Prototype - Rapid Prototyping Course
Learn to make apps without writing any code.
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1) Course Overview
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2) Meet Your Instructors
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3) Extra Perks
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4) All the Details
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Course Overview
You can build much more than you think without knowing anything about code.
Over the last several years, hundreds of free (or cheap) online "no-code" tools have launched, enabling anyone who knows how to copy and paste or drag and drop to create web and mobile apps. This means that for many ideas, you don't need to know anything about how to code to create fully-functional websites and apps.

No-code tools can be connected together to recreate apps like Uber or Airbnb without writing any code at all. We'll teach you how.

Prototype, unlike our other skills courses, is only 6 weeks long. It's a great place to start at Forge if you're unsure where you want to dive in first.
Develop experience in design thinking
This summer, Forge launched two new initiatives entirely with no-code tools:

1), our initiative to help our Corner business neighbors survive COVID-19
2), an entirely online activities fair for all undergrad CIOs at UVA

Both of these ideas were discussed one day and built the next. You'll learn how to take your ideas and launch them quickly and easily, too.
Meet Your Instructors
Andy Page and Daniel Willson
Prototype is the only Forge course led by Forge's full-time leadership team. Andy and Daniel are Forge's COO and Executive Director, respectively. Both are UVA alumni who helped get Forge off the ground back in 2014.

Andy and Daniel have collectively taught over 500 students through a variety of courses and programs. They've covered topics like design, development, prototyping, and entrepreneurship skills, both at Forge and as guest lecturers at several universities.
Joining the Forge Community
At Forge, we give our people the skills they need to realize their big ideas and a community they can call home. Our courses are a great place to get to know our community, make new friends, and prepare for your future. All of our students get access to exclusive perks and opportunities beyond whatever course they're taking:
Free access to all of our Crash Courses
Exclusive community events and jobs
Opportunities for (sometimes paid!) projects to practice your new skills
Priority applications for Launch summer internship program
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Dates, Deadlines, and Tuition
Workshop Schedule
Prototype has one section that meets online Mondays from 4:30-6:30pm.

This course starts the week of February 14 and continue for 6 weeks.
Time Commitment
Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.
Application Process and Deadlines
Applications for Spring 2021 are currently closed. Applications for Fall 2021 will reopen sometime in August.
$120 Course Fee
$95 for college students
Only $65 for UVA students
For UVA students, each of our courses is just $120 $65 — that's less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We're proud to partner with these two UVA schools to make this reduced cost possible.
Do you offer financial aid?
We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the Forge community. This is made possible by $20,000 in generous donations from our alumni network each year.

15% of students receive financial aid from Forge. 54% of aid goes to first-generation college students, and 80% of aid goes to people of color.
What's your refund policy?
We think you'll love Forge, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course's first workshop meeting time. You'll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.
What are your online courses like?
We know how to do online teaching right. Our Skills Courses will be all-online for the foreseeable future to protect the health of our students and instructors. Teaching online is not new for us - we know how to make online courses fun, engaging, and interactive. We know you can't just film a traditional lecture and hope for the best!

Since we've moved our courses online, our student satisfaction ratings haven't changed -- 95% of students would still recommend their course to a friend.
Do I need to have any background experience to apply?
No, you don't! This course is designed for people with little-to-no background experience.
What's your climate impact?
We donate 1% of all course tuition to carbon removal initiatives around the world. We also power our clubhouse with 100% clean wind and solar power. Learn more.
I have a question that wasn't answered here.
No problem! Reach out to, and/or come to our online Open House to talk to our team and learn more.
"It's electric being at Forge. Surrounded by my people and given all the tools I need for success, I feel like I can do absolutely anything. The relentless creative energy of our students is what makes Forge unlike anything I've ever been a part of.

There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner."

- Rachel, Forge alumna
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