Fab Academy Barcelona

A hands-on learning experience and a master in rapid-prototyping.

Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication programme directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course: How to Make (Almost) Anything. Fab Academy focuses on personal fabrication – prototyping your ideas into products.


Postgraduate in Fab Academy BCN: Applications and Implications of Digital Fabrication accredited by University of Lleida (UdL) – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Course Length

Full-time dedication
Jan 22nd 2025 to June 15th 2025
16th Edition






Fab Lab Barcelona — IAAC



Applications Deadline

January 15, 2024

Fab Academy is an intensive five-month program that teaches students to envision, design and prototype projects using digital fabrication tools and machines. It is a multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning experience that empowers students to learn-by-doing and inspires them to make stuff locally to become active participants in sustainable cities and communities.

The global classroom

Fab Academy consists of both classes online and offline disciplines, a method which we call “distributed education“. Students work on two levels – global and local. The global level, otherwise known as the Global Campus, connects +250 students enrolled in Fab Academy in more than 50 cities worldwide. The students connect weekly for Global Lectures with Professor Neil Gershenfeld – Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. After every Global Lecture, in which Prof. Gershenfeld explains the content and lays out the assignment for the week, there is a round of reviews that opens the possibility for students to interact with the rest of the global community.

The Fab Academy program is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course ‘How To Make (Almost) Anything – both courses are taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld. The Fab Academy Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy community with the support of the Fab Lab Network and Fab Foundation. In the past years, numerous institutions hosting the course have started accrediting the skills developed in the course – you can check these institutions here.

A (local) Digital Fabrication playground

Once enrolled in Fab Academy you will learn how to use the Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools, machines and skills such as Project management, Computer design, Computer-controlled cutting, Electronics, 3D scanning and printing, Electronics design, Computer-controlled machining, Embedded programming, Molding and casting, Networking and communications, Mechanical design, Interface and application programming and Machine design. In addition to the Global Lectures, there are two days each week where you will receive specific support for your project and have access to Fab Lab Barcelona’s workshop and digital fabrication equipment.

Oscar González, Hardware & Software Developer from Fab Lab Barcelona at Fab Academy, 2019

By the end of the course, you will have the essential knowledge to plan, develop and prototype a final project. You will also have a comprehensive understanding of how to plan a sustainable business and how to share cutting-edge designs in an open source environment.

Why study Fab Academy in Barcelona?

Over ten years, Fab Lab Barcelona has become a global benchmark for the Fab Academy experience. Students come from every continent to study in Barcelona with the Future Learning Unit and experts from Fab Lab Barcelona. Future of Education specialist and Fab Academy Barcelona alum Santi Fuentemilla leads the hands-on instruction the lab, supported by multidisciplinary experts in digital fabrication, robotics, machine learning, coding and materials. Students in Barcelona study in a professional lab environment. In addition, the course is delivered in collaboration with students from the IAAC Master of Design for Emergent Futures which provides an opportunity to expand 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 social design fields.

An innovative environment

Poblenou neighbourhood, where IAAC is located, is one of the most genuine and prolific metropolitan scenarios of Barcelona city, an epicentre of creativity and innovation where ultra-modern buildings such as the Agbar Tower, Media TIC or the Design Hub Barcelona, coexist with old warehouses, art galleries, organizations, design studios, advertising agencies, higher education centres, production companies, hotels and restaurants (Poblenou Urban District). The neighbourhood is so unique it has been branded, the 22@ District.

What is the 22@ district?
What began as an urban renewal project is today’s a powerful source of Urban, Economic, and Social renewal: “22@ Districte de la Innovació” or 22@ Innovation District, hosting the recent plan to consolidate a “Maker’s District” in the area. This Poblenou Maker District aims to foster interaction within the local community and strengthen reindustrialization processes in the urban fabric with added-value features, such as the use of cutting-edge technologies for local production, training workers to face new challenges in the workplace in the immediate future and fostering Industry 4.0. Based on an international perspective of the “Fab City”, the construction of a new model for cities using the power of the Maker Movement and the global Fab-Lab network.

How does it work?

Fab Academy is a five-month programme which starts in mid-January. The classes run from Monday to Friday until mid-June.

Each week the student will be expected to complete a different topic fully documented. The knowledge learned will contribute towards the development of the final project.

The Fab Academy Graduation Ceremony will take place at @Fab18.

The conference consists of 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.

Design & Machining

Computer-Aided Design
Computer-Controlled Cutting
Computer-Controlled Machining
Molding and Casting
3d Scanning and Printing
Mechanical Design
Machine Design

Electronics & Programming

Electronics Design
Electronics Production
Embedded Programming
Interface and Application Programming
Input Devices
Output Devices
Networking and Communications



Principles and Practices
Project Management
Applications and Implications
Project Development
Invention, Intellectual Property, and Incom

Fab Academy Barcelona is open for students, professionals, lifelong learners with backgrounds from all kinds of disciplines looking for new approaches or to broaden the scope of their practice. We welcome individuals from every walk of life – with or without experience in technical training, whether it’s looking for a way to develop a specific project or pursue the physical aspects of an idea.

Fab Lab Barcelona’s Academy consists of technical training but also the creative freedom to develop projects with an analytical and logical approach alongside practical design experience. Students will become acquainted with industry standards, latest innovation trends and participate in a booming ecosystem of young scientists and entrepreneurs. Fab Academy is an inspiring creative technical environment in which designers and scientists collaborate, looking to create the maximum positive impact for the planet.

Admission Requirements

Students aiming to get ECTS certification must also provide the following documentation during the course of the program (it is not necessary to have them at the time of the Application):

a) Legalized copy of your previous academic degree. (Please make sure to arrange the legalization of your diploma as required by your country of origin (more info here).

b) An Official Translation of your legalized diploma (first you must legalize it, THEN, translate all to Spanish) to Spanish language (if not in Spanish already). Your diploma must be translated by an official sworn translator duly registered by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. List of authorized translators here.

c) A copy of your valid passport, or I.D. if you are a citizen of a member state of the EU

Head over to our blog and see what graduates of Fab Academy have to say about the program.

JAN 2024 — JUN 2024

Want to know more
about this program?

Luciana Asinari

Education Programs Lead
[email protected]