Skills Courses
Level up your tech + creative skills.
10 Weeks, Feb 14 - Apr 21
4-6 Hour Commitment / Week
All Online for Spring 2021
Applications for Spring 2021 Courses are closed
Learn anything from design to data science to videography in just 10 weeks, all online. You'll develop new skills through fun, hands-on projects in a fast-paced, community-driven environment. This is the most popular way to join Forge, with 750+ college students signing up each year. And it's a perfect way to level up your skills in a tough job market.
Our Spring 2021 Skills Courses
Node Lite - intro to data science
Node - data science
Node Pro - advanced data science
Envision - data visualizations with D3.js
Ignite - civic entrepreneurship
Source Lite - intro to software dev
Source - software development
Prototype - make apps without code
Convert - intro to digital marketing
Wireframe - intro to app & web design
Vector - intro to graphic design
Storyboard - intro to video production
What course should I take if I'm...
...interested in creative, media, arts, and design careers?
Convert will teach you how to find new audiences, launch marketing campaigns, and create loyal customers. Learn more →

Wireframe will teach you how to design beautiful apps in the growing field of user experience (UX) design. Learn more →

Vector will teach you how to create stunning graphics and develop your eye for design. Learn more →

Storyboard (new this spring!) will teach you how to film, edit, and publish engaging and professional videos. Learn more →
    ...interested in entrepreneurship?
    Ignite will teach you how to channel your passions into meaningful civic action and change. Learn more →

    Prototype will teach you how to create web apps and websites without writing any code. Learn more →

    Explore covers 5 different skills we teach (software, data, design, and more) for 2 weeks each, so you can learn how modern skills all work together. Learn more →
      ...interested in software and data?
      Our Source courses will teach you React, a Javascript framework used to make modern web apps. Source Lite is great if you've never coded before, and Source is perfect if you know at least the basics of how to code (CS 1110 or similar).

      Our Node courses will teach you data science, arguably the fastest growing field in technology. Node Lite is great if you've never coded before, and Node is great if you have (CS 1110 or similar). Node Pro goes into more advanced machine learning, and assumes you know some data science already.

      Envision (new this spring!) teaches D3.js, an advanced framework for data visualization. We assume you already have some experience working with data and code. Learn more →
        ...not sure where to start?
        If you're unsure of what you're interested in, or you want to explore a few different fields before taking another one of our courses, check out these:

        will teach you how to create web apps and websites without writing any code. Unlike our other courses, this one is only 6 weeks long. Learn more →

        Explore is a sampler of almost everything we teach. Over 10 weeks, you'll get mini-lessons in 5 different areas (software, data, design, and more) for 2 weeks each. Learn more →
          New Course Spotlight: Ignite
          Ignite is a 10-week course on civic entrepreneurship and the art of civic engagement. This course explores how civic engagement can go far beyond voting. We'll leave political ideology at the door and focus on how to create the change you want to see in the world.
          10 Week Part-Time Course
          Sundays, 3-5pm
          All Online
          Skills Courses Schedule
          All of our courses meet twice a week: once as a group for a 2 hour workshop, and once in a smaller lab for more personalized training and support.

          Courses start the week of February 14 and continue weekly for 10 weeks. You can see a summarized schedule below. Courses do expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the workshops and lab each week, you can expect to spend some time working with your classmates on projects. There are also plenty of community events for Forge members available, too!
          Skills Courses Timeline
          1) Stop by our virtual Open House
          Get to know our team and learn more before you register or apply. Stop by our Virtual Open House on Friday, February 4 from 2-4pm - RSVP here. If you miss it, shoot us an email at with any questions.
          2) Apply Online by Feb. 9
          All of courses are available to anyone and everyone who's interested -- all years, majors, and backgrounds. There's a short application for most courses, and no application for Prototype. We have a no-questions-asked financial aid policy for anyone receiving financial aid from their college or university. Applications for our Spring 2021 Courses are now closed.
          3) Courses Begin
          Courses kick off the week of February 14. Make sure you register for a course workshop time you can make consistently -- they're all listed above. Each week, you'll also have a personalized lab time with your instructor (at flexible meeting times) and continue work with your classmates on projects.
          4) Courses Showcase
          At the end of the semester you'll put everything you learned into a cumulative project you'll show off to the broader Forge community in our Showcase. This is how we celebrate everything our community has learned and made each semester. We'll award prizes and rewards to some of the best projects, too.
          Check out the Spring 2021 Courses Showcase here!

          5) What Comes Next
          Finishing your first course with Forge is just the first step in getting involved in our community. Most students stick around in future semesters to continue learning in other courses (members get a big discount), join our leadership team, hack on new projects and ideas, or even become TAs and teachers for our courses. Members also get priority on our trips and Launch summer internship program.