Taught course

Digital Fabrication

Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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Entry requirements

BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional project proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Digital Fabrication programme offers contemporary makers the opportunity to research, explore and experiment with emergent technologies, encouraging the development of individual design practice in relation to digital fabrication.

Digital fabrication has sparked a design and manufacturing revolution in which rapidly changing technologies are radically challenging what we conceive to be possible.

You will critically analyse contemporary innovations and inventions, considering the spatial, material and formal possibilities afforded by them in the development of your own approach.

This programme centres around research, and you will formulate your own thesis from within a broad field that includes digital work, product design, craft practice, material design, parametric design, generative design, hacking and scripting.

Working within a robust critical framework, you will develop your own experimental and exploratory set of methodologies that will allow you to produce creative work with a strong conceptual base, capable of addressing future commercial development.

You will confront the debates and opportunities generated by techniques such as rapid digital prototyping, and will consider how these techniques have become a catalyst for social change.

You will explore how, with the reduction of manufacturing hierarchies and increasing democratisation, there has emerged a more courageous entrepreneurial attitude; one which capitalises on the opportunity to make without a dedicated production line, and maximises product customisation, giving rise to new forms of entrepreneur, inventor, designer and marketer.

Sitting at the intersection of ideas, products, technology and manufacture, this MA programme is ideally suited to creatives from all areas of art and design who are intent on mastering and challenging the quickly developing discipline of digital fabrication.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 203434