A video game developer is a software designer who produces computer or video games, usually focused on a particular game platform (for example PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo). They usually work as part of a games development team which may involve artists, programmers, producers and marketing staff.

Where video game developers are employed

Games developers often work as part of a team, but can work individually or on a freelance basis. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.

"I like that my job provides a different challenge every day. Sometimes it's a creative challenge, sometimes technical or sometimes both!" - Jamie Pillarinos, Production Manager.

Job prospects

Games development is a relatively new and dynamic growth industry that has developed out of a blending of creative and technical production. Competition for jobs is intense and interstate and/or overseas experience is often needed to improve employment opportunities.

How to become one

You can work as a games developer without formal qualifications. Skills are usually developed through practice and experience.

You could do a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in graphic design, information technology, media arts, visual arts or a related area.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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You could do a degree in animation, graphic design, new media design, fine arts, visual arts or visual communication. At school consider doing English, visual arts and design.  

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities, visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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