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Higher Certificate in Game Design & Production


Course Overview

The Higher Certificate in Game Design and Production has been structured to develop knowledge and competence in game design and production for candidates aspiring to enter into careers in this industry. The curriculum has been contextualised as a foundational qualification, aiming to contribute to the growth, quality, competitiveness of game production on the African continent and insight into employment opportunities with the SA gaming industry.

Course Aims

This programme provides an appropriate balance between academic rigour and practical skills, exposing students to academic and practical skills with a strong focus on technology and creativity generally expected and required in this industry. Graduates will be able to gain employment in the industry and will also be able to access further studies at NQF 6 or may apply for entry into a degree programme in relevant fields.

Higher Certificate in Game Design & Production
DURATION: 1 Year, Programmes start in February & July; NQF Level 5

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg


You will Learn:

  • Game Design
  • Scripting
  • Production
  • Storyboarding Theory
  • Ability to systematically utilise production methods and processes
  • Effective oral and written communications skills
  • Basic research skills and abilities
  • Professional attitudes
  • Effective teamwork
  • Creative expression


Career Options:

  • Technical artist
  • Games developer
  • Story Writer (games)
  • Game World Editor
  • Digital media producer


Higher Certificate in Game Design & Production
Media Studies Introduction Academic Literacy Game Studies 1: Storytelling Digital Imaging
Scripting 1: Introduction UI Design Game Production 1 Asset Design
Creative Project
Game Studies 2: Game Theory Scripting 2 Game Production 2
Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.  

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Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.

Fees and Payments

Fees: View our current Fee Schedule for information on our course fees.