Unreal Engine 5 Production Skills Bootcamps
Remote Guided Learning
Career Prospects <6mo.
Unreal Engine 5 Production Skills Bootcamps. Gov-funded 4-8 week Unreal Authorised studio experience with guaranteed career prospects.
Capable and experienced Producers are one of the most commonly sought-after roles in the UK games industry. However, the only way to learn how to be an effective producer is by doing. We will give you the tools, knowledge and opportunity you need to experience bringing the team together and rallying them around a shared vision. A great producer acts as a force multiplier. You must be organised and balanced whether you manage teams, projects or both. You can jump from triaging and resolving issues internally, to working with and communicating outside of the team; dealing with stakeholders such as publishers, marketers or players/users.
To become a great producer, you first need to be a producer. We help you refine your skillset in a live studio environment. You’ll work with our team to develop your skills and behaviours, to help demonstrate your ability to effectively manage and synergise with our team in a live studio setting.
An Agile Producer is capable of more than simply motivating the team and clearing blockers. They need to be confident in their application of industry-standard production tools and software, leveraging it to coordinate the activities of the multitude of disciplines involved in game development. Throughout development, an effective producer must always have a keen focus on both the project’s goals and the experience of the end-user. At the same time, they need to be attentive to the needs of the developers, both short and long-term, keeping their finger on the pulse of both the project’s development and the team making it.
On the Production strand, you will learn to develop professionally on a commercial project, to a high standard, using industry-standard tools and methodologies.
Agile & Scrum for Producers – Learn why agile development is required in games development.
Understanding how producers fit in agile teams.
Agile Project Management – Using the Hansoft project management software.
Scrum Meetings – Understand the purpose of each of the scrum meetings: planning, daily (“stand-up”), review and retrospective.
Scrum Artifacts & Reporting – Understanding and using scrum artifacts by reviewing past sprints in Hansoft, examining cards, burn charts, DoD’s, estimates, etc
Agile Priority & Risk – Learn to prioritise the backlog and assess risk in within projects.
Games Industry Overview – Understanding the games industry (entertainment software).
Immersives Industry Overview – Understanding the immersives industry iRT3D, from dynamic web apps to XR experiences.
iRT3D Producer Role – Understand the varying roles of the producer and the career path.
iRT3D Production – Understand internal and external projects, their stakeholders and the production process, as well as how things can go wrong.
iRT3D Teams & Pipelines – Learn how games/XR are made. Understanding the complexities of interdisciplinary teams.
Project Management & Budgets – Being able to plan and manage a project timeline and budget.
Team Motivation & Mental Health – Motivations of individuals and how to get the best out of them. Understanding the importance mental of health in the team.
Pitching Projects & Teams – Pitching your internal projects to stakeholders
Audiences & Analytics – Understand the importance of audience research, sources, analysis methods and reporting. Exploring the audience personas for Samsara, as well as the tools used to collect quantitative and qualitative data to support design, QA and marketing aspects of the game project.
Professional Development Planning – Learn how to create and set a S.M.A.R.T. Objective, which we will work with you to help you acheive that goal during the Skills Bootcamp or within the 6 months support period.
Job Applications & Interview Skills – Ongoing support to help you prepare for and find your way into the industry, over the job search, application and interview stages.
CV, Portfolio & Professional Presence – Dedicated time to review your CV/portfolio and prepare to demonstrate your new skills and acheivements to potential employers so that you have the best chance to forge a career in the industry.
This course is open to individuals in England, aged 19 or above, who aim to pursue or advance a career in the games or immersive industries.
You may be eligible to apply for a Skills Bootcamp if you: are aged 19 or over; have the right to work in the UK; live in England and meet residency requirements. If you claim Universal Credit, you can apply and continue to claim benefits.
Who Should Apply
This is not a course for beginners.
Ideal candidates should have some background in managing people, teams or project-based work, through past study or practice (e.g. employment/self-employment). It would be useful to have a CV with practical examples with which you can demonstrate this experience. Examples don’t strictly have to be from within the games or immersive industry. You may have transferable skills from similar industries, such as app or software development, film or TV, or elsewhere.
