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Free event coming up soon at the Unity Centre of Excellence at HOST


Attend this free one day event to experience virtual reality first-hand on the 16th of September 

Head to the Unity Centre of Excellence at HOST on Thursday the 16th of September to enjoy a full hour of a total immersive experience like no other.


The Immersive Arcade Event

The Immersive Arcade Event, produced by Digital Catapult and commissioned by UKRI, will give you a unique opportunity to experience the best examples of virtual reality (VR) and 360 experiences created in the UK between 2000 and 2020.


You will need to pre-book a ticket with your preferred time slot to help us ensure we can keep everyone safe. You must be over 19 years old to attend this event.


HOST has partnered with Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, to establish the first Unity Centre of Excellence in the UK.

The Centre of Excellence at HOST offers extensive in-person support to students, professionals and small businesses with a mission of becoming the ‘Beacon of the North’ for best-in-class technical skills and innovation across industries.

This Centre of Excellence promises to upskill learners to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, promote interactive and immersive technology usage across sectors, create highly skilled jobs and establish a central home for the thriving UK video games industry at MediaCityUK.

It connects innovators with the creativity, imagination and expertise of Unity, providing unique and invaluable access to Unity’s technical leads, creatives and support networks.

Establishing Unity’s UK Centre of Excellence at HOST brings a fantastic blend of high demand skills generation, cutting edge innovation and unparalleled business support, ensuring that MediaCity is the only place to be if you’re in the real-time development space.

Simon Benson, Director of immersive technology at HOST

The first UK Unity Centre of Excellence

The Unity Centre of Excellence Professional Programmer Academy is dedicated to creating highly employable Unity Programmers that are ready to flourish into a new career or exceed their performance in their current role.

Careers in technology are competitive but gaining the internationally recognised Unity Professional Programmer Certification will demonstrate your technical skillset and applied knowledge to future employers, while also positioning you above potential competitors.

The Unity Centre of Excellence Academy hosts the only 12-week remote learning course in the UK that offers unrivalled Unity certification training from Unity Instructors. 

Become a Unity Certified Professional Programmer

During this course, learners will be equipped with all the necessary skills to sit the internationally recognised Unity Certified Professional Programmer exam.

This exam tests the core skills needed to contribute to the technical execution of a project from conception through to launch, and beyond.

The programme includes real-life industry projects with leading partners from advanced manufacturing, architectural engineering, health and creative media.

Learners will also receive personal mentoring and dedicated career support, alongside employability workshops and CV assessments, with a commitment to a guaranteed job interview once they have successfully qualified from the course.

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