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Game Dev 101 Level 1 — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Game Dev 101

Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 1
Location: MadLab
Description: Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
Date: 07-02-2015
From 10:00 to 17:00

Price: £70 inc VAT or £80 for under 14 with adult accompaniment
Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or email us on office@madlab.org.uk for further details/to book

 

 

Do you want to know how to make your own videogames, but have no idea where to start?

Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

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Over the day-long course Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical.

Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go.

The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this?

The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can still be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).

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By the end of the day, you will understand how to get up and running in a few different game making environments and will come out with the skills and confidence to explore making games further.

Once completed, you’ll be well prepared to move on to the Intermediate Level course.

Who is this course for?

Complete beginners, with no experience of coding or programming, who are interested in video games and learning about how they are created. Seasoned programmers should check out the intermediate level course. The course is aimed at adults, but will be suitable for many younger people too. If you have any questions about the pace or content of the course, please do get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk, we’d be delighted to help(Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.)

Do I need any prior skills?

No, as long as you have an interest in video games, basic numeracy and computing skills you’ll be fine, this course is for complete beginners!

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know (office@madlab.org.uk / 0161 839 6324) so we can arrange one for the day.)

All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance

Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl that attendees can use in their own future work.

How much does it cost?

£70 for the course plus an additional £10 for adult accompaniment (this is to cover lunch that will be available on the day). Prices are inclusive of VAT.

About the Tutor

Dan Hett became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how!

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Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Intermediate WordPress with Mike Little (WP co-founder) — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
WordPress

WordPress

Title: Intermediate WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: A course designed to improve the skills of those who already know the basics of WordPress. Are you ready to take your WordPress site to the next level?

Dates: 12 & 13-02-2015 (Thursday & Friday)
From 10:00 to 16:30

Price: £300
Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or or drop us an email at office@madlab.org.uk for more information.
Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation, learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices, and begin to unleash the full potential of the platform from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month of free hosting which you can use for experimenting if you wish, however, you’re welcome to work on your own site if you’d prefer. At the end of the course, you’ll be confident your site is professional quality and working its hardest for you.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but you don’t have to as we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Total beginners should try our WordPress for Beginners course.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
  3. Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
  4. Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
  5. Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
  6. The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
  7. Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
  8. CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
  9. Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
  10. Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

  1. Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
  2. Caching: Make your site fly!
  3. Exercise: Security and caching plugins
  4. SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
  5. Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
  6. Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
  7. Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
  8. E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
  9. More useful tools and plugins

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too however, for part of the course you will need Firefox or Google Chrome
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers:

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

A Practical Introduction to the Internet of Things — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Internet of things

Title: A Practical Introduction to the Internet of Things

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester

Description: Look out, the robots are coming!

After years of showing promise, the “internet of things” – network-connected devices which can communicate with each other, as well as our smartphones and tablets and the wider world – has arrived. “Smart” devices, from lightbulbs to cars, jewellery to cash cards are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

Date: 2015-02-21

From 10:00 to 17:00

This course will get you hands-on with building connected devices for the Internet of Things, using the open source Spark developers’ toolkit, prototyping electronic products which can talk to smartphones, the web and the world.

Who is it for?

This course is for those who have a basic understanding of electronics prototyping (e.g. Arduino) and programming already, as we will be going deeper into these two subjects – interfacing custom electronics with software running on a remote computer and made accessible through a web or mobile app.

If you don’t yet have enough confidence with the basics of one or both of these things, please consider taking Introduction to Physical Computing first.

Costs

£135 refreshments, lunch and all materials are provided.

Booking

You can book a place via Eventbrite: reserve a place!

Alternatively, you can email us at office@madlab.org.uk and we’ll send you an invoice.

Cancellation Policy

MadLab totally understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

Game Dev 101 Level 2 — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Game Dev 101 Level 2

Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 2
Location: MadLab
Description: Game Dev 101 Level 2 is a two-day course that will take you through the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

Date: 28-02-2015 & 01-03-2015
From 10:00 to 17:00

Price: £150 inc VAT
Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or email us on office@madlab.org.uk for further details/to book

 

 

Do you love video games? Have you done a bit of programming? Would you like to have a go at game development?

If you’ve already got some coding under your belt, and are keen to find out how video games are made, this is the course for you. Game Dev 101 – Level 2 is a two-day course that will take you through the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

Over the weekend, Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical. Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go. The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this? Dan covers both simple and complex examples to help you gain an in-depth understanding of the game development process.

The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).

Attendees will come out of the course with real, practical, hands-on knowledge of how to start coding their own videogames from scratch for desktop, web, mobile and beyond. You will not only gain a practical understanding of how games are made but also an insight into what to do with that knowledge; how to make games feel nice to play and what makes games really tick. In addition to this, you’ll get a host of royalty-free assets and further reading to allow you to take your games development to the next level.

Who is this course for?

Adults who can write code to a beginner-intermediate standard or programmers who don’t currently make games and wish to branch out. If you’re interested in game development but dont know where to start then this is the course for you.

Under 18s who have completed Game Dev 101 – Level 1 or who have strong maths/coding skills are also welcome on this course – please contact us office@madlab.org.uk to discuss.

Do I need any prior skills?

Yes, you need to know how to write code to a beginner-intermediate level. If you don’t have any coding knowledge but are keen to learn game development, a course on Codeacademy or similar would get you up to scratch. You’ll also need some very basic maths knowledge, for example a grasp of co-ordinates. If you’d like to chat to us in more depth about the requirements of the course, email us at office@madlab.org.uk

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know so we can arrange one for the day.)

All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance.

Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl (site is in Dutch) that attendees can use in their own future work.

How much does it cost?

£150 for the course. Prices are inclusive of VAT.

About the tutor – Dan Hett

Dan became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how! 

Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy — SOLD OUT

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Title: Mouse Taxidermy

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 07-03-2015
Times:
Morning session: 10:00 to 14:00 SOLD OUT
Evening session: 15:00 to 19:00 SOLD OUT

There’s still places on the Sunday session: more info / book now

 

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 4-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com.

Costs

The course costs £65. This is a beginners course so you don’t need to bring anything with you, all chemicals and equipment are provided.

Should you wish to do more taxidermy, we will have starter kits including all the equipment you need available for purchase on the day.

At the end of the course you will leave with your very own anthropomorphic taxidermy mouse. Refreshments are provided.

Booking

You can book a place via Eventbrite:

Book Morning Session (10:30-14:30) SOLD OUT

Book Evening Session (15:30-19:00)

Alternatively, you can email us at office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy

MadLab completely understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.