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Many different people can find the value in taking summer courses. These courses can help individuals gain basic knowledge in a subject or expand their understanding of certain concepts. Summer courses typically impart the same amount of core knowledge that courses offered during the regular school year provide, but they do it in less time.

What is a summer course in design studies? It is a program that was created to give individuals background knowledge required to complete a design degree or certification program. In these courses, participants learn the basics of design that are applicable to disciplines ranging from graphic design to fashion. Each comes with its own set of criteria and offerings, and upon completion students are prepared with a proper foundation to dig deeper into the design specialty of their choice.

This summer course provides a foundation that allows students to focus on sharpening their skills when they get into more advanced coursework, rather than having to learn the concepts as they go. This can help them to advance more quickly in their studies.

There are a few different factors that must be considered when establishing the price for this program. The location of the school, average cost of attendance and whether students study in person or online are all different factors that contribute to the price. As such, it can vary from person to person.

The summer course in design prepares students to pursue degrees and certifications in a variety of fields. Each concentration provides a path into a particular career. For example, a graphic design program can prepare individuals for careers in the IT field or business and marketing, while a fashion design program could help students in the arts and fashion. The foundational skills developed through this education have no limits as far as their possible applications.

A summer course in design can be very beneficial to your pursuit of a career in design, no matter what avenue you choose. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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European Cultural Academy

You love art, architecture and urban design. You want to connect with people that move creative ideas forward right now. Come for one, two or three weeks to enjoy Venice ... [+]

NEXT COURSE: VENICE BIENNALE REVEALED - BEHIND THE SCENE EXPERIENCE

Dates: May 7-12, August 5-10 or November 18-23, 2019

Classes:

The course connects you with experts of the art market and allows you to experience the reality behind the Venice Biennale and its parallel events.

You will discover the exhibition in conversations with artists, curators, gallerists and, of course, the Biennale team. It is a structured and inspiring experience.

The May programme takes place during the Opening week. The November programme is scheduled during the final week, making it a special experience at the Biennale. Next to the sessions we will visit the Biennale at Giardini and Arsenale, Personal Structures exhibition and the Peggy Guggenheim collection.... [-]

Italy Venice
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 2 weeks
Campus
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

We live in an amazing time where digital technology is beginning to take many different physical forms, with a rise in new interactions and sensorial experiences. Virtual ... [+]

What are Interactive Spaces?

We live in an amazing time where digital technology is beginning to take many different physical forms, with a rise in new interactions and sensorial experiences. Virtual and mixed reality offers a new take on these questions by letting us embed digital objects with properties from the physical world such as location, scale, and persistence in the world. How do these technologies work to create and augment environments?

What will you learn? using your hands – learning to make physical prototypes of all scales, starting at the analog level, and working up to integrating digital components analog and digital tools to create interactive experiences prototyping skills and an understanding of how and when to use each technique basic methodology to create an experience through user journeys, research, prototyping, user testing, body/brainstorming, workshopping, etc practical idea generation and critical thinking methods how to create and use physical affordances, and how to design for action a vocabulary for virtual and mixed reality interaction design an ability to find and expand insights related to interactive environments prototyping communication skills – learning how to create and use prototypes, and when (fidelity vs. content, contextual use) ... [-]
Costa Rica San José
August 2019
5 days
Campus
Kedge Business School

Our Summer Program at the KEDGE Design School in Toulon offers international students the chance to study Design Thinking and Managing Creativity at the gateway to the Fr ... [+]

About Toulon

Toulon, 1 hour’s drive east from neighboring Marseille, is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and a gateway to the famous French Riviera, less than one hour from celebrated seaside hotspots like Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and Saint Tropez. The capital of the Var department, it is a major French naval base and home of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and her battle group. The city is an important center for naval construction, fishing, winemaking, and the manufacture of aeronautical and electronic equipment.

The location of Kedge’s Design School, Toulon is home to a thriving community of engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs. The annual Toulon-Hyeres International Design Parade brings together creative minds from across the globe to exchange ideas and push the boundaries on conventional thinking and approaches. Join us next summer to see for yourself!... [-]

France Toulon
June 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
RWTH International Academy / RWTH Aachen University

Developing product innovations in a systematic way, is an essential process for every company and business. This Summer School provides insight into the complex processes ... [+]

In this Summer School, students receive an introduction to established and cutting-edge methods and processes of product innovation and development design methodology and product lifecycle management.Theory taught in the lecture will be applied in hands-on workshops featuring the analysis and improvement of a real life product. Students will learn how to carry out market research, identify and evaluate requirements, set up functions and their structures and to derive and vary concepts for product innovations. These concepts will be transferred into a suitable embodiment design using conventional and agile methods including rapid prototyping technologies.

