Become part of Bits Academy
Become a partner
The target group of Bits Academy are not able to pay (full) fees that cover all the costs so we are always looking for partners who can provide (structural) financial contribution or help in kind. You can help with providing equipment, space, sharing your network or providing internships for our students.
Start a Bits School
We work with local organisations as co-founders to set up Bits Schools and are always interested in growing the Bits Family with additional schools and extend its reach within the world. Do you feel starting a Bits School is the solution for the youth unemployment problem in your area. Is your organisation interested in setting up a Bits School?
Share your expertise
You can share your expertise at any Bits School by becoming a guest speaker or offer an inspirational visit for students at your office or company. Other ways to share you knowledge is by assessing student work or becoming a coach.
Find skilled interns
Bits students are always looking for internship companies. Can you provide good internship places for students?
Become a Bits Student
Do you want to become a Bits student and receive an education at a Bits School?
Contact the Bits School in your country for specific dates for recruitment.
Bits Academy consists of three consecutive courses. Each course starts with an introduction, after which the students take part in intensive lessons and at the same time work on projects. The below infographic explains the content of these lessons (left) and projects (right) when clicking on the various boxes.
Getting ConnectedAn introduction to the computer, internet and design
Computer basicsThe students are introduced to the basics of the pc, they understand what a computer is and what it can be used for.
InternetThe students are introduced to the different functionalities of the internet. They understand how the internet can help them in their professional life.
DesignStudents are introduced to design and learn how it helps them to communicate a message. They see the possibilities of using design for their professional development.
Digital designersStudents do a project where they explore the market, evaluate what happens around them and respond to it with an innovative concept. Their project consists of a market research, brainstorm sessions, the development of ideas, creating a presentation, integrating feedback and making a design.
For examples of student work, please click here
GraduationBy the end of this course students are comfortable with using a computer and they are aware of the possibilities that lie in the field of digital design. At the actual graduation, students are evaluated by their projects and receive a certificate. The best students proceed to the following course.
Digital GarageAn exploration into the world of digital design and development
DesignStudents delve into design thinking and design processes. They get familiarized with the concept of ideation and get to know ways to visualise their ideas by prototyping. They also get to know how to work with digital tools to visualize their designs.
BrandingStudents learn the rules of brand identity and logo design. They also learn how to use various computer programmes to digitalize their new brand design.
Web developmentStudents get to know the basics of the world of web development. They get introduced to programmes and tools to develop websites.
MotionStudents get to learn the basics of video. They learn how to tell a story with moving images that fits the previously developed brand.
Made by meStudents build a website that deals with themes as tourism, fashion, news items, music, arts and sports. In addition, they submit a paper that describes the site's purpose and audience. It explains how the students are using the text, audio, video and images on the site and how they are consistent throughout the website.
Teamwork and project planningSkills needed to perform well in a team are at the core of these classes. These are mostly concentrated on (team)work ethics and skills related to project planning.
Web design and developmentDuring this period, students delve further into web design and development and get real comfortable with using the programmes to develop their website. Students will also learn firsthand from guest speakers from the field of web design or development.
Made by usStudents build a website in small teams where they either take the role of designer or that of developer. They make a website concept and additional design products for a business, an event or a campaign, starting from writing down the initial idea to defining the house style for the website.
My first assignmentDuring the client assignment, students practise what they learned in previous classes and projects, this time in a real-life situation. They choose the specialization they want to work in: web design, web development, graphic design, branding or (video) storytelling. The clients define the assignment and provide the students with valuable feedback.
GraduationBy the end of this course, students are familiar with multiple digital tools and programmes that are widely used in web design, web development, graphic design and (video) storytelling. They also have a keen eye for branding and can apply the fundamentals of design thinking in all of the work they do.
Media LabA specialization course in digital design and development
Students follow one of the below specializations. The lessons within specializations will either partly or fully be given by an expert from the field.