Expanding Your Creative Toolbox: Digital Fabrication Summer Intensive

Whether you currently teach digital processes, hope to do so in the future, or simply want to explore the creative process of working in new technologies, this three-week intensive course will expand your creative toolbox.

Join the Department of Art and Design from July 11th to 29th to explore your own creative process while gaining knowledge in Project-Based Learning and Maker Education. This course teaches critical aspects of the digital maker-based software and hardware that translates your ideas from concept through to actualization. Students will experiment with designing projects for the laser cutter, 3D printer, incorporating electronics and soft circuitry into their designs, as well as testing out a variety of fabrication tools.


Course Highlights

The course will combine lectures, discussion, and a maker lab. Our focus is on how to create through technologies and translate that process into valuable opportunities and cross-disciplinary applications.

Topics covered will include:

  • Fabrication processes and managing materials;
  • 2D drawing for 3D fabrication using a laser cutter;
  • 3D CAD/CAM design for 3D printing.

Technology experiences will include:

  • Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Rhino7, TinkerCAD, ZbrushCore Mini (all software is accessible throughout the three-week period);
  • Hardware: Epilog Laser Engravers, FormLabs Form3 Resin Printer, Uprint 260 FDM Printer, 3D Systems Projet 260 Color Printer.

Small projects leading to one extended self directed project.  Students will gain the skills necessary to create their own self directed project that solves a large scale problem with design.

Enrollment Options

Credits can be earned for FA Undergraduate Studio or Graduate Level Education (Act 48): 

FA385- 3 Undergraduate Studio Credits

For individuals seeking undergraduate studio credit towards a degree program or non-matriculate.

Tuition: $1,800

ED561H- 3 Graduate Credits

For individuals seeking graduate course credits and/or Act 48 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Tuition: $2,115


Karen E. Misher

Associate Professor, Art and Design