Get Paid to Learn
With a Traineeship

Lightmare Studios have paid employee traineeships available as part of our eligible Game Dev Hero (GDH) Courses. See this video for an overview of this exciting aspect of many of our courses.

Are You Interested in Game Development or Digital Art?

Lightmare Studios and our respected education partners are honored to offer you our award-winning Game Dev Hero (GDH) Courses , a revolutionary Game Development Study Experience in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia. 



These courses allow you to:

  • For eligible High School Students, get paid to learn a Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology specialising in digital design for games (ICT30115).

  • For Certificate III Graduates, skip the regularly required Certificate IV and get direct entry into a Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215).

  • Train in Lightmare Work Shifts and exclusive Masterclasses with industry veterans, with our top supervisors having over a decade of commercial game development experience.

  • Collaborate with our development team and contribute to the design & production of Lightmare's upcoming commercial titles.

  • For International Students enjoy the benefits of a Gap Year whilst studying a course that is the perfect Bridge between you and local University's highly competitive class intakes.

Applications for the next GDH Course in Brisbane, Australia close in:

There are five aspects to becoming a GDH. These are:

Register - Regional - Rally - Rock - Recognition

By Registering your interest, then attending a Regional Discovery Day, Rallying your family, school and mates, Rocking your classes and lastly gaining Recognition in commercial games, you will be powerfully set up to access further study, get hired for an entry-level position in an existing game studio, or even set out to start your own.

We'll cover how the GDH Course is purposefully designed to do this in detail below, but first, what makes Lightmare your best choice for a significant start into the Game Development Industry?

partnerships & association 

The GDH Courses are designed to bridge the age old gap between industry and education, through our Traineeships and Industry Masterclasses. Highlights of our partner organisations include:


Experience & Talent

Over eight years, Lightmare has trained 2000+ students, with many gaining skills well beyond their accreditation and some contributing to our commercial games.


results & awards

Infinity Wars, our flagship title, is a cult hit with millions in sales and nearly a million players in over 50 countries. It has been awarded "Best In Play" at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.

Our courses have won regionally and gained Silver at the International Learning Impact Awards.

“Thank you guys at Lightmare Studios. You have helped me so much over the last few months and thank you even more for giving us the tips and tricks to thriving in the creative industry. You guys have taught me what a normal school can’t and more, and for that I am grateful. Thank you everyone at Lightmare Studios!”

— Alex Dobbie

Express Interest Today to Avoid Missing Out Due to Full Classes


The very first step to becoming a GDH is to register your interest.

The choice to become a GDH and all that goes along with it is a major one. We're here to give you everything you (and your parents, if you are under 18) need in respect to fully considering and making this choice.

By simply entering your details below, we will invite you to our next Discovery Day, where you can experience the course for yourself.

We will also give you an Infinity Wars Collector's Edition Art Book. This 119 page Art Book of our flagship game Infinity Wars, gives you a taste of what Lightmare has to offer.   

Note: We do not spam, as we hate getting it ourselves.



Victorian 2020 Traineeship Expressions of Interest officially open on the 1st of September 2019, kindly visit to put your name down early.

Victorian 2019 Diploma Expressions of Interest officially open on the 1st of September 2019, kindly email to express your interest early.

For International 2020 Diploma Expressions of Interest, kindly email to coordinate a one on one preliminary phonecall.

Applications are considered on a 'first come, first serve' basis. Registering for a Discovery Day is the best way to learn if the course is a fit for you.

“Lightmare is a fantastic use of my time, that teaches viable skills in the modern world.”
— Joshua Cerni

Confirm Your Eligibility With A Lightmare Representative


The next step after registering your expression of interest, is to attend a Discovery Day.

In Queensland for the 2020 intake, these are held regularly at our Toowong Studio.

For Victoria, these are held on the first Saturday of every month, online.

On the day we:

  • Go into full detail about eligibility requirements for the GDH.

  • Learn basic 3D modelling in Blender

  • Playtest our games previous students have worked on

  • Have a one-on-one chat to ask any questions

  • If the course is a fit, assist with application forms and if going for a Traineeship, interview for the job

Details of location and times and what to bring, are emailed upon expressing interest for your relevant course.



Lightmare Studios gave me the opportunity to bring my art to life. My artistic abilities could barely stretch beyond paper and canvas, but through their teaching, I learnt how to model and more about the digital art industry. With the rapid growth in technology in our daily lives, I believe this step is perfect for those who wish to express their creativity practically.
— Grace De Felice

You're The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With


A timeless quote by Jim Rohn; Warren Buffett put it another way: "Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction."