The "Agile Innovation: Product Design meets Engineering" Summer School is conceptualized and conducted by the Institute for Engineering Design (ikt) of the RWTH Aachen University. Within this intense two-week program students not only get insight to established and cutting-edge methods and processes of product innovation and development but also gain relevant experience in hands-on workshops featuring the analysis and improvement of a real life product. Students learn to carry out market research, identify and evaluate requirements, set up functions and their structures and to derive and vary concepts for product innovations. These concepts will be transferred into a suitable embodiment design using conventional and agile methods including rapid prototyping technologies.... [-]

Germany Aachen
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Torino

Italy is a center of excellence and innovation in the field of automotive design. IED Torino is based in the automotive capital of Italy, home to such iconic companies as ... [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Italy is a center of excellence and innovation in the field of automotive design. IED Torino is based in the automotive capital of Italy, home to such iconic companies as Fiat, Lancia, Pininfarina and Alfa Romeo. Within such a context IED offers this summer program that introduces the fundamental elements and tools necessary to become a future car designer. The course provides students with an overview of contemporary trends and industrial challenges and focuses on car designer’s professional role.

The program will will furthermore give students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and intellectual abilities to design new vehicles based on a clear understanding of proportion, volume and surface design principles.... [-]

Italy Turin
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
SupBiotech Paris

Sup'Biotech is a private engineering school located in the Paris metropolitan area, that is specialized in various emerging biotechnology-related fields. Sup'Biotech is p ... [+]

Introduction

Sup'Biotech is a private engineering school located in the Paris metropolitan area, that is specialized in various emerging biotechnology-related fields. Sup'Biotech is part of the IONIS Institute of Technology cluster.

It is one of the top biotech schools in France and is part of IONIS, France’s leading higher private education group. Its students go on into top positions in an array of industries including the health, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries, green industries, and agribusiness.

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Presentation

Sup’Biotech’s unique curriculum combines science and engineering coursework with management skills and industry-specific technical knowledge, preparing students for dynamic careers in research, management, and communication roles. Our graduates possess not only the expertise needed in STEM-based careers but the interpersonal and management skills to effectively deliver their message.... [-]

France Villejuif
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Florence

The course in Graphic Design and Portfolio offers students the possibility to challenge themselves with a creative program that combines traditional lectures and project ... [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The course in Graphic Design and Portfolio offers students the possibility to challenge themselves with a creative program that combines traditional lectures and project work to approach the basic tools and techniques of graphic and visual design.

Through lectures, case studies, labs and site visits, students will enhance their theoretical knowledge and technical skills, in order to complete a creative portfolio, developed during the program.

Schedule: This course meets from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis (morning and afternoon) the course has a duration of 75 hours spread over 3 weeks.

Target

This is an introductory course and no previous studies within the field are required. However, we suggest students familiarize themselves with the major themes that will be presented.... [-]

Italy Florence
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
SCI-Arc

Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school students to design and architecture. It is intended to inspire curiosity ... [+]

Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school students to design and architecture. It is intended to inspire curiosity about the world of design, introduce basic design knowledge and critical thinking skills, and familiarize students with the expansive architecture and design culture of Los Angeles. Students get to know the city’s visual, structural, and cultural context through the lens of those most deeply engaged with shaping the cityscape: prominent architects who call Los Angeles their home. Students and teachers enjoy collegial interactions in the studio, in the field on day trips, and in one-on-one mentoring. Students also have private tours of museums, design firms, and galleries. By the end of the course they will have a clear idea of what college-level architectural study is like. Students are exposed to examples of design and modes of production at all scales, from sophisticated 3D modeling techniques to hand-modeling. In the classroom and in the city they explore ways of seeing, thinking, and doing that are essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in architecture or design. Students learn about a range of basic skills essential to exploring, discovering, and describing design work: freehand sketching, mechanical drafting, computer drawing, physical model making, and computer-based 3D modeling, as well as processes that enable fluid movement between the physical and the virtual realms.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
June 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan

The course introduces the Italian design industry and current trends in interior design to enable students to develop the skills necessary to produce layouts for high-lev ... [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The course introduces the Italian design industry and current trends in interior design to enable students to develop the skills necessary to produce layouts for high-level showrooms and shops with an essential expressive value.

