Plymouth College of Art: Digital Fabrication

InstitutionPlymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


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.

Ethos Digital fabrication has sparked a design and manufacturing revolution in which rapidly changing technologies are radically challenging what we conceive to be possible. Based around our onsite Fab Lab, the MA Digital Fabrication confronts the debates and opportunities generated by techniques such as rapid digital prototyping, examining how these new approaches to making may become a catalyst for social change. This programme asks whether digital fabrication technology might provide increasing democratisation and a more courageous entrepreneurial attitude for small scale manufacture; 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, and designer.

Outline Working within a robust critical framework, you will develop experimental methodologies that will allow you to produce creative work with a strong conceptual base that explores the potential of digital fabrication. You will critically analyse contemporary innovations and inventions, considering the spatial, material and formal possibilities afforded by them in the development of your research. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports a wide range of practices that seek to develop a sustained engagement with digital fabrication tools, including product design, material design, parametric design, generative design, hacking and scripting.


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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