- 1-I want to apply to the Fab Academy. What should I do?
- 2-What are the admissions requirements? Do I need a minimum education qualification?
- 3-Once I have applied, does it mean I’m a student of the program?
- 4-Should I contact the Fab Lab I chose to follow the program?
- 5-Can I apply for only 1 certificate?
- 6-Is the application fee refundable?
- 7-Is it a University Master or Post degree? Does it has University credits?
- 8-Can I take the course distance-learning mode?
- 9-Tuition fees – how much are masters course fees?
- 10-How can I pay my fees?
- 11-What funding is available? Are there scholarships available?
- 12-What is the workload for the course?
- 13-In which language is the Fab Academy delivered?
- 14-Do I need TOEFL / GRE to apply?
- 15-My city is not listed for Fab Academy 2015/ My city does not have a Fab Lab.
- 16-Can I take the Fab Academy in a city other than mine?
- 17-What is the content of the program?
- 18-I have a specific theme/project i’d like to carry on during the courses.
- 19-If I don’t finish my studies in the 5 months of the course, can I follow the program next year?
To apply for the Fab Academy course you must fill the online application form. You will find it here.
After you send your application, the Fab Lab manager will contact you to make an interview (in-person or via skype). In the following weeks after the interview, Admissions will contact you with the results of the selection process. Check Calendar here.
Although there is no specific qualification required, it is necessary to have general knowledge in 2D and 3D design, in digital fabrication, in electronic programming and web design and development.
If you rate your proficiency in them between Low and Medium, the course should be considered a full-time dedication program. If you rate your proficiency between High and Expert, you can consider the program to be part-time.
After you send your application, the Fab Lab manager will contact you to make an interview (in-person or via skype). In the following weeks after the interview, Admissions will contact you with the results of the selection process. You are registered in the program once you pay the deposit.
Not necessarily. During the online application process, you will be asked to select a Fab Lab (node) to follow the program. After your submission, the chosen Fab Lab manager will contact you to make an interview (in-person or via skype).
This option is not available anymore.
Once students receive their acceptance letter, a down payment of 2000 USD/€ must be done to secure the place. The remaining part of the tuition fees might be paid either in one installment or two installments.
The 2000 USD or € confirmation fee is non-refundable. The rest of tuition fees may be refunded in accordance to the Terms & Conditions document.
The Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication Program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything. There is no global accreditation for these skills. Instead, each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of them individually, and their integration. The Fab Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy. It has no institutional connection with MIT (and none should be claimed), but a number of the participating sites offer it overlaid with their local accreditation. It recognizes readiness to work in, and establish, a fab lab. The Fab Diploma has led to students obtaining employment, investment, admission, and recognition.
In the last years, numerous institutions started accrediting the skills developed in the Fab Academy course. Some of these institutions are listed here.
Fab Academy is a 5-months program, face-to-face, part-time with at least 30hs a week dedication.
Global lectures happen on Wednesdays at 9:00 on the US East Coast (ranging from 6:00 on the West Coast to 23:00 in Japan). In adition, there is between 2 or 3 days of hands-on work in the lab.
Fab Academy fees are:
Fab Academy Diploma …………………5.000(USD) (currency to be determined by local lab)
IMPORTANT:::::Fab Academy Europe may charge tuition fees in Euros according to updated exchange rates.
Only local labs can determine whether they are able to offer scholarships. Some labs also need a minimum of students paying full fees, to be able to offer economical support to other students. Find out more about the procedure here.
You can also search for national or international scholarships that may be offered for students to study abroad.
Between 20 to 35 hours a week of dedication, depending on your technical background.
Although there is no TOEFL / GRE requirements, we do expect our students to have a very good level of English, both speaking and writing. It is the language in which you will be evaluated.
If your city is not listed in the online application form may be because:
- is not listed yet
- is not offering the fab academy this year
In any of these cases, please select the option “other” and tell us the Fab Lab or City in which you want to take the course. If the Fab Lab or city you appoint is not offering the course, we’ll suggest other options of near Fab Labs.
Yes, you can take the Fab Academy in any of the listed Fab Labs.
But, have in mind that Fab Academy fees only cover the education and does not cover the expenses of living abroad.
The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication.
It comprises 20 certificates. In order to graduate from Fab Academy, you must pass all 20 certificates:
principles and practices
molding and casting
3D scanning and printing
interface and application programming
networking and communications
applications and implications
invention, intellectual property, and income
For the Project Development assignment you must document a final project that integrates the range of units covered. The final project topic is chosen by you.
To graduate you need to achieve 3 steps:
1º To complete (make and document) all the certificates.
2º To present your Final Project to your peers. There are 2 opportunities to do that:
- End of June (when the cycle finishes)
- Mid-January (when the new cycle starts)
3º To pass the Global Evaluation round. There are 2 opportunities to do that:
More info here.
If you were not able to finish in the natural course of the program you can finish on your own and apply for a new Final Project Presentation + Global Evaluation later.
IF YOU ARE MISSING CERTIFICATES:
1) Completing Certificates outside the natural term of the course:
You can complete the assignments you took, on your own, and complete documentation on your website. Once that is done, double check with your tutor to see if you are ready to present your Final Project or enter the Global Evaluation (if you presented your project before).
NOTE: if you use further resources from your lab (either advice or materials) after the natural term of the program, local labs may charge for those extra resources.
2) Re-take or take Certificates outside the natural term of the course:
If you need to take missing certificates or retake certificates again, after the natural term of the program (5 months), you can do so. You will have to arrange a special framework with your local Fab Lab to re-take and complete missing certificates.
NOTE: Local labs may charge extra for the new resources you may use: advice, materials, machine time, etc.
IF YOU ARE MISSING THE FINAL PRESENTATION
Once you have all your assignments and final project complete, you can apply to join the Final Presentation round. This takes place at the end of June (when the cycle finishes) or in mid-January (when the next cycle starts).
To gain access to the Final Presentations you must submit this form.
IF YOU ARE MISSING THE GLOBAL EVALUATION
Only after you finish all of the assignments and properly document them on your site, and you present your final project to your peers, you can gain access to the final step towards the completion of the Fab Academy program: the Global Evaluation. This last step takes place twice a year: Mid-July and Mid-November. During this last round, the Global Evaluation Committee will evaluate your work through your site and determine whether or not to grant you the Fab Academy Diploma.
To gain access to this last step, you must submit this form.