Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate in Digital Design + Fabrication ::
The Graduate Certificate invites students and design professionals from a variety of backgrounds who wish to enhance their skill sets with the latest digital design and fabrication tools at Ball State University. This 12 credit hour program, which specifically caters to nontraditional schedules, focuses on applying computational tools within a material-based “design-through-production process” that is informed by experimenting, testing, and prototyping.
Certificate courses are conducted by faculty and staff from Ball State’s Institute for Digital Fabrication (i.M.A.D.E) in an immersive and collaborative on-campus environment with industry involvement. On-campus resources include full access to labs and shops along with training on software and CNC equipment for undertaking material-based experiments and prototyping. No prerequisite skills in digital design or fabrication are required.
The Certificate sequence is aligned with and administered by Ball State’s Department of Architecture, a program cited for excellence in Digital Design and Fabrication in Architect Magazine’s most recent U.S. architecture schools survey. For maximum flexibility, students can choose to apply Certificate credits to Ball State’s 30 credit-hour, post-professional Master of Architecture II Degree Program (pending admission to the masters degree program).
Currently we offer two distinct options for successfully completing the Certificate:

Track 1 :: Traditional, semester-length on-campus courses spread out over 2, 3, or 4 semesters–these courses are traditionally scheduled in the evening, one day a week.

Track 2 :: Intense short-courses delivered in rapid succession–these courses are designed as all-day, multi-day workshops, compressing the Certificate program into a short time span from start to finish.
*Track 2 is still under development. Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in these unique opportunities at

HOW TO APPLY :: Three Step Process:

1. Send us an email at expressing your interest to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Design + Fabrication program. We’ll gladly field any questions about the program and provide you with more details about the next two steps.

2. Apply for admission to Ball State’s Graduate School :: Click here for more information on applying to Ball State’s Graduate School.

3. Apply for admission to the Certificate Program through the Department of Architecture :: We ask participants to submit a Resume/CV, References, a Short Portfolio, and a brief State of Purpose Letter so we can better understand your goals for the program. Click here for more information.

More details about Ball State University’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication (including FAQ’s) are outlined here on Ball State’s website. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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