We are a product of our environments and this is especially true of the people we choose for our team. Those on your Lightmare Squad will be alongside you for either six months or a year, supporting you in developing your greatness and you doing the same for them.

If you're under 18, your default squad members include your parents and your careers teacher. For you to become a GDH, these crucial members need to be rallied towards seeing the value our courses will bring to your career, wallet and ultimately contribute to your fulfillment in life.

Become a GDH and you'll find yourself surrounded by squadmates ready to learn diligently, produce quality content, and be each other's emotional support when needed.

“Lightmare is so much fun and l really enjoyed it and l made some new friends and l want to work for Lightmare now because it’s a really good gaming company.”
— Zachary Lloyd

Internationally Award Winning Classes Bring Out Your Inner Hero


The GDH Courses bring together the best of Lightmare's experience and talent into one place.

Our trainers host weekly classes that initially support your successful completion of your nationally recognised Certificate III or Diploma

Our trainers are industry veterans who both teach and work on upcoming products, ensuring our course content integrates both established worldwide best practice with cutting edge tools and methods.

The following are our premier course offerings:

Interactive Entertainment Production Course (worldwide Availability)

Applicants of any age, gender or background are able to partake in our acclaimed Interactive Entertainment Production Course (IEPC). Those who live within commutable proximity to one of our studios are also able to do an unpaid internship with Lightmare Studios as a part of this.

With experience required for even a foot in the door nowadays, Lightmare offers not only the Game Design Portfolio created through participation but also quality, up-to-date experience in the IE industry. Included in this is the opportunity to contribute your creative skill to our prototype products

Your Own Interactive Entertainment Product – Within this course, you build a Game Design Portfolio to aid entrance into any of the Design industries or further education. With the job market more competitive than ever, Lightmare prepares you for interviews and gives you an advantage over other applicants.

Real World Experience – Most modern employment opportunities require experience. The IEPC provides you with this experience. Lightmare has enjoyed global success and is among the world’s biggest names within the online TCG genre. "Infinity Wars" is live on Steam and has seen great success in the world of Interactive Entertainment. You get the opportunity to help construct this and other acclaimed products, working with our Development Team and contributing new concepts, designs, artwork and animations. This experience will be vital on your resume.

queensland Traineeship (QLD School-Based students Only)

Get Paid to Learn Video Game Art and Animation

Our internationally award-winning, government-funded school-based Traineeship with Lightmare Studios is available to eligible applicants.

A traineeship is a combination of a job opportunity and a government-funded nationally-recognised certificate.

The certificate included in the School-Based Traineeship (SBT) is Certification: ICA30115 – Certificate III in Information Technology, specialising in Game Development.

There is no additional fee to participate in a Queensland Traineeship. The cost of the Certificate III included is paid for by the Queensland Government User Choice Scheme, therefore comes at no cost to approved trainees. Traineeship participants are also paid, part-time employees of Lightmare Studios. There is a comprehensive interview process and very limited employment positions available.

Trainees must be able to physically attend our Toowong studio from 9:00am – 5:30pm on their allotted weekday, every week, for one year, excluding two weeks over the Christmas/New Year break.

victorian Traineeship (vic School-Based students Only)

Get Paid to Learn Video Game Art and Animation

In this multi-award winning program, Lightmare trainees achieve a Certificate III in 6.5 months, weekly paid work experience for an leading Australian video game development company, a possible 10% ATAR boost and arguably the most important of all, the first vital step toward their passion: a career in the Australian games industry.

Available all across Victoria and completed by students from over 90 schools across the state since its inception, the highly-acclaimed program opens doors for Victorian secondary students in Melbourne, Geelong and all rural localities, who, like us are passionate about forging a career in the ultra-modern game development and digital design industry.

Commonly recognised as an innovative, modern ‘academic traineeship’ carried out under a VET school-based traineeship (SBA) banner, Lightmare Victorian Traineeships has shown an astounding average 2018 completion rate of over 95%, in comparison to the state average in recent years for traineeship completions of around 62%.

The course is also available through online live classrooms, with an in person class only three times during the 6.5 months.

Stand-Alone Certificate III in Information Technology, specialising in GAME DEVELOPMENT (Queensland and victorian Residents Only)

If ineligible or not successful in being hired for the Traineeship, the Certificate III is available as a paid course. Please note, students are not paid per hour as in the traineeship. Those who live within commutable proximity to one of our studios are also able to do an unpaid internship with Lightmare Studios as a part of this.

Lightmare diploma (victorian Residents Only, taking interest for a potential Queensland 2020 program)

Once you've completed your Lightmare Certificate III, you are eligible for direct entry into a Lightmare Diploma and move onto more advanced aspects and topics we've found will prepare you for the industry, like no other course out there.

