Courses

Welcome to MadLab Courses

MadLab Courses are learning for do-ers. Every one of our courses, whether it’s electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic:

World-class tutors

Learn WordPress from the guy who wrote it. Learn Arduino with one of the UK Maker Movement’s leading lights or Games Dev with a Senior Developer from Children’s BBC. How about taxidermy with Margot Magpie - Huffington Post columnist and the coolest red-head in the UK? We’ve searched out inspirational course leaders who’ve not only mastered their subject, but are experienced communicators and facilitators. Our tutors make the complicated simple.

Small groups

You’ll benefit from personal, individual tutorial attention, plus the problem-solving support of a group of peers in a relaxed and supportive environment. You know you’re on a MadLab course when you have your eureka moment helping debug the project of the person sat next door.

Hands-on

Learning at MadLab is a contact sport. You’re a maker: you learn by doing. You’ll leave having mastered new skills that you can put to work straight away. Unfamiliar territory can be daunting for everyone, but you’ll have the confidence that comes from practical achievement with your own hands.

 

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing with Asa Calow (7 hour course)

Saturday 17 January 2015
Your robot army begins here. For functionality, for art, or just for making life more interesting, you’ll learn: to configure and program the Arduino, to prototype circuits, to interact with sensors and other common components, and to communicate with Processing software running on your computer. After completing the course, you’ll understand not just the limitless creative possibilities of the Arduino, but how to integrate them into larger projects. The course includes your first Arduino Uno, as well as all necessary cables and a stash of buttons, sensors and LEDS to get you hacking the real world (worth over £60)… more info / book now

WordPress for Beginners with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 29 – Friday 30 January 2015
If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here. Over two days you’ll learn everything you need: planning and setting up a site, publishing content, getting a polished look with themes, adding functionality with plugins, how to make conversations with your readers effortless. The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it… more info / book now

Game Dev 101 Level 1 with Dan Hett (7 hour course)

Saturday 07 February 2015
Would you like to know how to make you own videogames but have no idea where to start? Start here! Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch… more info / book now

Intermediate WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 12 – Friday 13 February 2015
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… more info / book now

A Practical Introduction to the Internet of Things with Asa Calow

21st February 2015
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. More info / book now

Game Dev 101 Level 2 with Dan Hett (two day course)

Saturday 28 February to Sunday 1 March 2015
Do you love video games? Have you done some 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… more info / book now

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy with Margot Magpie (half day courses)

Saturday 7th March 2015
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. 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. More info / book morning / book evening

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy with Margot Magpie (one-day course)

Sunday 8th March 2015
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. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats. 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. More info / book now

Butterfly Setting and Preservation with Margot Magpie (evening course)

Sunday 8th March 2015
Butterflies, with their vibrant colours and illusive tendencies, have fascinated for centuries. Collecting became popular both with etymologists and hobbyists during the 19th and early 20th centuries and many museums harbour collections in their archives. Over the course of this 4 hour workshop Margot will take you step by step through the process of setting and preserving butterflies, encouraging you to display your specimens in a whimsical manner. More info / book now

Advanced WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 12 – Friday 13 March 2015
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… more info / book now

Bid Writing with Laura H. Drane

If you’re an individual or small-to-medium enterprise aiming to raise funds for projects or operations, whether you’re new to the bid-writing process or want to power- or scale- up your applications, this course will equip you to win. You’ll understand every stage of the bid-writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical dos and don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully-prepared not just for filling-in the form, but for the whole journey. More info / book now

WordPress for Beginners with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 April 2015
If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here. Over two days you’ll learn everything you need: planning and setting up a site, publishing content, getting a polished look with themes, adding functionality with plugins, how to make conversations with your readers effortless. The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it… more info / book now

Intermediate WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 May 2015
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… more info / book now

Advanced WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 June 2015
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… more info / book now

 

COMING SOON:

Check back soon for more information, or ask us to keep you informed about:

  • Beginner’s CSS
  • Beginning Coding
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Web Design