Fabricademy Barcelona

The intersection of textiles, digital fabrication and biology.

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry to the upcoming wearable market. This is the 4th edition of the Fabricademy course.

Course Length

6 months – 22nd September 2020 to 31st March 2021 – Full Time




US $7.350



Admission Requirements

Artists, Fashion or Costume Designers, Engineers, Designers or Architects, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions, PhD candidates in applied research fields.

Change how you think, not just what you wear

The textile industry is in need of more humane, ecologically sound and efficient ways of working. We often buy, consume and throw products without any concept of environmental damage. This can be due to a lack of knowledge and education about materials – from the energy consumed in production, labour and waste produced at the end of the cycle. Fabricademy at Fab Lab Barcelona equips students with the skills and knowledge to become key players in an emerging sustainable future of textiles.

The program and educational environment encourages students to rethink industrial processes regarding textile production and design. Merging tradition and advanced technologies, students learn a range of skills from digital fabrication to synthetic biology and work across the creation, production and distribution of textile and fashion elements to help them establish their career as future textile professionals. Learning is supported by experts from the field who help students investigate how the textile and fashion industries can benefit from new technologies, processes and business models.

An environment which encourages creativity 

The possibilities to conduct experimental research in an open laboratory give students the physical and mental space for innovative re-thinking and reframing of today’s realities, offering the resources for visions to be materialised, tested, developed and fabricated, not as a linear process, but as a spiral iteration and implementation into reality. Through the program, we are developing and implementing a new approach on how to create, produce and distribute textile and fashion elements, by using distributed manufacturing infrastructures and knowledge networks.

Working in an open laboratory, students experiment with the human body and culture by recycling, hacking and sensing. Rapid prototyping is used to create real-time feedback loops for project development, in which materials, aesthetics, sustainability and customization play equal and important roles. Students use acquired knowledge to develop a final project which may intersect multiple sectors of the future textile and fashion industry.

From 3D-printed shoes to kombucha fabric

Previous graduates of Fabricademy have worked on creating and fabricating interactive 3D-printed footwear, biodegradable garments, wearable smart hats, energy-harvesting clothing, whole 3D-printed garments, textile micro-factory pilots and more. The projects seek to test, envisage and re-establish our production and consumption models in the context of advanced manufacturing. Through hands-on learning techniques and critical reflection, students develop innovative methodologies and designs which work towards creating a compassionate, sustainable future for the textiles industry. The program collaborates with Eurecat and Reimagine Textile project, in which students have access and training to complete the infrastructure of textile manufacturing facilities and testing machines.

Students are mentored by Anastasia Pistofidou, co-founder of Material and Textile research body FabTextiles, Fabricademy and academic director of the global Fabricademy program. With dedicated biomaterial labs, access to two professional Fab Labs and a third lab at Valldaura Campus of IAAC in the Collserola National Park, Fabricademy Barcelona provides an unprecedented experience for students to study in a unique environment. The international IAAC environment welcomes students from 68 countries and over 200 disciplines, which provides all students on campus the opportunity to expand their professional and personal experiences. Alumni of the program have used their future-skills to build leading roles in the global Fab Lab network, established their own design studios and become entrepreneurs in the innovation and new materials fields. 

An innovative environment

The Fabricademy Barcelona program is physically located at IAAC in the heart of the innovative Poblenou neighbourhood. The historic neighbourhood was once the centre of textiles trade in Barcelona and through urban revival has become a modern tech and creativity hub. It is home to many creative studios and emerging creative businesses. Fab Lab Barcelona generates professional connection with local craftspeople, innovators and designers who have previously enriched student projects through collaborations and internships, and provide students with hands-on inspiration and networking at international organisations such as Materfad at Barcelona Design Centre.

How does it work?

Fabricademy starts in Mid-September 2020. The first phase consists of classes until December and the 2nd phase from January to March.

Fabricademy Graduation will take place in August, during the annual Fab Lab Conference. 2020-21 students will graduate in the FAB16 Conference, in Montreal, Canada.

The FAB16 conference consists of both online and offline activities such as events, resources, workshops, fairs and boot camps that promote and advocate for emerging creative talent and their business productivity and sustainability.


Digital Bodies
Circular open-source Fashion




Project Management
State of the art
Project proposal Presentation


Soft Robotics
Skin Electronics




Open-source Hardware, “from fibres to fabric”
Textile as Scaffold
Biofabricating Materials

We wish to reach all creative disciplines dealing with design and the Maker Movement: creative players, makers, designers, artists, architects, scientists, students and others.

Fashion Designers

For existing fashion designers who are seeking new and innovative ways of working with textiles – whether this is with biomaterials, 3D printed clothing, interactive wearables and more. Fabricademy gives the option for fashion designers to become more sustainable in their practice.


We hope to benefit and increase the number of designers and creatives that self-produce goods by integrating resources they don’t have access to. Utilising digital platforms for all aspects of the creation process, to financing and execution.


This global movement merges artisanal skills with a digital layer of tools. We hope to benefit from this global community of do-ers by enhancing the connectivity between them and the spaces in which they work such as Fab Labs.

SEPT 2020 — MARCH 2021

Want to know more about this program?

Luciana Asinari

Education Coordinator
[email protected]