The course requires a commitment of 100 hours, full-time over 4 weeks or part-time over 8 weeks. Attendance is crucial for mastering the skills and meeting the quality standards set in the assessments. You will need dedicated time to learn and practice the skills of your discipline on a live project during business hours. Unsure applicants are encouraged to apply, as the team can assist in determining eligibility and ensuring it is a fit with their goals.
Learners with experience leading or managing games/immersive projects, whether that is in a professional capacity (employed or freelance), through formal education at University (Bachelor or Master level), work experience or personal time spent working on game or other creative/software projects. Knowledge of Unreal Engine and an understanding of the end-to-end production pipeline games would be beneficial but are not required. This isn’t a beginner course, so learners must already be competent in the fundamentals of communication and organisation.
Technical & Hardware Requirements
- PC or laptop that can run Parsec.
- Broadband access to the internet (see below), to connect to our network and remote workstations via Parsec (5Ghz WIFI / Ethernet at a speed of 30Mbps download and 2Mbps upload, or better via Speedtest.net)
- Mouse and keyboard, plus a working webcam and microphone.
What To Expect
Take your professional development to the next level by learning a range of skills and behaviours you’ll need to succeed as an industry professional. You will be working in Unreal Engine to develop content that you will first design based on a live brief for an in-development title, Samsara.
Unreal Authorised Training
Over 100 hours of guided learning, you will design, iterate and implement your content in adherence with our team’s creative vision. You will learn to use the professional workflows and pipelines that are required for interactive real-time 3D development – which apply to the games and immersive industries. You will also harness the power of Unreal Engine 5 to bring your vision to life within an in-development project, at a quality level that’s expected of you within the industry.
During the course, you will not only learn from but also work with our team to practice your skills by implementing a portfolio piece from a structured brief within a live game project, Samsara. This means that you will iterate towards mastery of your craft by using an agile approach. Developing fit-for-purpose deliverables to an agreed creative and technical specification, to a reasonable and set deadline. You get real-life experience of the day-to-day cadence and life within a game and immersive studio, INFINITY27. You will be on a remote call with the team within Discord while you work so that you can request help, advice and guidance at any time during your agreed guided learning hours. You will grow professionally by giving and receiving feedback and instruction regularly and partaking in Scrum meetings, such as the Daily Standup meeting and Sprint Review.
We will assess you on clear pass/fail criteria, which are based on meeting our quality bar for production-level assets. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and discussed during your onboarding, near the start of the experience. Assessment checkpoints and feedback are regularly scheduled over your guided learning hours, so you can know what areas you most need to focus on to pass and when you will need to address them. The course culminates in a “Showcase” during the Sprint Review near the end, where you will demonstrate to your assessor that you have applied the skills and behaviours required to pass certification. Upon completion of the course, a certificate and detailed feedback for areas of improvement will be provided so you can continue your journey with clear next steps towards your agreed professional development goal(s).
Guaranteed Career Prospects
Once you complete the course, you’ll be guaranteed a job interview if you are unemployed. If you are freelance/self-employed, you’ll be able to use the training to seek new opportunities for your business. If you’re being supported by your current employer to complete the Skills Bootcamp then you’ll be offered a new role or new responsibilities.
If you are seeking a new job we will help you identify and apply for open positions in the UK, or you can apply for open positions at INFINITY27. We can help you prepare for the interview with tailored support and soft-skills training. We can also support your further professional development support (CV & cover letter writing, portfolio reviews, etc.) and provide professional advice that can help you feel confident interviewing for roles as a salaried professional in the games or immersive industries.
If you are freelance/self-employed, we will help you work towards securing your next contract or client. This would include a mix of portfolio development and online professional presence building, as well as networking and introductions within the industry.
If you are already in the industry we will work with your employer to ensure you can secure the new role or responsibilities which you have set out to achieve. We can also help with further goal setting and professional development planning. Information, advice and guidance are also available for 6 months after the course ends through our extended mentorship offer.
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