Prior Learning Assessment
Prior learning may be recognized under some circumstances. All students applying for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) will need to complete and return to AIE a PLA application form. Applicants requesting PLA for specific modules must provide formal certification of achievement in this field of study OR submit a portfolio for assessment by AIE staff. Staff will assess the work against competency standards relating to the modules in question and a report of the assessment will be forwarded to the applicant.
Students should be aware that AIE charges a fee for this service; however, applicants will be eligible for a 50% refund of that fee should their claim for PLA be unsuccessful. Some students may be eligible for direct entry into Year Two of Advanced Diploma study. The Head of School (Dean) ultimately makes PLA decisions.
C/C++ Programming Skills
For PLA of C/C++ to be granted, evidence of formal qualifications may be provided in the form of: a certificate from a local community college or regionally accredited university or an applicable entity, a Diploma in Information Technology incorporating C/C++ programming, a Degree in Computer Science (Programming) or any other relevant Certificate IV or Diploma from an AIE campus. Other forms of evidence in the shape of résumés, testimonials and references may also be considered.
Applicants for Year Two of the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development will be asked to take a test, which will help the AIE gauge the degree of PLA in C/C++ programming skills. The result of this test will be considered along with the above before PLA is granted. The amount of PLA granted to applicants will determine whether they are best suited to Year One or Year Two of the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development.
3D Computer Generated Art
Completion of Certificate IV in Screen & Media by the AIE, equivalent industry experience or equivalent recognized prior learning will grant you PLA for the Year One of the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Art or Media track) or the Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media. Evidence of formal qualifications and/or portfolio will need to be provided for assessment by AIE staff. Other forms of evidence in the shape of résumés, testimonials and references may also be considered.
Applications may also be made requesting PLA for specific modules. Staff will assess the work against competency standards relating to the modules in question and a report of the assessment will be forwarded to the applicant. This portfolio need not contain graphics created in Studio Max/Maya software for PLA. Other software packages can be used to demonstrate competency in certain basic modeling/animation techniques. Some PLA may also be recognized after perusal of 2D art or design work and interview with the applicant.
Policy for Transferability of Credits from Other Institutions
The AIE will accept lower division units that are applicable to the non-core courses from other regionally accredited institutions. AIE reserves the right to review units from nationally accredited institutions and determine applicability. Students are not allowed to transfer upper divisional units or units that are core courses (specifically production courses).
Transfer of Credits from AIE to Other Institutions
Students who wish to leave AIE and transfer their units to other institutions must file with Administration a transfer request stating the institution they wish to transfer their units to. The application must also have attached verification that the student has been accepted to the institution the student is wishing to transfer the units to.
Transfer of Credits within AIE
AIE does not permit transfers of credits between programs internally.