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Talbot Heath School | 3D Computer Games Club - Easter 2022

Course Description:

This two-day course is the perfect introduction to the world of game development! Using the world famous Unreal Engine – the same software used to create games such as Fortnite and TV shows such as The Mandalorian – students will learn how to make their very own 3D game that they can take home to play (MS Windows 10 only).

Hosted at Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth (BH4 9NJ), this introductory course for boys and girls (from any school) is aimed at all ages and ideal for beginners – absolutely no prior experience is necessary. The first day will cover foundational skills: the Unreal Engine and its key feature are explored through a series of small, incremental tasks that cover key learning outcomes and allow students to complete their first 3D game. The next day, students will create a more feature rich and graphics intensive game, complete with environments, sound, lighting, animation and AI (artificial intelligence). Our expert staff will guide the construction of the core gameplay elements, but students will also be encouraged to explore, experiment and extend the game in any way that they choose.

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Course dates

Three events are available:
Event One – 4th & 5th April 2022 | Students aged 8 to 11 
Event Two – 7th & 8th April 2022 | Students aged 12 to 18 
Event Three – 11th & 12th April 2022 | Students aged 10 to 18
*Siblings of different ages can be accommodated across a single event if required. Please contact us for further details.

Course Cost

The two-day course costs £130, including a certificate of completion
and an exclusive cgApprentice T-Shirt to take home!

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You will be taken to a form where you can add the participants details and find payment instructions. Any questions, please email info@cgapprentice.com


  Topics Covered

• Using the Unreal Engine • UI and Navigation • Sound • Animation

• Visual Programming • Physics Simulations • Materials • Lighting

• Dataflow • Datatypes and Conversion • Input • Variables •

Incrementing • Functions • Arrays • Loops


Hardware and Software

Using arVEE, cgApprentice’s bespoke virtualisation platform,
Talbot Heath’s existing Windows PCs will be used to remotely access
a fleet of high-powered graphics workstations which are pre-loaded
with all the necessary software, scene files and assets. The primary
software used will be the Unreal Engine, which is free to download
and use – so pupils can continue to explore their new skills at home!

About cgApprentice

cgApprentice is dedicated to bringing world-class education in animation, games and VFX into British schools. Our courses are written by leading educators, and we are the proud recipients of an Epic MegaGrant, awarded by the makers of the Unreal Engine in recognition of our innovative and inclusive approach to learning.


Event One - Monday & Tuesday (Ages 8 - 11) Event Two - Thursday & Friday (Ages 12 - 18) Event Three - Monday & Tuesday (Ages 10 - 18)
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Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. Continuously evolving to serve not only its original purpose as a state-of-the-art game engine, today it gives creators across industries the freedom and control to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds.

The Unreal Engine is used in several creative sectors, Computer Games, Architecture, Film and Television, Training and Simulation and Automative & Transportation.

Create cutting-edge interactive and immersive gaming experiences with the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform. Designed for teams of all sizes and titles of all genres, Unreal Engine is behind some of the most successful games of all time.


arVEE is our virtualised computer environment, allowing students to immediately access virtual workstations on the cloud, reducing the need for costly IT infrastructure. In this scenario, we can provide a virtualised high-end workstation to the students at the touch of a button; all they need is a low-end Windows PC or Mac and an internet connection. 

The virtual environment can be run via a small application installed on the machine, or run via a internet browser, offering a secure environment that respects the need for privacy, safety and data security.

Our virtual environment spec is normally as follows:

  • Windows 10 Operating System
  • NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs for lightning-fast graphics
  • 16 or 32 GiB RAM
  • Cloud-based storage
  • Simple client or Internet browser access to our learning infrastructure
  • Safe and secure sandbox environment

With arVEE, partner schools can use their existing suite
of Windows PCs and Macs to easily and remotely access
cgApprentice’s fleet of high-powered workstations. These
workstations are optimised for intensive graphics work and
game development and come pre-installed with the latest
industry-standard software. 

arVEE can be accessed via a small downloadable client, or via your computer’s browser. To ensure a real-time experience, we advise a 5 Mbps connection.

From there, our classes and learning materials give step-by-step guidance on how to create complete 3D games, along the way covering a range of valuable topics and subject areas, from maths and coding to colour theory and design language.

“As a college specialising in STEM, we asked cgApprentice to create an enrichment activity for our A Level students merging the technical aspects of computer animation with the creative elements of design, cgApprentice took our basic outline and created a bespoke course perfectly tailored to our resources and the needs of the students. We have been delighted with the outcome, which opens up exciting possibilities for future projects in the fields of computer gaming technology and 3D animation.”
Nicholas Waite
Principal, Bellerbys College Cambridge

cgApprentice classes are written by internationally – renowned educators with a proven track record and a wealth of experience – their students have gone on to work on amazing projects including Skyfall, Star Wars: The Force AwakensRed Dead Redemption 2 and Blade Runner 2049.

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