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Exchange course offer in Industrial Design and Digital Fabrication


International Semester in Industrial Design and Digital Fabrication

The semester courses will run at our Deusto FabLab, a Digital Fabrication Laboratory in the University of Deusto, created to be an educational platform of digital fabrication and computation. Our FabLab belongs to MITs FabLab Network, of more than 630 labs around the world, and it is qualified to teach the FabAcademy Program in collaboration with the Center of Bits and Atoms of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The courses developed in this international semester, principally addressed for exchange students, are:

Digital Fabrication Technologies (6 ECTS)

This course introduces students to digital design and fabrication techniques within the context of Industrial Design. Through a series of technical demonstrations and different assignments, students will make connections between computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing, digital fabrication technologies and the physical world. Students will complete a series of assignments exploring 2D drawing, 3D modelling and experimental approaches to digital model generation. Simultaneously, students will need to make physical objects from their digital models using additive or subtractive technologies including 3D printing, CNC machining or laser cutting.

Digital Fabrication Technologies

Interaction Design (6 ECTS).

This course is aimed to introducing students to the fundamental concepts of electricity and electronics through a series of assignments based on technical demonstrations and DIY (do-it-yourself) exercises. During this course students will get familiarized with microcontrollers, input and output devices, programming languages, PCB design and fabrication. Simultaneously, they will have to use CNC milling machines to fabricate their PCBs, solder the required electronic components and finishing with the actual programming.

Interaction Design

Experience Design (6 ECTS)

This course presents the methodology for applying innovation by means of Users Centred Experience as a strategic vector of a project. Students will design experiences and intangibles of a project, incorporating user behaviour studies facing positive experiences.

Experience Design

Trends in Design and Social Innovation (6 ECTS)

The aim of this course is to identify and to interpret the trends in design to carry out prospective studies focused in social applications. Hence, Design Thinking methodology will be applied in the context of social innovation projects, solving in a creative way problems of social complexity.

Trends in Design and Social Innovation

Design Project (6, 12, 18 or 24 ECTS)

By the end of this course each and every student should have a working prototype of a final project demonstrating their portfolio of mastery skills in digital fabrication. This final project will have to involve digital fabrication, electronics and programming.

Design Project


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