The Postgraduate Diploma in Fab Academy BCN: Applications and Implications of Digital Fabrication is the local chapter of the Distributed Digital Fabrication program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course: How to Make (Almost) Anything. Fab Academy focuses on personal fabrication – prototyping your ideas into products.

It 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.

POSTGRADUATE Diploma in Fab Academy BCN: Applications and Implications of Digital Fabrication
Degree Postgraduate Diploma in Fab Academy BCN: Applications and Implications of Digital Fabrication by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 15th edition
Credits 45 ECTS
Duration January 2021 — June 2021 (5 months) // Mo — Fri. 15:00 to 20:00h.
Language English
Tuition Fee  ​7.500€
Admissions Students, professionals, lifelong learners with backgrounds from all kinds of disciplines (designers, engineers, architects, artists, etc) looking for new approaches or to broaden the scope of their practice.

DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION: The global classroom

Fab Academy consists of both classes online and offline disciplines, a method which we call “distributed education“. Students work on two levels – global and local. The global level, otherwise known as the Global Campus, connects +250 students enrolled in Fab Academy in more than 50 cities worldwide. The students connect weekly for Global Lectures with Professor Neil Gershenfeld – Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. After every Global Lecture, in which Prof. Gershenfeld explains the content and lays out the assignment for the week, there is a round of reviews that opens the possibility for students to interact with the rest of the global community.

FAB LAB BARCELONA: A (local) Digital Fabrication playground

Once enrolled in Fab Academy you will learn how to use the Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools, machines and skills such as Project management, Computer design, Computer-controlled cutting, Electronics, 3D scanning and printing, Electronics design, Computer-controlled machining, Embedded programming, Molding and casting, Networking and communications, Mechanical design, Interface and application programming and Machine design. In addition to the Global Lectures, there are two days each week where you will receive specific support for your project and have access to Fab Lab Barcelona’s workshop and digital fabrication equipment.

By the end of the course, you will have the essential knowledge to plan, develop and prototype a final project. You will also have a comprehensive understanding of how to plan a sustainable business and how to share cutting-edge designs in an open source environment.

Why study Fab Academy in Barcelona?

Over more than ten years, Fab Lab Barcelona has become a global benchmark for the Fab Academy experience. Students come from every continent to study in Barcelona with the Future Learning Unit and experts from Fab Lab Barcelona. Future of Education specialist and Fab Academy Barcelona alum Santi Fuentemilla leads the hands-on instruction the lab, supported by multidisciplinary experts in digital fabrication, robotics, machine learning, coding and materials. Students in Barcelona study in a professional lab environment. In addition, the course is delivered in collaboration with students from the IAAC Master of Design for Emergent Futures which provides an opportunity to expand professional and personal experiences. Alumni of the program have used their future-skills to build leading roles in the global Fab Lab network, established their own design studios and become entrepreneurs in the innovation and social design fields.


How does it work?

Fab Academy is a five-month programme which starts in mid-January. The classes run from Monday to Friday until mid-June.

Each week the student will be expected to complete a different topic fully documented. The knowledge learned will contribute towards the development of the final project.

The Fab Academy Graduation takes place in early-August during the annual Fab Lab Conference. The conference consists of online and offline activities such as events, resources, workshops, fairs and boot camps that promote and advocate for emerging creative talent and their business productivity and sustainability.

Skills Seminars
The Postgraduate “Fab Academy BCN: Applications and Implications of Digital Fabrication” is comprised of 20 week-long intensive seminars that introduce students to the main aspects of Digital Manufacturing, and its implications in the design and prototyping of projects.

Personal Project Development
The last phase of the program capitalizes on all the learning acquired to develop a mature personal project. Participants focus on individual in-depth applied project research, employing critical thinking, hard and soft skills for the development of innovative solutions that explore and implement more viable, sustainable and fair alternative systems of today.


Design & Machining

Computer-Aided Design

Computer-Controlled Cutting

Computer-Controlled Machining

Molding and Casting

3d Scanning and Printing

Mechanical Design

Machine Design

Electronics & Programming

Electronics Design

Electronics Production

Embedded Programming

Interface and Application Programming

Input Devices

Output Devices

Networking and Communications


Principles and Practices

Project Management

Applications and Implications

Project Development

Invention, Intellectual Property, and Incom

Learning Goals

  • To provide students with theoretical and technical knowledge about disruptive technologies, materials and processes that are transforming the industry and the job market.
  • To encourage a critical spirit, innovation and sustainability as central principles of any type of intervention.
  • To provide a multidisciplinary approach and develop a range of “soft” skills that will allow students to better adapt to changing work and academic environments.
  • To encourage the generation of emerging opportunities and transform them into new hybrid professions.


Fab Academy Barcelona is open for students, professionals, lifelong learners with backgrounds from all kinds of disciplines looking for new approaches or to broaden the scope of their practice. We welcome individuals from every walk of life – with or without experience in technical training, whether it’s looking for a way to develop a specific project or pursue the physical aspects of an idea.

Fab Lab Barcelona’s Academy consists of technical training but also the creative freedom to develop projects with an analytical and logical approach alongside practical design experience. Students will become acquainted with industry standards, latest innovation trends and participate in a booming ecosystem of young scientists and entrepreneurs. Fab Academy is an inspiring creative technical environment in which designers and scientists collaborate, looking to create the maximum positive impact for the planet.



Admission Requirements

Students aiming to get ECTS certification must also provide the following documentation during the course of the program (it is not necessary to have them at the time of the Application):

  1. a) Legalized copy of your previous academic degree. (Please make sure to arrange the legalization of your diploma as required by your country of origin (more info here).
  2. b) An Official Translation of your legalized diploma (first you must legalize it, THEN, translate all to Spanish) to Spanish language (if not in Spanish already). Your diploma must be translated by an official sworn translator duly registered by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. List of authorized translators here.
  3. c) A copy of your valid passport, or I.D. if you are a citizen of a member state of the EU