Target - The course is designed for qualified applicants, such as students who are attending the final years of University studies in Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design, or newly graduated, and young professionals interested in enriching their personal knowledge and understanding of the field. Applicants need to have mastered representation technique skills such as drawing, sketching and rendering visual communication skills such as computer graphics and rendering, as well as model making and verbal communication skills. Applicants need to show strong motivation and the ability to work in groups.... [-]

Italy Milan
July 2020
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
University of Pisa Summer & Winter Schools

The contribution of computational methodologies to drug discovery is no longer a matter of dispute and the major world’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies use co ... [+]

About

The contribution of computational methodologies to drug discovery is no longer a matter of dispute and the major world’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies use computational design tools. Computer-aided drug design comprises computational methods and resources that are used to facilitate the design and discovery of new therapeutic solutions. This summer school will cover all the main computational techniques used in drug discovery, supplying a basic level of knowledge of this research field.

Aim

This course will be divided into theoretical and practical lessons and will allow the participants to independently develop their own computational studies.... [-]

Italy Lucca
July 2019
Full-time
6 days
Campus
The Florence Institute of Design International

The four-week course is an intensive introduction held in Florence for those interested in starting their studies of graphic design. The graphic design process, theory, a ... [+]

Overview

The four-week course is an intensive introduction held in Florence for those interested in starting their studies of graphic design. The graphic design process, theory, and application are covered. It is also a great opportunity for working professionals in the fields of marketing and advertising to expand their knowledge and skills of visual design. The course is a great tool for those interested in graphic design to get a feel for the profession.

Faculty

The faculty is made up of both locally Italian and international professors who all speak and teach in English. Additionally, the professors are all professionals working in their field. This is to ensure that the faculty is aware of what is happening in their field so that they do not give their students outdated information. The school’s intimate class sizes allow for each student to receive a premium individualized education.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona

The fast-paced Summer-course is designed for professionals and executives from all industries who want to immerse in the practice of service design. To address internatio ... [+]

Every day we are active users of different kinds of services from the very second we wake up to the second we fall asleep: when we go to the office, to school, to the supermarket or even to a hospital. Very often, we have to face the fact that these services have not been designed keeping in mind the user: you!

Service Design is an established and successful innovation methodology that helps generate exciting and meaningful experiences for people, like you.

In the past decades, Innovation and Design were focused mainly on products. Today, in an economy driven by information technology and intangible goods, the service is the product. Being able to create useful and desirable services becomes the fundamental skill for companies and organizations in order to innovate.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
July 2019
Part-time
2 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

In the Advanced Interior Decoration and Styling Summer Course, we focus on key issues which define and characterise various spaces. The dialogue between tangible and inta ... [+]

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH

The Advanced Interior Decoration and Styling Summer Course lasts for three weeks, and takes place in July.

The programme will explore the possibilities of interior design techniques, leading to a better understanding of space and its possibilities for transformation, bringing to life a neutral space and lending it a specific personality, either as a home, store, office, gym, shopping centre, institutional centre, museum, etc. depending on the needs and requirements of each project.

The course is directed by Parolio, a creative director, producer and interior designer.

Course objectives:

To design elements which differentiate and characterise the interior design of a range of spaces.... [-]

Spain Madrid
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
Arts University Bournemouth - Summer Courses

An ideal introduction to British architecture and design, this course is based on the creative processes of ‘thinking and making’ to enhance your understanding of archite ... [+]

About

23rd July – 9th August 2019

A highly practical course which includes a series of study trips to introduce the principles of British Architecture and design.

Course highlights include:

Principles of architectural design Spatial awareness Urban planning Course study trips including Stonehenge, Bath & London Project: Ancient vs Modern Research and sketchbook sessions Responding to an architectural brief Experimental design and large-scale installations Architectural materials, structures and construction Digital Drawing Laser Cutting and CAD software Developing a 3D model

An ideal introduction to British architecture and design, this course is based on the creative processes of ‘thinking and making’ to enhance your understanding of architectural design.... [-]

United Kingdom Bournemouth
July 2019
Part-time
3 weeks
Campus
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

The summer school “3D design and Digital fabrication” was launched in 2014. It is based on a wide experience the teaching staff has acquired from previous international e ... [+]

Program Description

The summer school “3D design and Digital fabrication” was launched in 2014. It is based on a wide experience the teaching staff has acquired from previous international educational programs development and practice.

We welcome students to come to a wonderful city of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the cultural heart of Russia as well as a major trade gateway, financial and industrial center. Studying in Saint-Petersburg is a great experience which will contribute significantly to the student’s future success.

The cultural program includes:

Boat city tour for students to get acquainted with the beauty of the city Excursion to the Hermitage, one... [-]
Russia Saint Petersburg
August 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus