Diploma in Game Art and Development




  • Christchurch

    Jul 20, 2020 - Jul 09, 2021

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Game design is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet, and Yoobee’s Diploma in Game Art and Development opens doors to the world’s most visionary gaming studios.

Bring your virtual world to life with this two-year programme – learn how to create video games from scratch, collaborate in teams in a studio-style setting, develop your graphical style and express your fresh ideas and spectacular stories through games.

You’ll learn the ropes from world-class game designers, work with leading games industry mentors and create original and innovative games that showcase your own insane game art capabilities.

Take part in a workplace-simulated production project where you'll work as part of a team on a game development pipeline, creating game assets from specification through to compliance.

By the time you graduate you’ll have an interactive portfolio that showcases your brilliance, and a skill set that secures your future as a next generation game designer.

What you'll learn

Game Design Fundamentals

This is where we set the scene. Think audience, cultural context and testing and rectification methods.

Character and Environment Art Assets

Get the creative juices flowing as you design 2D and 3D textured characters and learn about environment art assets and the rationale behind game design decisions.

User Interface Art Assets

Build your knowledge of deployment platforms and their impact on creating UI art assets, plus UIs for a range of devices.


This is where things really start to sizzle! Nail a design brief using specialist industry software to animate your very own 2D and 3D characters.

What you should know


Adobe Creative Suite, Unity, Wasteland 2, Dead Trigger 2, Dragons of Elanthia, Poly Bridge, Mini Metro, Deus Ex: The Fall, Cities: Skylines, Unreal Engine (used in BioShock Infinite), Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Infinity Blade, Mass Effect 3, Unreal Tournament Series, and many more


High-spec PCs, Wacom tablets


Domestic students

$8,052.96 (Year 1) + $340 Student Services Levy + $350 Course Related Costs*

$8,518.99 (Year 2) + $340 Student Services Levy + $350 Course Related Costs*

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by studylink's courses related cost loan.

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

$20,500 (Year 1) + $2,000 course fee

$20,500 (Year 2) + $2,000 course fee

Entry Requirements

To gain direct entry into the Diploma in Game Art and Development, you must be able to demonstrate an interest in game art and/or animation and have successfully completed one of the following Yoobee Colleges qualifications, or equivalent:

You must also demonstrate proficiency in Maya, or complete one of our short courses in Maya, and provide samples of work showing the skills necessary to successfully undertake the programme of study.

International students must be at least 18 years old.

Want to know more?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.

Student Success


Game art student Danny Haddow became an overnight sensation in the international gaming world before he’d even finished his Yoobee studies. His first-ever game prototype, Terminull, which he designed from scratch as part of his course, was picked up by C’t magazine, the most popular computer magazine in Europe, and was one of just 28 games to be built into itch.io’s app that year. Danny released an alpha version of the game that debuted at Armageddon, with throngs of gamers queuing up to play. Not long after, it was given the thumbs up by the submissions committee for inclusion in the 2016 International Games Festival, the longest-running and highest-profile independent video game showcase in the world. Not bad for a guy who arrived at Yoobee with virtually no 3D experience or coding knowledge!

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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is a Category 1 Provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change, pending enrolment numbers, availability and any unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and student are offered the best learning experience.

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.

Following the Government announcement, New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19. This means all our campuses will be shut to students from Tuesday 24 March 2020 for four weeks. We have invested in digital tools in order to stream the delivery of all of our programs and we foresee minimal disruption to our current and future students. Delivery of streamed online classes begins on the 6th April. Please go to our parent company, UP Education for further information