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ATLS 4519-003: Studio: Fabrication

Course Description

Gain mastery over various fabrication techniques as you complete a semester-long project of your choice in a hands-on studio course

This course is designed for students who want to go beyond the introductory skills developed in courses like FORM and MATERIAL to engage in a significant fabrication project over the course of the semester. Students will work with the instructor to develop a set of individual learning goals and project milestones, which will culminate with the presentation of a final project.

In addition to the final project, smaller collaborative assignments will be periodically assigned to develop specific skills in a group setting. While these will vary based on student goals, the course will likely cover woodworking, metalworking, computer aided manufacturing, industrial design and craft-based design.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will grow in mastery of a specific fabrication skillset of their choosing and develop the planning and scheduling skills needed to execute a large-scale design project over a semester long period.

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Selecting materials for fabrication based on aesthetics, function and environmental impact
  • Setting individual project deadlines and planning strategically to meet those goals
  • Critically examine existing fabrication processes and methods
  • Each student designs a significant (as defined by the instructor) course project to complete
  • Each week students will spend time in studio physically working on their projects
  • Smaller group projects and collaborative critiques will help students iterate on their projects in pursuit of the final semester goal
  • Metalworking, Woodworking, Plastic Forming, Sewing, Electronics/li>
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing Tools (Laser, CNC, 3D Printer)

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • Either ATLS 3100 (FORM), ATLS 3519 (MATERIAL), or some other significant fabrication course experience