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Bachelor On Campus Online Blended

Game Programming

Media Design School

36 months
21860 USD/year
8320 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Study a Bachelor of Game Programming at Media Design School and become a highly sought-after programmer who can breathe life into unimagined worlds. You’ll collaborate with artists to create beautiful worlds that behave in their own laws of physics and have artificially intelligent creatures. 

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In the three years of your course you’ll learn to develop across a range of platforms including PC, Sony PlayStation, and iOS using Unity or Unreal game engines.  This degree teaches you to code in a variety of highly sought-after languages, including C++, which will help you succeed in the games industry.  

Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's PlayStation First Academic Development Programme, giving our students the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation platform.

To be a game developer you'll need both the experience and practical skills to be able to work across multiple game platforms and the ability to collaborate in a group that simulates the industry environment.

In this Game Programming course at Media Design School, you'll be learning C++ along with other coding languages that will help you succeed in the games industry. In your third year, you'll experience an end-of-year project which will be the closest experience you'll get to an industry environment at any tertiary provider in New Zealand. You'll be collaborating in a group with fellow programmers and artists to create a commercially viable game, which you can include in your portfolio and show-reel by the time you go on to work as a professional.

You'll also have the opportunity to work with the PlayStation game platform. Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms, giving you the edge once you graduate.


Our graduates go to work in game studios here and around the globe, such as Game Loft, Grinding Gear Games, Pik Pok and Krome Studios.

A degree in Software Engineering could take you down the following career paths:

  • Game Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • Engine Programmer
  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
  • Technical Lead
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Tools/UI Programmer
  • Network Programmer
  • Physics Programmer
  • Sound Programmer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • 2D Game Programming 
  • 3D Graphics Programming
  • Fundamental Mathematical and Engineering Principles
  • Mathematics for Graphical Games

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


420 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To apply for this degree, you'll need a minimum qualification of 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)
Plus, you will need to have fulfilled the following credit requirements:
  • 28 NCEA Credits, Level 3, in a range of the following subjects:  Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Technology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21860 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8320 USD per year during 36 months.
  • Domestic - $11,545.00 ​ NZD
  • International - $30,333.00 NZD

Living costs for Auckland

1400 - 2200 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you currently live overseas and are thinking of studying with Media Design School, then this scholarship will help contribute to the costs associated with studying abroad.

The International Student Scholarship offers recipients up to NZ$5,000 applied to your first year of tuition fees at Media Design School.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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