the required 288 units. These courses may be selected from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.

* The number of elective courses may vary depending on the minor combinations chosen.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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