Fab Academy is a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week.
It offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs (nodes) are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.
Each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of different certificates taken individually and their integration into a final, larger project. These are reviewed by their local instructors, regional gurus, and then centrally to ensure that each student meets global standards and follows evolving best practices.
The Fab Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy. The Fab Diploma is earned by progress rather than the calendar, for successful completion of a series of certificate requirements. The instructional sequence requires six months to cover, although the time to finish can ranged from that up to a few years.
In the last years, numerous institutions started accrediting the skills developed in the Fab Academy course. Some of these institutions are listed below:
|Local Fab Lab||Accrediting body||Country||Credit offered||Status|
|FabLab Siena||University of Siena||Italy||ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)||active|
|FabLab Madrid CEU||Madrid CEU University||Spain||ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)||active|
|Fab Lab Oulu||University of Oulu||Finland||ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) in curricula||active|
|Fab Lab TECSUP - Instituto de Educación Superior de Peru||Tecsup||Peru||Specialization Diploma||active|
|Fab Lab Kamp-Lintfort||Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences||Germany||Working on a integration with existing degree programs||active (not credit-wise yet but as a course within our university)|
|Fab Lab Bottrop||Hochschule Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences||Germany||18 ETCS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)||active|
|Fablab Digiscope||Paris Saclay University||France||Diplôme d'Etablissement (DE)||Active since jan 2019|
|Fab Lab Facens||Sorocaba Engineering College (Faculdade de Engenharia de Sorocaba)||Brazil||Specialization||work in progress|
|Fab Lab Wgtn||Massey University||New Zealand||Masters level||work in progress|
|Litchee Lab||Shenzhen University||China||TBD||work in progress|
|Vigyan Ashram Fab-lab||Savitribai Phule Pune University||India||TBD||work in progress|
|Vigyan Ashram Fab-lab||Indian Institute of Technology||India||TBD||work in progress|
|Fab Lab FCT||Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia)||Portugal||Certified Specialization Course in Digital Fabrication||active|
|Fab Lab Barcelona||Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)||Spain||45 ECTS as Post-degree Program||active|
|AgriLab||Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle||France||30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)||active|
|Fab Lab Powered by Orange||Politechnika Warszawska||Poland||ECTS Overlapping existing courses||work in progress|
|Aalto Fablab||Aalto University||Finland||24 ECTS overlay for Digital Fabrication I & II, Digital Fabrication Studio||active in 2021|
|Wheaton Fab Lab||Wheaton College||USA||2 credits at 300 level||active in 2021|