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How to Make (Almost) Anything

Fab Academy is an intensive five-month program that teaches students to envision, design and prototype projects using digital fabrication tools and machines. It is a multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning experience that empowers students to learn-by-doing and inspires them to make stuff locally to become active participants in sustainable cities and communities.

At the Fab Academy, you will learn how to envision, prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools. We take a variety of code formats and turn them into physical objects. The Fab Diploma is the result of the sum of Fab Academy Certificates. Progress towards the diploma is evaluated by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or credits.

The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week! Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments.

How can I become a Fab Academy STUDENT?

Anyone can join Fab Academy. To become eligible, you have to register to the course by filling the online form and select a Node from the list of active and accepted Fab Labs.

How does it works?

Each Fab Lab that participates in the Fab Academy program see list here is part of a global Fab Lab/Fab Academy network. These Fab Labs are Nodes that offer the Fab Academy program.

Students view and participate in global lectures broadcasted every Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are 2 / 3 lab days each week where students have access the digital fabrication equipment and personal help with projects. Each Fab Lab will establish the schedule for these Lab days.

Fab Academy faculty, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.

Program details

  • Classes start on Mid-January

  • Duration: 5 months of class + 1 of Evaluations

  • Global Classes: Wednesdays 9:00 to 12:00 EST (ranging from 6:00 on the West Coast to 23:00 in Japan)

  • Final project: Delivered on June

  • Dedication: 20-30 hours a week (depending on prior tech background)

  • Language: The course is taught in English

Check out the class curriculum, the archives and the class schedule.

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