Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Game Art

  • Length 3 years full time
  • Indicative Fees 2015: ~ $10,258 (incl. GST) NZD per year
    2015: $24,630 (incl. GST) NZD per year (International)
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  • Qualification Degree
    NZQF Level 7 (420 credits)
    1.2 EFTS per year

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)  is New Zealand’s only degree specialising in game art. Over three years, you develop artistic style through a combination of traditional art, 3D animation and visual effects using industry-standard software. In the final year, game artists and programmers collaborate on a major game project that prepares you for the demands of global game studios.

Infinite Career Possibilities

  • Graduates have gone on to work at Grinding Gear Games, Sidhe, Pik Pok and Krome Studios
  • This degree was launched in direct response to industry demand for game artists
  • Experienced faculty from Microsoft Games Studio, Crytek and 2K Games
  • Opportunities to work across a range of game platforms and apply skills to multiple industries
  • Game career paths include game artist, modeler, texture artist, technical director and art director

Course Breakdown

Year 1

The first year delivers a solid grounding including 3D modelling and creating 2D & 3D visual assets. Creative problem solving is underpinned by the basic theories, philosophies and history of technology.

Year 2

By the second year, you will be able to design solutions to production problems and new topics are introduced, including the use of middleware and the principles of architecture and game environments.

Year 3

In the final year both degree programmes collaborate on a major game production. The studio environment tests individual skills, knowledge and theory while giving students experience working within a team.

Graduates going places

Graduates have gone on to work at Gameloft, Ninja Kiwi, Custard Square, Virtual Spectator, Grinding Gear Games, Sidhe, Pik Pok, Cerebral Fix and Krome Studios.

Read their stories

Intake Calendar

Intake Date Course Duration Application Deadline & Notes
23rd February 2015 3 years full time Apply Now
20th July 2015 3 years full time Apply Now

Entry Requirements

General Admission

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as:

• An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme.
• CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination)
• IB (International Baccalaureate)

English Language (international applicants): Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent


  • 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)

If you are enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification you can still apply now for admission. When your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you. For more detailed information about the ‘approved subject list’ and specific literacy credits we suggest you check the NZQA website

Special Admission (age over 20)

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are age 20 or more, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission, which must be supported by a professional portfolio or documented industry experience.

Discretionary Admission (under age 20)

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should have reached a significant level of achievement in year 12, or have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme or tertiary qualification.

Portfolio Requirements

Application Process

Complete an online application and our staff will be in touch within a few days to assist you through the process. We will require some documentation and a portfolio to support your application and you may be required to complete an interview. More information can be found on the enrolment page.

Get in touch with the team

Our admissions department are here to help with any questions you have. Please let us know if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

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