FORGE A NEW PATH YOUR BRIDGE TO CREATIVE INDUSTRIES REGISTER Due to the spread of Covid 19 the LightForge Academy is now developing a range of online courses. Our first online course is an Introduction to Production Accounting. PRODUCTION ACCOUNTING

WHY LIGHTFORGE?

Did you know that the Creative industries aren’t just about Film Directors, Actors and Games Designers?  There are hundreds of different roles, which suit an even wider range of skills, disciplines and backgrounds.  For example, there are fulfilling careers in business disciplines like accountancy and law, management roles for producers and project managers as well as roles where creativity and technology collide like coding for VFX, game cinematics, motion graphics and mixed reality (XR).

 

In fact, the UK Creative Industries are struggling with a massive skills gap.  By 2022 we need to fill 1.2 million jobs in dynamic global businesses.  Many of these jobs could give you an exciting new opportunity and a fulfilling career. With a little targeted training you could find yourself working on blockbusting feature films, the next gaming sensation or hit TV dramas, like Game of Thrones or Stranger Things.

 

LightForge Academy is a new, dedicated learning environment for those in search of a career in the creative industries.  We are industry focused and led and our ambition is to work closely with you and help you to find jobs in your chosen sector. Whether you follow our course as part of a university degree, or in your own time as a working individual, our hands-on training gives you a framework to follow and practical, real world knowledge.  Our courses respond directly to industry skills requirements and bridge the gap between academic learning and working life by nurturing individuals and mentoring them in how to manage their career paths, from first steps to dream jobs.

Career Path

At LightForge Academy, industry professionals deliver vocational, relevant in-depth training both online and in person.  We foster an immersive, nurturing and engaged environment where we challenge you to make the most of your talents whether they lie in business or craft, or both.  Along the way, you will learn essential soft skills and plan a fulfilling career path that might take you to places you don’t expect.  You will forge real industry links by learning from and networking with people at the forefront of these exciting industries.

Location

LightForge Academy is 5 minutes walk from Doncaster station, 90 minutes by train from London Kings X and easily accessible via excellent travel connections to Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and beyond.

The Academy itself is an inspiring space designed with creative learning in mind.  Our technical infrastructure mirrors a viable studio environment, which enables our students to understand and get the best out of the tools, systems and processes that become the foundation of their future careers. 

If you don’t live in the region or are studying elsewhere why not follow a course online.  Our learning management system gives you access to courses that comprise a series of modules each opening up as you complete the stage before.  Tests and quizzes keep you in check and allow you to move on the next step at your own pace.  No one completes a LightForge course without learning life skills. We include training modules that teach you about life in the real world and focus on the important business issues of the day e.g. diversity and Inclusion or soft skills training that teaches you how to present yourself and behave in a creative yet professional setting.

Career Path

At LightForge Academy, industry professionals deliver vocational, relevant in-depth training both online and in person.  We foster an immersive, nurturing and engaged environment where we challenge you to make the most of your talents whether they lie in business or craft, or both.  Along the way, you will learn essential soft skills and plan a fulfilling career path that might take you to places you don’t expect.  You will forge real industry links by learning from and networking with people at the forefront of these exciting industries.

Location

LightForge Academy is 5 minutes walk from Doncaster station, 90 minutes by train from London Kings X and easily accessible via excellent travel connections to Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and beyond.

The Academy itself is an inspiring space designed with creative learning in mind.  Our technical infrastructure mirrors a viable studio environment, which enables our students to understand and get the best out of the tools, systems and processes that become the foundation of their future careers. 

If you don’t live in the region or are studying elsewhere why not follow a course online.  Our learning management system gives you access to courses that comprise a series of modules each opening up as you complete the stage before.  Tests and quizzes keep you in check and allow you to move on the next step at your own pace.  No one completes a LightForge course without learning life skills. We include training modules that teach you about life in the real world and focus on the important business issues of the day e.g. diversity and Inclusion or soft skills training that teaches you how to present yourself and behave in a creative yet professional setting.

Environment

LightForge Academy is an inspiring space designed with creative learning in mind.  Our technical infrastructure mirrors a viable studio environment which enables our students to understand and get the best out of the tools, systems and processes that become the foundation of their future careers. 

WHAT WE OFFER YOU?

From production accounting, to python coding through the many other key disciplines within the Film, TV and Games industries, we have developed vocational courses that build on what you know.  Our courses enhance your technical knowledge and teach you essential soft skills to help you secure that all-important job. All of this will give you the insight you need to choose your most fulfilling career path within this exciting, dynamic and growing sector.

COURSES

At LightForge Academy we want to help you to understand where your strengths lie, and guide you towards the career best suited to you.  We have developed a series of courses that challenge you to develop your business acumen or hone your technical craft, as well as teaching you the all-important soft skills required to help you advance your career as part of a wider team.  We are serious about giving you your first steps into the industry, and work closely with industry practioners to keep up to date on skills requirements to ensure our courses reflect their needs, or to quickly develop new courses to meet the ever-changing creative media landscape.

  • Production Accounting

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Focus your accounting knowledge on Film & TV
    • Taught by industry professionals
    • Supported by Mammoth Screen
    • Supported by Studio Lambert
    • Learn online
    • Watch Course Trailer
  • Motion Graphics Artist

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Intro Cinema4D
    • Intro  After Effects
    • The Motion Graphics process
    • Animation & Rendering
    • Lighting & Texturing
    • Watch Course Trailer
  • Junior Python Coder

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Fundamentals of Python
    • Etiquette & Conventions
    • Practical principles
    • Working with other Software
    • Control & deployment
  • Games QA Tester

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Learn bug finding
    • Reporting & fixing
    • Professional Industry tutors
    • Soft skills and how to work in a team
    • 9 week intensive course
    • May 2020, Doncaster
  • Register your interest

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    • VR
    • 3D
    • Artist – Houdini and Maya
    • 2D Artist – Nuke
    • Unreal Engine
  • Advanced Python for VFX

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Course running in central Doncaster location
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • UI design
    • The Operating System
    • Understanding of key APIs
    • 23rd March, Doncaster
  • VR for Artists

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    • Introduction to Creative XR
    • Learn to create with immersive tools.
    • Creating a concept artwork
    • Create a concept a pitch
    • Creating designs for use in AR
    • 5 x 3 hrs, London / Doncaster
  • Using VR to win business

    • ***BOOKING NOW***
    • Introduction to Creative XR
    • Use it to win clients
    • Communicate ideas using VR
    • Exporting VR scenes
    • Future Applications
    • 5 x 3 hrs London / Doncaster

OUR CURRENT TUTORS

Your course will be led by inspirational Industry professionals.   Depending on the content, you may be learning online with a rotating group of experts or physically, in a room, with one dedicated leader.  Our wide network of experts all complement learning from existing university courses by drawing on their own direct success and experience in today’s dynamic creative media industries. 

 

Our online business courses are structured to cover everything you need to know about a subject.   Successful individuals teach you their particular speciality in a bite-size, online presentation or module.  These modules then fit together to form the online elements of your course.

 

Our creative courses require specific equipment and team learning and will – in the main – be completed in person with a tutor.

 

In order to ensure our experts stay up to date with developments in creative technology and production processes, the tutor line-up changes depending on their creative aspirations and production schedules, which ensures you’re hearing the most up-to-date perspective on industry trends and requirements.

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INDUSTRY ADVISORS

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Mark Cass

Lee Danskin

Jenny Cooper

Nick Smith

John Stopforth

INDUSTRY PARTNERS