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Game Dev 101 – Level 1

Tuesday, August 26th, 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: 25-10-2014
From 10:00 to 17:00

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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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.

Beginning Coding

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Beginning Coding

Beginning Coding

Title: Beginning Coding
Location: MadLab

Date: 01-11-2014
From 10:00 to 17:00
Price: £140 inc VAT
Booking: Grab a place on Eventbrite or email us at office@madlab.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

About the course

If you’re an absolute beginner with no experience of programming whatsoever, this is your way in. You’ll learn to think like a programmer, understand the essential programming principles, pick up just enough of the JavaScript language (which is used extensively on web sites) to get useful things done, and write and run some of your own programs. After completing the course you’ll have more confidence to pursue any aspect of computing that interests you.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at absolute beginners who have no experience in programming, or who have only been working with languages such as HTML and CSS before. However, you should have confidence with basic computer functionality, such as typing, using the mouse, opening and saving files, etc.

What will be taught

The course will start with the very basics of how computer software works and what we are actually doing when we feed a program into a computer. We will then get our hands dirty fairly quickly and start writing some code in JavaScript, a popular programming language. You will find out what variables, arrays, loops and functions are, learn how to plan out a program, and use conditional statements to control the flow of your program. This will involve learning as you go along, using several small examples. Finally, we will look at how we can use scripts to solve small everyday tasks, such as finding words and writing simple games.

Why should I take this course?

The aim of this short course is to give you a better understanding of how computers work and how you can make them work for you. It won’t turn you into a coder straight away, but it will put you on the right path for further study. But even if you don’t want to become a professional programmer, having an idea of how computer programs work and being able to script small tasks might come in handy in your everyday life. Besides, programming is known to improve your strategic thinking and structuring abilities.

Equipment required

A laptop (Mac, Windows or Linux) with:

Costs

Tickets are £140 including VAT. The price includes lunch and refreshments.

Your tutor: Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a Senior Tech Writer at Mozilla, where he writes docs and demos about open web apps, Firefox OS and related subjects. He loves tinkering around with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web technologies, and gives occasional tech talks at conferences and universities.

Intermediate WordPress

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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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: 03 & 04-11-2014 (Monday & Tuesday)
Price: £300
From 10:00 to 16:30

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.

Advanced WordPress

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
WordPress

Advanced WordPress

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

Date: 13 to 14-11-2014
Price: £400
From 10:00 to 16:30

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.

Game Dev 101 – Level 2

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Game Dev 101 – Level 2

Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 2
Location: MadLab
Description: Game Dev 101 is a two day introduction to games development for those who can already code. If you’ve always fancied trying your hand at game development and know how to code to a basic-intermediate level this is the course for you.

Dates: 15 – 16-11-2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
From 10:00 to 17:00

Booking: grab a spot on Eventbrite or email us (office@madlab.org.uk) for more information/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.

preview1Over 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).

preview3Attendees 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 via office@madlab.org.uk or 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 (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 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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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.