Cohort 01

Breaking into Design

The start of your design journey

Cohort 01 is a 12-week program aimed at developing foundational skills to enter the field of industrial design. Students will acquire the essential skills needed to start sketching, grasp the fundamental concepts of industrial design, understand basic design methodologies, explore a variety of design tools for creation, and gain a profound understanding of the design process. Cohort 01 caters to anyone aspiring to transition into industrial design, regardless of whether they are recent high school graduates or experienced professionals seeking a career change.

Who you are

You’re looking to build a foundational skill set in industrial design.

You’re a high school student entering college or university.

You’re a working professional who wants to move into the field of industrial design.

You want to see what it takes to become an industrial designer before committing yourself to a full-length program.

What you get

A certificate of completion.*

4 studio courses taught by working designers to jump-start your journey to becoming a designer.
One-on-one weekly office hours with your instructors.
12 weeks of 100+ hours of class content.
Work samples that you can include in your portfolio.
A collaborative online studio environment through the Offsite Slack.
A global studio experience with peers from around the world.
Networking, socialization, and relaxation with community game nights, happy hours, and more.

*Completion is contingent upon program results evaluated by educators.

Program schedule

February 2024


Registration requirements:

  • Information about your background
  • A small essay (5 sentence minimum)
  • An understanding of your design skill set.

 This is for non-scholarship applicants only.

Offsite Scholarship

One of Offsite’s core missions is to expand opportunities for prospective BIPOC students. Offsite offers full scholarships to qualified applicants to study and engage in the field of industrial design. While we wish we could offer scholarships to all, please note that these opportunities are limited.

Application requirements:

  • Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color).
  • Information about your aspirations as a student and a designer.
  • If selected, be subject to an online interview.


This program is meant to uplift struggling designers. This program is meant to help designers who demonstrate financial hardship that would prevent them from paying tuition in full. Those without significant hardship who are simply looking for free tuition will not be considered.


When do courses begin?
Courses are set to begin February 2024. 

If I’m only interested in 2-3 courses, do I have to take the rest?
Our Cohorts were developed specifically to interface with one another and have cross-functional projects, so we make it a requirement to enroll in all the provided courses to take full advantage of the content.

What will I get upon completion of this course?
Upon completion of this program, you’ll be given a certificate of completion. This certificate represents your completion of the course under the instruction of working industry leaders, and holds the merit that you’ve understood and mastered all elements of the course content.

Why is this all online?
Offsite wants to offer course content that can be accessible to all at an affordable price. Due to our remote learning situation, we’ve cut out all fees bound to location-based learning. This allows you to live in your day-to-day without breaking the bank while still accessing quality design education.

What time will classes take place?
Classes will be held within US time zones only. Recorded content will be readily available, and instructors will coordinate with students on review sessions.

What materials will I need?
  • Laptop (MacBook or PC)
  • Software (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator)
  • Paper (Copy and Tracing Paper)
  • Markers (Prismacolor)
  • Pens (Flair or Ballpoint)
  • Access to presentation software (Keynote, PowerPoint, or Google Slides)
  • Access to a good internet connection
  • Making sure you don't have audio issues

Have a question?
For additional offsite related inquiries email

© AdvancedDesign 2024
A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.
EIN# 82-1720724

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© AdvancedDesign 2024
A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.
EIN# 82-1720724