Crash course training days in the UK

June 19, 2014 in Events

We’re excited to announce a series of training days across the UK, running throughout the rest of the year. These workshops are a high-intensity crash course in game development using Unity, based on the hugely successful content delivered at the Unite training day in Vancouver last year, updated for 2014.

Unite13 Training Day - front corner view

During the one-day workshop, we deliver a rapid run-through of many of Unity’s core features by putting together a game from scratch using a mixture of ready-made prefabs, re-usable components, and editor scripting. We cover asset pipeline, level construction, physics, animated characters, cameras, weapons, enemy AI and particle effects. The workshops are classroom-style, so bring your own laptop, follow along as we go, and take home your own finished game at the end of the day!

We kick off during Develop conference next month in July, with a special workshop in our Brighton office and will be touring the country leaving a trail of powered-up game developers in our wake. If you’re in the UK and want a serious boost to your Unity skills, check the dates below.

The standard ticket price is €199 + VAT.
We have early-bird discounts on most dates available, but ending soon.

Some venues and dates are still to be finalised, and we will be updating the details below on this post as these are locked down. 

  • Tues 8th July, Unity Office, Brighton (During Develop conference)
  • Fri 8th Aug, Manchester (Manchester University)
  • Fri 12th Sep, Lincoln (Lincoln University, coinciding with the GameOn Festival)
  • Weds 24th Sep, London, near Earls Court (coinciding with Eurogame Expo)
  • Tue 30th Sep, Exeter (Exeter University)
  • Weds 8th Oct, Bath (location TBC)
  • Sept/Oct, Bristol (date & location TBC)
  • Tues 21st Oct, Cambridge (Provisional Date – TBC, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Thurs 23rd  Oct, Cardiff (Cardiff University)
  • Tue 11th Nov, London, (Near ExCeL Centre, coinciding with Apps World Europe conference)
  • Weds 26th Nov, Leeds (Leeds University)
  • Thurs 27th Nov, Middlesbrough (Provisional Date – TBC, Middlesbrough University)
  • Weds 10th Dec, Portsmouth (Provisional Date – TBC, Portsmouth University)
  • Weds 17th Dec, Bournemouth (Provisional Date – TBC, Bournemouth University)

We are hoping to add dates in Scotland early next year.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

For more information about our early-bird discount prices or for booking tickets, get in touch at duck@unity3d.com

Unity Training Day Editor ShotEDIT:

Due to so many people asking for more detail about what’s included in the course and the appropriate skill level, here’s a quick summary:
The training day covers a full-spectrum of Unity features, tied together into a game that everyone can build during the day. Throughout the course of the day we cover:

  • Editor overview and pro tips for getting around in Unity, including scene navigation, shortcuts and hotkeys and oft-overlooked gizmos and buttons.
  • Pipeline and Workflow, including importing models, textures, materials, sounds, animations, and pre-made Unity packages.
  • Level design in Unity, using snap-together prefabs and custom editor scripts to auto-place prefabs and speed up workflow.
  • Basic physics, including colliders, rigidbodies, constraints, detecting collisions.
  • Making a physics-based character which can run, strafe, mouse-turn, can push physics objects and how to achieve the intuitive “collide and slide” character feel.
  • Setting up cameras – scripting camera movement, and using pre-made camera packages from the new “Sample Assets”
  • Character animation – understanding animation clips, humanoid avatars, animation controllers, 1D and 2D blend trees, masked layers, and more.
  • Weapons – instantiating projectiles, particle effects, detecting damage and tracking health.
  • Enemies – AI Navigation, Random wandering, Proximity check, pursuit and firing.

And if time permits…

  • More gameplay features – level progression, score, health pickups, keys and doors.

The training day is designed to be suitable for a range of skill levels from beginner through intermediate. To fit as much as possible into the day, I’ve set the minimum requirement in terms of skill level as “beginner but not absolute beginner”. So, if you’ve never even downloaded or opened Unity before it would be worthwhile downloading it, firing it up, and going through a few of our beginner level video tutorials – just to familiarise yourself with the editor and some of the basic terms. I’ll be quickly recapping most of what’s there to refresh everyone’s memory, but it will be exactly that – a quick recap.

There is coding included through the day, many people like to type along as I write out and explain the code we use. However I also cater for the code-averse by including all finished scripts in the files you get at the start of the day. So you’re free to simply copy and paste if you’d rather watch and soak in the information without worrying about getting every curly bracket in exactly the right place!

For more information about our early-bird discount prices or for booking tickets, get in touch at duck@unity3d.com

 

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  1. Jonathan Brown

    August 14, 2014 at 11:57 am / 

    Hi Duck,

    Please could you provide information on booking and reserving a place for the upcoming Bath venue please.

    Location information to please.

    We need payment information to please looking forward to this thanks in advance.

  2. Duck

    August 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm / 

    Hi Mike,

    I just sent out details this afternoon to all the Manchester attendees. See you there!

  3. Mike Whitty

    August 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm / 

    @DUCK : Hi, myself and a colleague have booked on the course for Manchester, but we’ve not had any details about time / location. Can you provide these please?

  4. Arun Kumar

    July 3, 2014 at 4:26 am / 

    What about coming to India?? We are too excited using Unity for making our games. Why don’t you take a tour here :) :)

  5. Duck

    July 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm / 

    @Andy Have a look at the updated blog content, it describes in more detail what’s covered. If you feel you’d learn enough from that, please book a place! I don’t have much of an idea yet if it will definitely be oversubscribed, however we have lots requests coming in each day so there’s a chance it will be.

    @Seph All the content will be based on the current public version of Unity, so no 5.x features yet. When new versions of Unity are released, I will do my best to integrate new features into the training content as soon as possible (particularly the new GUI system!)

    @Rob More details are now in the body of the blog post, above.

    @Skflowne, William, George Floros, @Sinister Mephisto There’s always a chance we will be able to expand our training days to more areas of the world, particularly if these UK dates are successful. Keep an eye on our blog for future announcements.

  6. Sinister Mephisto

    June 28, 2014 at 9:38 am / 

    I really hate when unity advertise these things I have no chance in hell of ever experiencing.

  7. Chris MacDonald

    June 25, 2014 at 11:50 am / 

    Awesome, looking forward to seeing the Scotland dates. Glasgow would be good if possible :D

  8. Rob

    June 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm / 

    Am interested in this. When will more details be published, pricing, bookings, etc. ??
    (Have sent an email also).

  9. Seph

    June 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm / 

    Will any of the the content presented be on new features being introduced in Unity 5 or is it entirely Unity 4.x based?

    Do you yet have any indication what training options will there be for the new features in Unity 5?

  10. Chris

    June 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm / 

    Will anything like this ever come to Germany? Like Mannheim, Frankfurt, Stuttgardt, Darmstadt and so on….Maybe I’ll just have to fly out to my old town Cambridge.

  11. craig

    June 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm / 

    Thats nice!

  12. Andy

    June 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm / 

    I work part-time at the University of Lincoln, so it is nice to see you coming here. I’ve been using Unity for a few years, and am unsure if I would be depriving someone else of a place who would benefit more. Do you expect these to be oversubscribed?

  13. James

    June 20, 2014 at 11:47 am / 

    Yeah, shame about the lack of a course in the Midlands. A date to tie in with Game City in Nottingham in October I’m sure would be very popular.

  14. Charles

    June 20, 2014 at 11:37 am / 

    Nothing in the Midlands either? :( shame…

  15. Duck

    June 20, 2014 at 10:34 am / 

    @Ben : The skill level is beginner-to-intermediate. It’s aimed at people who perhaps have had a play with Unity , but want to change up a gear. Although having said that, I’ve had plenty of more experienced developers say they have got a lot out of the same course, because it covers so many areas – it’s also suitable for devs who are familiar with other engines or their own tech and want a crash course in “The Unity Way”, or tech artists who are interested in broadening their abilities. My recommendation would be that if you’ve never downloaded or opened Unity before, give it a try first and perhaps go through a few of the basic Editor tutorial videos we have on our site as a warm-up for the training day. If you’re past that point, you should be good!

  16. Peter Satera

    June 20, 2014 at 9:39 am / 

    We need to see you come further north to Scotland. Glasgow and Dundee’s game developers are turning more frequently to Unity. There’s a lot of us up here which would happily come to this crash course, so please come through. We would really welcome it!

    :)

  17. George Floros

    June 20, 2014 at 9:14 am / 

    COME TO GREECE !

  18. William

    June 20, 2014 at 3:06 am / 

    COME TO THE USA!
    Seriously though I would have went to this at GDC if it were there.

  19. Skflowne

    June 19, 2014 at 11:55 pm / 

    Please come to France !

  20. Ben

    June 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm / 

    Is it open to anyone? Is it a beginners course or does it assume you have previous knowledge?

  21. Ocid

    June 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm / 

    Nice to see you coming to Scotland

  22. Nigel Kennington

    June 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm / 

    Let me know when you’ve got one in Scotland please.

  23. GregK

    June 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm / 

    Come to Scotland please. We’ve got gamejams and Abertay Uni does game degrees.

  24. Duck

    June 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm / 

    @Scott – I’m trying to arrange some venues and dates in Scotland for early next year.

  25. Duck

    June 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm / 

    I’ll be updating this page with more details over the next few days, including the ticket pricing and confirming the remaining dates and venues. Please stay tuned, or email me to be notified when the training in your area is finalised.

  26. Hazza

    June 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm / 

    @LEE ATTEWELL

    “for more information or to book a ticket, get in touch at duck@unity3d.com.”

  27. Lee C

    June 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm / 

    Cannot believe my local venue (Manchester) session is the day before my wedding. Don’t think the Mrs will be pleased.

  28. Scott

    June 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm / 

    Nothing in Scotland!?

  29. Quantum Theory

    June 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm / 

    Great stuff. It could be great if Unity used assets from the store to illustrate concepts and ideas. Too often we see art from Unity that never gets released.

  30. Lee Attewell

    June 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm / 

    The article mentions nothing about booking or price. Is it just show up and.hope for seat?

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