You bring the dream and effort. We provide the training, coaching and job interview - completely free.

This Skills Bootcamp offers diverse developers and artists the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to a promotion, job interview or apprenticeship with a games, film, VR or architecture studio.

Improve your programming and game engine skills. Build better prototypes. Connect with employers. Support you while you interview and negotiate salaries. Mastered will help you all the way.

2,000+

current jobs openings in the UK

£32K

average starting salary*

66%

growth in the industry since 2019

*Glassdoor 2023

Free 16-week skills training

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving you the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview.

Get an interview. Not just do a course.

The goal of most schools are to get you to complete a course. The goal of this Skills Bootcamp is to teach, mentor, and coach you until you get an interview. We will help you identify the roles and games studios that are right for you and personalise your training to your career.

No need to job search alone

It's easy to access learning content online. Our mentors will help you with the hard part - structure, feedback, accountability, motivation, and focus. With 1-2-1  mentoring and coaching calls, plus interviewing support, we put a whole team around you as you work to get the job you want. 

Train in the skills industry needs

Our pathways are designed after a rigorous analysis of the jobs market and in partnership with employers. Using our Skills Scorecards you will be set work that helps you learn and hone the necessary skills required for your dream job.

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Your path to well-paid jobs in the creative industry

Mastering real-time engines is your passport to a new industry or up-skilling in your current job. Whether you want to work in film, TV, games or VR; on set for major motion pictures or building virtual worlds, there are incredible job opportunities in the UK right now for real-time 3D talent.

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CHARACTER ARTIST

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3D MODELLER

 

This Skills Bootcamp is for anyone who has a dream to work in a passion industry - but has been locked out because of money, no connections, no support, or simply life commitments. Self-paced, with a mentor, online - now the only thing that matters is your talent and commitment.

Perri Lewis
Co-founder and CEO, Mastered

Your journey ahead

The Skills Bootcamp is designed to mirror the real workplace with projects, 1-2-1 feedback, and working with actual production workflows and tools.  Learning is important, but getting you the job is the main goal.

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You will be matched with a technical mentor based on the job you are aiming for. Using your personalised Skills Scorecards, you will discuss your current competencies and where you need to be at the end of 16 weeks. From this, you will be set work that helps you learn and hone the necessary skills.

You will attend group workshops every other week, tackling topics such as communicating your ideas, giving feedback to others, understanding your values, communicating your unique selling point and building your network. You will complete a Clifton Strengths analysis to understand the strengths you can offer employers.

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Every four weeks we take a day to come together and work in a live production environment. Create work, make decisions rapidly, meet fellow creators and get feedback on what you have achieved – plus, learn how to balance the emotions that come with creating work you love to deadline. 

If required, you'll work with our mindset coaches to improve your confidence, lift your ambitions, overcome barriers and find your purpose.

During your 16 weeks, you will work with your mentor and career coach to build real-world projects and improve your profile to get noticed by recruiters.

Find your first job with support to write your CV and LinkedIn, prepare your portfolio, get ready for interviews, and everything else that comes with a job search.

As part of Skills Bootcamps, we organise an interview for you with one of our partners. You’ll take everything you’ve learnt and present your best self to a potential employer.

Get ready for your new future in games.

Built with industry, for industry

This Skills Bootcamp has been designed specifically to ensure you get the job or the promotion you're looking for. Everything is aligned around the real jobs that the industry needs filling. 

Detailed job market analysis

Our pathways are the result of a rigorous analysis of job demand. Current open vacancies, expected salaries, forecast job growth, skill shortages and industry opinion are just some of the factors we study to ensure our bootcamps match the real industry demand.

Curriculum designed for jobs

We have developed a Skills Scorecard after consulting extensively with hiring managers, recruiters and senior industry leads to ensure we focus on the skills and capabilities the industry needs. We constantly adapt and tailor the materials to fit the job and career that is your goal.

Created like a studio, not a school

Small groups, project-based learning, agile working, industry communication tools, the bootcamp is designed to replicate a real studio, so you can hit the ground running when you start your new career.

Hiring partners

We work with Games studios, VFX studios, and VR/XR studios to place our talent in jobs. Large or boutique, London-based or nationwide, in-person or remote working, we help you find the right fit for you.

Where our graduates are placed

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Meet the team who will be in your corner until the first day in your new career.

You will have 1-to-1 and group video calls, live online classes, personal feedback, technical help and emotional support from a team of people invested in your success. 

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Technical Mentor

I’ll assess your skill level, understand your career goals, then build a pathway for you to get you job-ready from a technical perspective. I’ll set you tasks to build your skills, give you feedback on how well you’ve executed the task and support you to build a project for your portfolio.

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Success Manager

I’m here from day one of your bootcamp, to day one of your first job. I’ll make sure you are getting the most from the bootcamp at every stage, whether it be setting up your personalised schedule to sharing articles and events you might love.

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Career Coach

I will make sure that when the time comes to apply for a job, you will be a standout candidate. Whether preparing for interviews, helping you negotiate, or keeping you motivated, I will be at your side throughout the whole experience.

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Interview Coach

I’m here to help you present your best self at interviews. I will work with you on tackling topics such as building your confidence, communicating your ideas and any other challenges that you have faced before.

Over 5,000 creators from 95 different countries

We're proud of all the creative professionals, from every walk of life, who have been through one of our career accelerators since 2015. With our new Skills Bootcamp, we want to continue this commitment to finding diverse voices and original talent who've been shut out for too long. Outsiders, misfits and changemakers need apply.

Alessandro Manghi
Alessandro Manghi
Unreal Engine Artist
Bruno Wilkinson
Bruno Wilkinson
Game Programmer
Kimberly Gyambibi
Kimberly Gyambibi
3D Visualizer
Ismail Aljanabi
Ismail Aljanabi
3D Technical Artist
Loretta Lok
Loretta Lok
Game Developer
Krisztian Bajko
Games programmer
Oskar Korbut
Oskar Korbut
Design Coordinator
Tara Cannon-Young
Tara Cannon-Young
Environment Designer
Srinath Upadhyayula
Srinath Upadhyayula
Software Engineer
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Zilla Meetun
Unreal Engine Developer
Yacob Reyneke
Yacob Reyneke
C++ Programmer
Mattia Grigolato
Mattia Grigolato
Unreal Generalist

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for a completely-free bootcamp place, you must: 

  • Be born before 31st August 2004
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Live in England 
  • Have coding or 3D software experience
  • Demonstrate a passion for games
  • Want to change jobs within six months
  • Be able to dedicate 15 hours/week

Government funding is available across different regions in England, with some counties having more free places than others. If you are not in an area where funding is available, our admissions team will guide you through different payment options, including where you pay nothing upfront and pay out of future earnings.

 

The Skills Bootcamp includes all of the following - 

  • Course materials
  • Private Slack group
  • Dedicated success manager
  • 1-2-1 support
  • Job search support
  • Creator challenges
  • Calls with personal mentor
  • Interview coaching
  • Live industry talks

Monthly start dates

You can apply to join the bootcamp through the form below and one of our admissions team will set up a call to find out more about your goals and assess whether this is going to be a good fit for you. Please note, we are selective and there are very limited fully-funded places. We are looking for special talent so please give the questions below proper thought. 

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