In Victoria, this involves you completing a Lightmare Diploma, inclusive of specialized content covered in Lightmare Masterclasses, including: 

  • Publishing on Steam & how to get free exposure for your products by sharing what has and hasn't worked for us before.

  • How to pitch a product to, and then partner with, 3rd-party publishers, leveraging their marketing budget and skills.

  • Gain an understanding of the full game development process, from idea incubation to post-launch support.

  • Introduce you to metrics analysis, which enable us to track a player from the moment they come across our games, through to install, purchase and beyond.

Below is the 2019 & 2020 GDH Diploma Masterclass Course Syllabus, kindly note course content is subject to change at Lightmare's discretion.

GDHSCR301 Introduction to Game Asset Creation
GDHSCR302 Introduction to Game Asset Creation Pipelines using 3Ds Max and Blender
GDHBUS401 Industry Networking and Social Pitching
GDHMOD302 Introduction to 3ds Max and Blender
GDHMOD301 Introduction to Basic Modelling tools
GDHSCR303 Scrum Workflow Fundamentals
GDHBUS402 Introduction to Creating a Studio
GDHBUS403 Australian Company Registration and Obligations
GDHMOD401 Advanced Modelling Techniques
GDHMOD305 Introduction to 3D Sculpting
GDHMOD402 Advanced 3D Sculpting Techniques
GDHMOD403 Retopologizing with Blender and 3DsMax
GDHAUD301 Game Audio and Music Techniques
GDHMOD306 Unwrapping Game Assets with Blender and 3DsMax
GDHMOD307 Baking Texture Maps
GDHMOD311 Texturing Game Assets with Blender and 3DsMax
GDHBUS404 Assembling your Final Game Asset for Portfolio
GDHBUS409 Establishing and Nurturing Publisher and Platform Partnerships
GDHBUS407 Metrics Analysis and Optimisation

Requirements for the GDH Masterclass program

All potential students must have studied a minimum Certificate III in either Screen & media / Information Digital Media & Technology, or another very similar Certificate III program. If you’re a Lightmare Alumni, you' have this requirement met. All other enquirers can ask for clarification by sending an email through to

Some example work by students featured in Infinity Wars

Some example work by students featured in Infinity Wars

I absolutely loved working with Lightmare Studios. It gave me a chance to bring my art to life by using a 3D modelling program called Blender. I even improved my art along the way, as well as my communications skills and confidence. We were able to learn a lot and were able to practice those skills in our sessions. Even though we communicate online, we can easily talk to the trainers and trainees, it’s a really friendly environment. I can’t think of any cons regarding Lightmare Studios.
— Jasmine Vu

Real World Results Matter


Throughout the course, you will be working to design and produce content for our upcoming world-class titles, which will put your name in the credits of those titles, before you even finish your studies.

"Start making a game today" is the universal advice we at Lightmare and many professionals give those wanting to get into the Game Development industry.

We facilitate the best form of this within the GDH Courses , to have you design and produce elements of our current and/or upcoming commercially-released titles. You'll have your name in the credits for your portfolio and resume, and enjoy the experience of playing something you've created, knowing that hundreds of thousands of others around the world will be having fun with it too.

Below is a trailer of Infinity Wars, our flagship game that previously only the most talented or experienced students have had the opportunity to contribute to. Since July 2018, all GDH Courses are designed so that every student will be supported in being able to create content to the standard required to make it into our games.

“I have never known how much work and time it takes to create a character. From the style and personality of the character, to making a 3D model, I had never realised it would be so fun and challenging. After experiencing the course with Lightmare Studios, it has not only opened my eyes but a pathway to a new industry for me.”
— Breanna Sweeney; Freelance artist and 3D modeller.

Your Game Development Adventure Awaits


Lightmare has run many courses with thousands of students over the years, so we understand that applying for a course like this may seem daunting. As such we're here to reassure you and answer all your questions. 

If you're curiosity is calling you to explore this further, simply fill your details below, and we'll invite you to a Discovery Day very soon.

Applications for the next GDH Course in Brisbane, Australia close in:

We at Lightmare acknowledge you for taking the time to really consider doing something extraordinary. For those of you who've chosen to come to a Discovery Day to see if we're a fit for each other, we wish you the best and look forward to discussing your eligibility and application.

If you successfully become a GDH, you're in for the educational adventure of a lifetime.

Amazing staff and program, giving you the skills and experience going from virtually no knowledge to 6 months experience, training under a professional. I would highly recommend the Lightmare program for anyone interested in graphic arts as it’s a pathway to many future careers.
— Kyle Blackwell