Game Design and Development Competition

Game designers and developers normally work as part of a comprehensive team that coordinates the complex task of creating a new video game. Game designers have duties like designing characters, levels, puzzles, art and animation. Game developers are involved in aspects of a game’s creation from concept and story-writing, to coding and programming. Other potential areas of work for game developers include audio, design, production and visual arts. Competitors will choose either the role of designer or developer, and then work in a team of two to design and build a small game prototype. They will be required to propose, design and create a game that demonstrates both technical programming knowledge, design acumen and game design theory knowledge. One person will take the role of designer, creating visual assets, and the other will undertake the development including scripting or programming, using assets provided by the designer.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT IF YOU:

  • Have good computer skills
  • Have logical thinking ability
  • Have ideas you want to turn into games
  • Have graphic design and visual communication skills and knowledge
  • Have creative design aptitude
  • Have technical aptitude
  • Have artistic skills
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are able to work as part of a team

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Game Design and Development Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Game Design and Development Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Game Design and Development Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Game Design and Development


Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Game Design and Development Competitions are aligned to ICT National Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Game Design and Development is aligned to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the ICT40915 Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (Release 3) Qualification:

  • ICTICT406 – Build a graphical user interface
  • CUAPPM40 – Create storyboards
  • ICTGAM401 – Produce an interactive game
  • ICTGAM402 – Identify and apply principles of games design and game playing
  • ICTGAM403 – Create design documents for interactive games
  • ICTGAM406 – Create visual design components for interactive games
  • ICTGAM410 – Develop 3D component for interactive games

Regional Tasks

The project entails designing a game, creating a basic game design document, creating some simple game assets and screen mockups, and creating (using provided assets) a simple working game prototype.

It is recognised that only a limited game prototype and assets can be created within the timeframe.

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Game Design and Development is aligned to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the ICT40915 Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (Release 3) Qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • ICTGAM413 – Design and create 3D digital models
  • ICTGAM408 – Use 3D animation interface and toolsets
  • ICTGAM410 – Develop 3D component for interactive games

National Tasks

The project involves designing a 3D game, pitching the game to judges and receiving feedback, creating a game design document, creating 2D/3D assets, and incorporating assets into a working game.

Nationals Competition Duration

18-22 hours – 3 days

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