Fabricademy Barcelona

The intersection of textiles, digital fabrication and biology.

The ​Postgraduate of Fabricademy, is a 6-month intensive program at the intersection of digital fabrication, textiles and biology. The program explores the interrelation of human-technology-environment through the notions of embodiment, materiality, ecodesign, biodesign, performance, smart textiles and digital fabrication.

Fabricademy Diploma


The Postgraduate Diploma in Fabricademy, Textile and Technology Academy is accredited by University of Lleida (UdL) – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Course Length

6 months full-time dedication
17th September 2024 until 29th of March 2025
8th Edition



Tuition Fee




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 became entrepreneurs in the innovation and new materials fields. 

Research Lines

The content of the course is structured into 3 areas of research:


Exploring the role of future eco-pioneers and material designers for a circular and sustainable textile and clothing field, bringing together craftsmanship knowledge and disruptive technologies. The lectures and hands-on learning sessions offer a view on the past and future of sustainable craftsmanship: an array of techniques for environmentally friendly alternatives for the fields of textile and clothing. This sustainability area of research clusters knowledge from biomaterials, natural pigment & dyes fabrication, modular reconfigurable laser cut designs, and the solidification of soft fabrics into hard-structures for technical textile applications. It also introduces the participants to basic biotechnology practices.

Industry 4.0

Developing skills and exploring the field of new technologies such as 3D scanning, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), parametric design and 3D modelling, as well as subtractive manufacturing, such as CNC milling and laser cutting. A combination of intensive workshops, where participants learn how to create digital files for apparel, fashion and accessories that are enabling mass customization, local manufacturing and reshape the factories of the Future through a performance-based hands-on approach to design.

Wearable Technology

The Wearable tech research area focuses on the design and integration of electronics with and as textiles for the development of smart fabrics that are aesthetically and performance-wise enhanced with microcontrollers, sensors, actuators and programmable logics. Participants will obtain basic programming, hardware design and circuit crafting skills in order to create interactive prototypes using conductive threads, fabrics, e-embroidery and other techniques. The projects can be developed for a broad range of applications, from performative arts to healthcare solutions.


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.

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

Future Technologies for Sustainable Fashion – FTSF

Short Program 

A Collaboration between Fab Lab Barcelona, IED and IdeaSquare-CERN

Modality: In-person, part-time dedication
Language: English
FTSF Fees: 1.350 Euros (Includes 3-day trip to CERN)

Download the brochure here!

This 2-month program combines theoretical learning with hands-on training by local experts, working at the intersection of Digital Fabrication, Biodesign, and Smart Textiles. This program includes a short trip to CERN. Students will work intensively to develop emerging technologies that respond to societal needs through a hands-on approach, using digital manufacturing, first-person perspective methodology, multiverse thinking, and embodied design ideation methods.

The main challenges they will face will be focused on:
1) how emerging and disruptive technologies could reverse the environmental impact that the fashion system has on the planet.
2) exploring new ways of designing and producing fashion that lead to novel approaches to how fashion is consumed and discarded. Student teams will work on researching and prototyping solutions using agile manufacturing technologies, new materials, and wearable computing that will be presented at the end of the course to an invited jury of experts from IdeaSquare at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), and related industrial partners.

Program Methodology

Introduction sessions: at the beginning of the course, students will be coached to create mixed teams taking into consideration multiple intelligence skills and academic backgrounds to apply their talents and capabilities better.
Visit IdeaSquare/CERN: in the first part of the program, students will travel to IdeaSquare to deep-dive into multiverse thinking methodology that will enrich their skills and forecasting capabilities.
Hackathons and intensive sessions: in some weeks, students will meet in intensive sessions to boost their work.
Weekly sessions: students will work together to get familiarised and use the infrastructure of the two schools.

FTSF is a program in the context of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project ATTRACT.

Find all information about the program here.

SEPT 2023 — APRIL/MAY 2024

Want to know more about this program?

Luciana Asinari

Education Coordinator
[email protected]