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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 — Book Now!

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.

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy — Book now!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Rat Taxidermy

Rat Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rat. 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 rat into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 08-03-2015
From 10:00 to 15:00

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Whether you’re a veteran of our Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy courses or a novice who fancies learning on something bigger than a mouse, Margot will take you step-by-step through the process to create an anthropomorphic (or naturalist) masterpiece.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats (though it’s by no means essential). 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 rat 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 rat. Refreshments 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.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic 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: 03-08-2015
Time: 16:00 to 20:00

This session was previously advertised as a Butterfly Setting and Preservation course. However, due to the exceptional demand for Mouse Taxidermy, we have replaced it with an additional mouse workshop. Perhaps it’s because you can’t put a top hat on a butterfly?

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 Session

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.

Advanced WordPress with WP co-founder Mike Little — Book Now

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
WordPress

Advanced WordPress

Title: Advanced WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.

Date: 12 & 13-03-2015
From 10:00 to 16:30

Price: £400
Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or email us at office@madlab.org.uk

 

 

 

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you. Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients. From customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building WordPress sites or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will help those wanting to take control of your current WordPress site and fully understand its capabilities. Marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further will also benefit, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

If this all sounds a bit scary you might want to consider our intermediate or beginners WordPress courses.

What you need to be familiar with.

You don’t need any programming experience, however a little CSS knowledge is useful. You will also need to know how to use a text editor and a FTP programme.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes
  3. Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme
  4. Exercise: Let’s create a child theme
  5. Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code
  6. Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven
  7. E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce
  8. Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets
  9. Advanced content plugins: Types and views

Day two

  1. Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities
  2. Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network
  3. Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter
  4. Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins
  5. Production tools: Branding the admin screens
  6. Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more
  7. Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins
  8. Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will need a modern web browser, an FTP client and a text editor (see below). Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
  • You will need a text editor. We suggest:
  • You will need a FTP program. We suggest – FileZilla
  • 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 course costs £400 (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.