GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION

The Department of Architecture offers a 12 credit-hour, Graduate Certificate in design computation and digital fabrication which encourages students to pursue a broad spectrum of inquiries in the translation of digital processes, while simultaneously working alongside industry partners in an open and collaborative environment. Through immersive projects deploying interdisciplinary, applied design and fabrication research, the certificate engages in immersive projects and research methods, which challenge existing modes of practice and design through state of the art technological innovation.

ARCH581 Instructor: James Kerestes

ARCH581 Instructor: James Kerestes

Core requirement:
ARCH 581 - Design Computation & Fabrication Core Projects (3 credits)

9 hours from electives:
ARCH 593 - Design Computation & Fabrication Applications (3 credits)
ARCH 594 - Immersive Practicum Seminar (3 credits)
ARCH 634 - Advanced Fabrication Seminar (3 credits)
TEDU 697 - Problems in Technology Education (1-3)


ARCH 581 - Design Computation & Fabrication Applications (3 credits)
Foundations course introducing computation, design methods, tools for digital fabrication, and project delivery methods for design through production. Initiates a core understanding of geometry, fabrication strategies, and data extraction/translation through a series of hands-on, iterative modeling and fabrication projects.
Prerequisite: graduate status.


ARCH 593 - Design Computation/Fabrication Applications Seminar (3 credits)
Seminar focusing on a discussion of critical consideration of design computation and fabrication technology application issues and discussing theoretical digital technology issues.   Students will work collaboratively to develop critical and prototypical projects. 
Prerequisite: graduate status, ARCH 581.


ARCH 594 - Immersive Practicum Seminar (3 credits)
Self-directed, entrepreneurial, creative projects performed under the guidance of faculty advisors and in collaboration with industry partners. Students are encouraged to consider applied research potentials for projects. 
Prerequisite: graduate status, ARCH 581.


ARCH 634 - Advanced Fabrication Seminar (3 credits)
Critical overview of current digital fabrication methods and tools for the design and production of artifacts of various scales and types. This course will expose students to understanding the basic principles behind the performance of materials and how this informs the production of physical assemblies and their impact on their immediate environment. Students will work to demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for design. 
Prerequisite: graduate status, ARCH 581.


TEDU 697 - Problems in Technology Education (1-3 credits)
Independent study in advanced industrial or professional techniques.
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.