Unity Developer Programme

Unity Developer Programme

Posted on: 30-07-2020

Northern Ireland Screen and Digital Catapult NI, with the support of Future Screens NI, have partnered with Unity to deliver the Unity Developer Programme (UDP). A free skills development programme for interactive and immersive content developers to work towards becoming certified as Unity Developers.

The UDP will run for 11 weeks starting Wednesday 19th August and will be a blend of online classes delivered by Unity experts and self-guided learning. At the end of the programme, the participants will have the opportunity to sit the Unity Certified Programmer exam, an industry recognised qualification.

This training covers six topic areas:

  • Programming core interactions
  • Working in the art pipeline
  • Developing application systems
  • Programming for scene and environment design
  • Optimising for performance and platforms
  • Working in professional software development teams

The format of the workshops are project and activity based where participants will be individually programming in Unity. Participants will be challenged to build two complete Unity projects, implementing core interactivity, supporting systems and platform optimisations. By successfully completing the projects in the workshop, participants will have had extensive, guided practice in the programming skills needed to pass the Unity Certified Programmer exam.

Who is it for?

We are seeking applications from those who are interested in developing their skills to create video game or immersive content (VR/AR).

The course is aimed at individuals who have 1-2 years’ experience of programming with Unity and are comfortable with C# programming language. This can be from education, however no formal educational background is needed, or professional experience. Working on personal projects can also count towards valid experience.

We are also open to participants from any industry background as long as they can demonstrate a commitment to creating interactive or immersive content. It will be best suited to those who have existing, related, software skill proficiency in the likes of CAD or 3D modelling packages.


The Unity Developer Programme will be delivered remotely in 3 phases across 11 weeks:

Phase Activity Dates
Phase 1 On Ramp


Self-paced online content to allow participants to get up to speed  to the same level as they should be when starting phase 2


2 weeks

19th Aug- 2nd Sep

Phase 2 Workshops – Certification prep

10 x 3hr workshops delivered by a Unity Certified Instructor covering the subject areas of the Unity Certified Programmer.

The last sessions will include a practice test to allow participants to gauge which areas they should focus on during the next phase.


4 Weeks

2nd Sept – 21st Sept



Break Participants have access to the online content to review and work through in their own time. 2 weeks

28th Sept – 11th Oct


Phase 3 Tutorial Sessions

Tutorial session will be a mix of 10 x 1hr sessions with a Unity trainer and self-paced learning. Each session will be focused on a subject area to help guide study

At the end of the 5 weeks participants will have the opportunity to take the Unity Certified Programmer exam

5 weeks

12th Oct – 11th November




Exam   w/c 23rd Nov

How to apply?

If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please email your CV and a cover letter (max 1 page) explaining how you meet the criteria for the programme to Rory Clifford, Interactive Manager, rory@northernirelandscreen.co.uk.

Deadline for applications is 12noon on Friday 14th August.