About the workshop

This intensive 4 day workshop on November 22-25th 2018 in Amsterdam is designed for visual artists to start creating interactive and generative visuals using the Unity 3D Game Engine. Taught by experienced VJ and media artist Fader, in this intimate hands-on workshop you will learn to create real-time visual environments on your computer. At the completion you will have a good understanding of the Unity workflow including scene building and basic knowledge of C# programming. This workshop series is limited to only 12 seats, to make sure everyone gets personal 1-on-1 quality interaction and coaching.

Joining the workshop

It’s easy. Pick your ticket option, do the Paypal payment, and you’re in! We’ll contact you directly afterwards by email (the one that goes with your own Paypal account), and send you any details you need, and answer further questions.

Ticket options:

(not a Paypal user? Please mail us for other payment options (5% transaction costs))

More info

Unity 3D is one of most popular game engines (developer tool) available in the market today. It has a free license model where you can compile your application for VR, mobile, and desktop platforms. With large active user community, it makes Unity a very good choice for none programmers and artists to experiment and start using it as their creative development tool.


  • Q-Factory Amsterdam
  • Atlantisplein 1 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Find it on Google maps

Nov. 22 Thursday: 11am – 5pm
Nov. 23 Friday: 11am – 5pm
Nov. 24 Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Nov. 25 Sunday: 11am – 5pm





  • Early bird tickets [limit 4]: €400 if purchase before Nov. 5th 2018
  • Veejays.com members: €400
  • Student ticket [with current ID or registration]: €350

NOTE: the final amounts will include and additional 21% VAT, that is refundable if you own a business in the EU.

VjAcademy Amsterdam:


Programming experience is NOT required. However, previous Processing, Openframeworks, Quartzcomposer or other coding experience is a plus. Please bring with you the following to the workshop:

Program Outline

Day 1 : 

  • Benefits of a game engine
  • Unity versus other game engines (Unreal)
  •  Online resources
  • Unity Asset Store
  • Understanding the Unity software UI
  • Importing assets from the Web and Asset store
  • Constructing a scene with available assets
  • Managing your project
  • 3D objects, environments, material, lights, terrain…
  • Introducing Skybox
  • Post Processing Effects

Day 2

  • Sample projects created in Unity
  • In class exercise
  • Scripting environments (Monoscript/Visual Studio)
  • Code VS. No Code
  • Learn simple programming in C#
  • Camera control
  • Keyboard and mouse input
  • Moving 3D objects
  • Unity Dynamics

Day 3

  • In class exercise
  • For Loop and If functions
  • Import/Export a package
  • Creating PreFabs
  • Cloning 3D objects
  • Scene optimization
  • Audio analysis through Mic input

Day 4

  • In class exercise
  • Collision detection
  • Instantiating objects
  • Switch between multiple scenes
  • Connecting a MIDI controller
  • Compiling your Unity desktop application
  • Animating using Unity Timeline
  • Conclusion

VjAcademy, located in Amsterdam, is the first dedicated postgraduate school for live video performers and video artists, aka VJs. The school involves renowed guest lecturers like Angelo, Eboman and the late legendary Peter Rubin, and partners like Resolume, Roland and Pioneer. The main programme is only accessible by winning a biannual competition. VjAcademy also organizes custom courses thought, for both beginners and professionals (like this course). Graduates of VjAcademy perform are amongst the most successful VJs and perform all over the world.


Fader (James Cui) is a talented multi-media artist and VJ specializing in Stage Design, software development and Video Mapping. Over the past decade, Fader has contributed to many big festivals such as Coachella, Burning Man, Insomniac, Fuji Rock, Mapping Festival, Backwoods and Intro Music Festival.

At the moment, while busy with the role of CEO, he continues to freelance as a VJ and stage designer to share with people his passion for audiovisual. Additionally, he’s been teaching video mapping, Processing and Unity 3D to like-minded artists. Fader succesfully brought this Unity course to London, Berlin and Cape Town before.



Keywords: Processing, Touch Designer, open frameworks, Quartz Composer, VJ, Interactive media, Multimedia, Installation, mobile apps, VR, audio visual arts. digital art