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Games Engine Labs

Tier 2 SFA Labs Assets 7

First Steps Into Game Engines:

'First Steps Into Game Engines' is a 1-day remote lab scheduled for Friday 21st May 2021. This is an open-call, and all applications will be considered that meet our eligibility criteria. There is a maximum of 18 places (9 for Unity and 9 for Unreal)


Real time game engines are set to become the 21st century’s most significant creation and distribution platform, impacting all sectors of the entertainment industries.

Although originally created to ease the development of computer games, Real Time Game Engines have grown to include many uses such as TV and Film production, data visualisation, sound installations as well as virtual, augmented and mixed reality. This flexibility means that real time game engines are the end point of most immersive workflows. For those just getting started the use of game engines can seem daunting and overwhelming.

This short course aims to demystify these platforms and ease participants into their use. Designed for people with no prior experience in this area, StoryFutures Academy's 1 day remote course will introduce you to game engines and their various uses. It will cover the different platforms available and help you choose the right one for your project, and give you an opportunity to try either Unity or Unreal Game Engines.

The course is designed for remote access, enabling participants to experience the possibilities of these tools from their own laptops or desktop computers, whatever their specifications. To take part, and use these remote access tools, you will require a 3 button mouse.

First Steps Into Game Engines is supported by EM3 LEP’s ‘Creative Tech Booster’ project with StoryFutures. EM3 LEP supports people and businesses across the West Surrey and Hampshire regions. StoryFutures Academy’s First Steps into Game Engines course is free to access for companies across the country, with 3 places reserved for companies from the EM3 LEP region - simply provide your postcode and mark the appropriate box on your application form to confirm you are part of the EM3 LEP region (see application form).

Applications are now closed.



To apply you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Age: Participants must be 18+
  • UK Status: Applicants must be UK nationals or permanent UK residents
  • Diversity: StoryFutures Academy operates with a pledge to ensure 50% of participants are women and 15-20% are from BAME backgrounds.
  • Track Record: Participants must have a substantial body of work and/or a considerable number of screen (or production, performance or equivalent) credits.
  • Reporting: All participants must agree to funder reporting requirements, including provision of relevant business and employment information

Applications are now closed for this lab

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