Course: Crash Course – Learn Unity

Welcome to the Unity Crash Course

The Crash Course is all about getting you up to speed quickly. The goal is to give you a solid and basic foundation on what Unity is and how it works, providing you with the “big picture” or the full overview of working in Unity. Instead of walking you through hours of step-by-step tutorials, the Crash Course will quickly take you through the entire Unity workflow. By not focusing on granular steps, you’ll quickly get a broader understanding of Unity and thus have a solid foundation of knowledge that you can continue to build upon through other tutorials.

What do I need?

You need a copy of Unity and a few hours to spare. The course uses Unity Pro 4 to cover a wide-range, however, you can also follow along with the free version of Unity as well. You won’t miss anything using the free version. You can download a free copy of Unity from their site. The Crash Course uses the free “Angry Bots” demo project to illustrate concepts. The “Angry Bots” project comes with Unity, so you’ll have everything you need to get started.


Break Out Sessions

Once you’ve checked out the Crash Course and are ready to move forward, we will be offering break out sessions to go more in-depth on topics covered throughout the Crash Course. The break outs will take a closer look at topics such as particles, dynamics, animation and mecanim. The break outs will require a Citizen membership and will be ongoing with new content.

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29 Responses to “Crash Course – Learn Unity”
  1. Posts: 6
    Gary Parkin says:

    Just found this. Thanks so much for making this, Wes. just what I need to get me into Unity. It looks like a fun way to use all my Blender and gaming skills.

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    Gary Parkin says:

    I love this. It was awesome Wes. Thanks so much.
    I’m looking for more of your tuts.

  3. Posts: 1
    Larry says:

    Wow,just noticed the modo master is here,any chance of you making tutorials for modo cookie?

    • Posts: 81

      Thanks Larry!

      I’m not sure. I don’t have any plans at this time, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

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    ascalon says:

    Realy realy good introduction into Unity !! I like it very much and you explain it very good ! Keep up the good work !

  5. Posts: 2
    ascalon says:

    where can i find the video “1.4 Game View and Console ” ? There seems to be something wrong, it is playing the chapter 4 about publishing

    • Posts: 1
      A F says:

      That is in 2.4, 1.4 is wrongly named here but the video is correct, it should read “Publishing games and Licensing” !

  6. Posts: 1
    alfie mehson says:

    It’s courses like this that really make me feel I need a citizen membership for cgcookie, thanks guys.

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    Your videos look great and im really interested in learning unity. I just wanted to know, for scripting, will we need to have previous knowledge of C#? or will you teach what we need from it?

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      also, in case I do need to learn it on my own, would you suggest any particular book? Thanks

      • Posts: 81

        In Unity, you can use Javascript or C#. I think it’s worth learning C# as in the end, it’s more powerful. I don’t know of any particular books at this time, but there is a Unity C# book being published.

    • Posts: 81

      Hi Yasin,

      I don’t go into scripting a great deal in the crash course. There are other courses on Unity Cookie that discuss the coding aspects. For the crash course, I talk about how scripting in Unity works so you’ll get an idea of the system instead of bogging down with lots of code.



  8. Posts: 1

    Love the crash course, extremely easy to follow, great intro to the fundamentals of unity. Do you think you will ever make a crash course on C# character controllers? Or how to script an animation on to a game character within unity? Thanks.

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    Great crash course. I wonder, after seeing this series, is there a book that you recommend to get further into the subjects?


  10. Posts: 1
    franbear says:

    You made the daunting task of going from UDK to Unity a lot easier than my professor made it, and for that I thank you.

  11. Posts: 2
    wereyoue says:

    I want to program different games, but I have a hard time choosing whether to start learning Unity or start learning C#. Any advice?

    • Posts: 9

      Wereyoue, creating your own engine from scratch at this point is not worth it outside of the big studios. UE4 and Unity are both wonderful middleware engines. Learn Unity, learn C# while you are learning it. If it isn’t doing what you want it to do, download UE4 and mess with it. I suspect you will return to Unity though as UE4 isn’t ready for small studios yet. Check back in a year on it when it has a stronger community and documentation behind it.

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    zm11 says:

    It says “Error 404 not found”

    • Posts: 9
      richard w says:

      Hi zm11,

      I’m not getting any 404 error over here. Could you refresh the page and try again, please? Just in case it was a temporary thing.

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    trollshadow says:

    Just watched all except last two videos. I really like this course.

    What is a logical step after this crashh course?

    • Posts: 105
      Jonathan Gonzalez says:

      This is an older version of the Unity basics that used Unity 4.0+ I believe. I’m not entirely sure if it’ll work fine with Unity 3. I highly recommend getting Unity 5 though as it has everything the previous versions of Unity Pro had and the newest Unity Basics course (along with all new tutorials) utilize Unity 5 now.

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