Computational Studio: Topics in Digital Fabrication

This course is designed to enhance conventional approaches to materials-based art production through an introduction to digital fabrication. There will be two curriculum tracks in the Spring semester: first time students will learn fundamental skills, and students previously enrolled in Technosculpture (FA-327) in the Fall 2023 will focus on advanced digital fabrication methods. All students will participate in project critiques and tutorials for 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining, along with multiple software & capture methods such as Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, and 3D scanning. Advanced students will have the option of working on a final group project to culminate in a public on-campus exhibition. 
This is an interdisciplinary course to augment existing practices through access to new tools, materials, and concepts for making. We will move between classroom computers, the AACE lab, and individual studios to explore topics such as built environments, sculptural methods, and speculative design. Weekly topics will be supplemented with technical workshops and visiting speakers. As background, we will explore the history of digital fabrication, and ask critical questions about its relevance and impact on creative industries and society more broadly.

Spring 2024, Fall 2023. 3 Credits.

Course Code: FA-327

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