Step Up To Unreal

A free five-day course with virtual production or real-time VFX placement opportunity

ScreenSkills High-end TV Step Up To Unreal in association with Escape Studios

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May 2022

Learn Unreal Engine for free and get the chance to take a paid placement with some of the best VFX film and TV studios in the UK!

Escape Studios and ScreenSkills are collaborating again to ensure the VFX industry gets the talent it needs, in the booming areas of real time and virtual production.

As an Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center, Escape Studios have produced this Step Up To Unreal course for experienced* artists wanting to upskill in Unreal Engine. Not only that - a selected number of successful participants on the course will have the opportunity to join a paid placement with a leading company over the summer.

This course is free to participants thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and also by the BFI awarding National Lottery funds as part of the Future Film Skills programme. 

Companies interested in offering placements to Step Up to Unreal attendees currently include: Framestore, Halon Entertainment, Garden Studios, Lux Machina, Dimension Studios, Untold, The Mill and Technicolor, and more are to be confirmed.

*Participants will need at least two years of proven professional experience.

Course details

  • Location: Online
  • Course dates: 23rd - 27th May 2022
  • Price: Free

Registrations for this course are now closed. Keep an eye on our communications for future opportunities!

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Placement opportunities

There will be 18 placements open for application at the end of this course. Please note that there are 45 spaces on the course, so not everyone will be able to take up a placement and there will be an application process involved.

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Course breakdown

Day 1 - Foundations

  • UI
  • Viewport
  • Content browser

Day 2 - Assets and workflow

  • Asset Management
  • Input/Output
  • Quixel and Metahumans

Day 3 - Lighting and materials

  • Virtual lights
  • GI and alternatives (Raytrace vs Lumen vs DIY)
  • Practical application
  • Exposure management
  • Texture and material

Day 4 - Camera and sequencer

  • Parameters (film back, focal length, aperture, focal point, D.O.F, optical effects)
  • Animation and curve editor
  • Camera shake and effects
  • Virtual camera with iPad

Day 5 - Post processes and render

  • Key parameters
  • Effects
  • Grading
  • Raytracing and render parameters
  • Movie render panel

Registration form

Please fill out this form to apply to this programme. We will send you a confirmation email shortly after with instructions on how to submit your application documents. If you have any questions, please email

Applications are now closed.


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