Digital Fabrication & Design
- Length of Study 2-year
- Accreditation Diploma
- Campus Trail Campus
The Digital Fabrication & Design program at Selkirk College inspires and prepares design-forward, human-centred problem solvers to collaborate, adapt, and respond within rapidly transforming environments.
Agile, Collaborative and Multi-faceted Learning
Selkirk College’s Digital Fabrication & Design Program encourages students to develop worldly perspectives, design skills, and practical hands-on skills that support emerging technologies in digital fabrication.
Established in 2020, the Digital Fabrication & Design program ensures relevance through constant technology updates and equipment acquisition. The curriculum is refined in response to the evolving needs of industry.
Human-Centred Problem Solving
Curiosity and creativity are encouraged as students undertake a broad range of design challenges. Students discover their interests through collaboration, ideation and iteration, making, prototyping, and testing. At the heart of every student is the ability to adapt and apply technology to solve complex problems across a wide range of industries.
Giving students a full spectrum of digital fabrication implementations and opportunities, learning includes but is not limited to:
- Design for Advanced Manufacturing
- Traditional fabrication shop and safety practices
- 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering
- Rapid Prototyping and design verification
- 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing (CAM)
- Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
- Subtractive Manufacturing (CNC machining)
- Entrepreneurial Studies
- Sustainable product design
- Emerging Technologies
Putting Your Education to Work
Work integrated learning opportunities exist in this program with Co-op Education & Employment Services placing students in summer work positions. Selkirk College’s Digital Fabrication & Design Program fosters long-lasting relationships with industry advisors. This also benefits students.
Digital Fabrication & Design skills and knowledge may be stand-alone or amplify another discipline. They are indispensable skills for individuals already skilled in traditional design, fabrication, and manufacturing.
The two-year diploma program in Digital Fabrication & Design provides graduates and professional students with practical, interdisciplinary skills to apply cutting-edge manufacturing and design techniques in an increasingly wide range of industries, including:
- civil and mechanical design
- mass timber production
- advanced manufacturing
- architectural design
- special effects artistry
- product and industrial design
- many others
West Kootenay industries leveraging Digital Fabrication & Design technology include companies such as Kalesnikoff, Spearhead, Twente, Tempus3D, ROXUL, XL Quality Services, Able Plastic, Left of Center, Drop Design, and Teck Metals.
This is a multi-campus program primarily located in Trail, BC – at the Selkirk College Trail Campus and Selkirk Technology Access Centre (STAC). Students may also be required, at times, to travel to the Silver King Campus in Nelson and to various field trip locations. Collaboration with Selkirk College Applied Research & Innovation will also enhance learning.