"Prototyping is the first way to really understand what design is all about," says Jelle Saldien, a lecturer at the Howest Industrial Design Center. Located in West Flanders, Belgium, the IDC will prove Saldien's statement for five days in a row this September, when they'll host their annual Creative Prototyping Summer School.
The weeklong program will expose an international selection of students and professionals from a variety of creative disciplines to "laser cutting, 3D printing, product photography, wood turning, welding techniques, plastic shaping processes, clay modeling, foam modeling, Arduino electronics and finishing techniques for 3D models," among other things.
The €550 pricetag includes meals and beverages, all courses and materials, and a plot of grass where you'll pitch your tent alongside fellow students from all over the world. You can also borrow a bike to ride into the nearby town of Kortrijk with your fellow prototypers after class, sampling Flemish Reds with blue foam in your hair.
Here's a look at last year's program:
The Creative Prototyping Summer School will run from September 3rd through the 7th, and you can find out more here.