17.01.22 Unreal Engine – Blueprints

Immersive Technologies skillnet Computer Screen with Animation

Facilitator: Escape Studios – Jurian Van Váli.

Dates: Starts January 17th 2022

Duration: 10 weeks (3 hours of video content and 9 hours of self-study and practice per week)

Venue: Online Part Time (Distance Learning)

Cost to Immersive Technologies Skillnet Members: €450 pp (£895 via Escape Studios)

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Registration & Payment Deadline: January 15th 2021

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Unreal Engine is a game engine developed by Epic Games (creators of Fortnite). The real-time 3D platform enables users to create advanced, top quality content and impressive interactive experiences.

One of Unreal Engine’s core strengths is the visual scripting API called Blueprints. It can be leveraged to create tools, small gameplay interactions or even entire games! This course is designed to give you a strong foundation in visual scripting within Unreal Engine. The course will teach you the fundamentals of programming within a node network and challenge you to think creatively on how to leverage the visual scripting API.

Sneak peek – have a taste for they Escape teach Blueprints at Escape Studios with this tutorial by their tutor for the course, Unreal Engine Authorized Instructor and Technical Artist at Framestore, Juriaan van Váli.

Entry requirements: Aged 18 or over with a good understanding of written and spoken English and knowledge of Unreal Engine fundamentals.
On this occasion, the Fundamentals course will not commence until February. If you need to participate in the Fundamentals workshop first, Register here.

The Blueprints course will be available later in the year.


  • Introduction
  • Setting up your project
  • Under the Hood
  • Intro to Blueprints
  • Variables and logic flow
  • Triggers and debugging
  • Triggering lights
  • Timelines
  • Animations
  • Assignment

By the end of this module, you should feel comfortable using the Unreal Engine 4’s Blueprint interface.

​You will also understand the basics of visual scripting, how it works under the hood and leverage some basic techniques.


  • Introduction
  • Flow control
  • Customisation
  • Loops and arrays
  • Functions and macros
  • Inheritance
  • Custom events
  • Blueprint Communication
  • Spawning Blueprints
  • Assignment

By the end of this module, you should feel comfortable using some of the core techniques in object-oriented programming. You will have seen how to make your Blueprints adjustable within the engine and have a broader knowledge to produce more complex content. ​


  • Introduction
  • Material communication
  • Line traces: functionality
  • Line traces: practical
  • Timer by function name
  • Creating splines
  • Splines continued
  • Distributing actors over spline
  • Assignment

By the end of this module, you will have knowledge of some core techniques used within Blueprints in Unreal Engine. These techniques are often used for quick set-dressing and more complex interactions. Combined with the previous weeks you will have a broad knowledge to tackle some basic blueprint tools and gameplay interactions.


You will combine all the knowledge you have learned through previous projects over the past weeks in one final project. It will challenge you to think creatively and problem solve.


This will be a live Q&A session, where you can ask questions about your next steps. You will simply need to submit your questions at the beginning of the week and your tutor will answer them in the live session.

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  • This course is based on independent learning and will take ten weeks (3-4 hours of video content and 9 hours of self-study and practice per week) to complete.
  • The course consists of engaging video demonstrations and there will be no slides.
  • The tutor will evaluate your work with a practical assessment. This involves submitting your projects, questions, strengths and challenges each week to your tutor to be assessed. This encourages a dialogue between you and your tutor and helps for you to receive more structured feedback.
  • You will receive an asynchronous video feedback each week, which may also include annotations of the video, to ensure you understand the comments.
  • On the Smashcut platform, you will have access to discussion forums where you can speak to a studio assistant or other students on the course.

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  • Check out Unreal Engine’s website for software and hardware requirements on using and running Unreal Engine on your personal computer.
  • This course requires you to have Unreal Engine 4.26 installed on your computer and a knowledge of the Fundamentals of Unreal Engine.
  • The course will be hosted on Smashcut. In order for the platform to work properly, you must use the Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.
  • It is recommended to have some basic understanding of Unreal Engine before starting this course.
  • To get the most out of the course you’ll need a webcam and microphone. If you have a dual Monitor Set up – even better!

Immersive Technologies Skillnet Trainer PhotoJuriaan is currently a Technical Artist at Framestore in the Immersive department working on a wide range of projects from high end to mobile. Recently he has also become an Unreal Engine Authorized instructor.

Juriaan has 5 years of industry experience, of which 2.5 years as a tutor. His previous experience is as a Tutor at Escape Studios for their Undergraduate Game Art course. For this course, he built a VR Toolkit that was used in student projects during their VR Module. He also has experience in freelance architectural visualisation work.
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IMPORTANT: Places are open to Irish based Enterprise, SMEs and sole traders only. Companies and sole traders outside the ROI do not qualify for the Immersive Technologies Skillnet subsidised workshop.

There is a 7 day cancellation policy in place. Fees cannot be refunded if places are cancelled inside of the 7 day period prior to the commencement date (but can be transferred to another participant up to 24hrs in advance of commencement date).

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  • Unreal Engine - Blueprints
    17th January 2022 - 25th March 2022
    8:00 am - 8:00 pm