Best in (Grad) Show 2016

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By Dwell, Aileen Kwun, and Heather Corcoran
Culled from art and design schools across the world, these top-notch student projects earned a spot on our honor roll.

And for those of you looking to throw your hat into the ring of the design world, or simply dip your toes into a new skill set—we've got you covered. Scroll down to peep our curated list of alternative, affordable workshops and courses to help jump-start the transition.

Eny Lee Parker, Savannah College of Art & Design

Inspired by the geometric compositions of artist Kazimir Malevich, the Bento table features two compartments that appear to float in space.

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Fabian Zeijler, Design Academy Eindhoven 

Fostering physical and emotional well-being, this air purifier doubles as a light that can be adjusted from white to yellow. 

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Noelle Antignano, Rhode Island School of Design 

Long tubular cushions are woven through a steel-rod frame to create this lounge chair that embodies the beauty of controlled chaos.

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Sabine T. Appel, VIA University College 

Units of this modular Pillar cabinet can be stacked to meet storage needs; the reversible roll-front doors are made of oak and linoleum.

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Inspired by this year's Young Guns and interested in picking up some new skills? Dip your toe into the following programs.

Typography Summer School
Where: New York and London
Tuition: $750
Length 5 days
A five-day boot camp on the art of letters, this intensive typography workshop offers recent design grads a crash course in professional work, with daily talks by visiting experts, and project assignments with an actual brief, budget, and client.

Domaine de Boisbuchet
Where: Boisbuchet, France
Tuition: From $975
Length: Varies by course
Summer abroad in a historic French chateau? Oui. Initiated by Vitra Design Museum's founding director, this annual summer program features workshops led by top design talent: The 2016 lineup counts Faye Toogood, Muller Van Severen, Studio Job, and more.

Off the Saw
Where: Los Angeles, California
Tuition: From $200
Length: Varies
Here's a shop class you won't want to cut. Furniture maker Laura Zahn opens up her studio for small, hands-on classes that teach the craft of woodworking, ranging from intro-level courses to specific techniques, like slab preparation and Japanese carpentry.

ASID Academy
Tuition: $0–$40
Length: Varies
Get a virtual interior design education—from the comfort of your living room. The American Society of Interior Designers' roster of online courses for professional accreditation aligns with the organization's key themes: leadership development and the impact, practice, and business of design.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Where: Deer Isle, Maine
Tuition: Free
Length: 2 weeks
Haystack's international, non-profit studio program includes courses for all skill levels. The legendary craft school selects roughly 50 applicants each year to take part in a free, two-week Open Studio residency in ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, or wood; paid workshops are also available.

International Shibori Symposium
Where: Oaxaca, Mexico; varies annually
Fee: From $160
Length: 5 days
Calling all peripatetic tie-dyeing enthusiasts: The 10th annual international symposium on shibori, the Japanese art of manual resist-dyeing, convenes fall 2016 in Oaxaca, Mexico, November 15-20. Pro tip: Leave the white clothing at home.

S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps
Where: Various locations throughout the United States
Tuition: From $500
Length: 5 days
Call it tech support for the creative child: Kids age 8 to 17 are encouraged to explore the intersection of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in project-based day camps that teach CAD, robotics, and more. 

Bruce High Quality Foundation University
Where: New York, New York
Tuition: Free
Length: Semester-based
A la carte courses taught by the people, for the people, is the guiding principle for Bruce High Quality Foundation, the anonymous artists collective that started this free East Village school as a forum for MFA-level dialogue—minus the student debt.

Got more suggestions for after-school enrichment? We want to hear about them! Share your thoughts with us in the comments.