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MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication – Online

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MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication

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“The MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication (CCDF) has been a life-changing opportunity for me and has truly equipped me with a computational mental framework, logic, and confidence to pursue a future of world-class design, with the aid of bleeding-edge fabrication technologies and methodologies.With thanks to my lecturers.”

Dino Evangelos Kartoudes , South Africa, Architect, Class of 2022

“Within the Master programme Computational Design and Digital Fabrication (CDDF) I met fellow professionals who helped me build upon previous knowledge in research and design. The exchange of methodologies and ideas within the class and tutors was a truly valuable experience!”

Iman Hadzhivalcheva, Bulgaria , Researcher/Designer, Class of 2020

“The MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication has provided me with the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge in a range of software and machine operation techniques to address and resolve diverse problems in the design field”.

Anastasios Balabanides, Georgia , Architect, Class of 2019

“I am grateful for the MSc CDDF programme as it equipped me with multidimensional problem-solving skills and also connected me with worldwide computational design communities.”

Mana Koike, Japan , Product Designer, Class of 2021

Programme Overview

The MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication investigates the relationship between computational tools and architectural design. The programme offers the opportunity to develop computational design skills and experiment with hands-on cutting-edge fabrication, while acquiring analytical and creative problem-solving thinking.

An innovative Distance Learning Structure allows for remote teaching from faculty of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus and the University of Innsbruck in Austria, while two intensive, on-site workshops, at ARC Fab Lab in Nicosia and the Robotic Lab (REXLAB) of the Institute for Experimental Architecture in Innsbruck, provide the opportunity for applying newly acquired knowledge, establishing academia and industry connections and engaging with the global research community.

Why Attend This Programme

  • Computational Design is an emerging field of study with increasing international demand and high rate of employability

  • Involved international industry partners

  • Collaboration between the Architecture departments of Innsbruck University and the University of Nicosia, along with a global network of large-scale robotic infrastructure operators

  • Digital Fabrication enhances design skills allowing designers to translate complex ideas directly into physical form

  • Computational Designers are increasingly sought-after, as they mediate between the disciplines of Architecture and Engineering

  • Distance Learning delivered courses with ground-based intensive and international workshops offered

  • Renowned Guest Lecturers from Academia and Practice

Our Labs

ARC F-LAB

ARC F-LAB is operating in a dedicated space at the department of architecture of the University of Nicosia. The Workshop is a University facility containing Digital prototyping equipment, tools and machinery, which individual students or groups of students can use to produce architectural models and prototypes on their request. The use of the technologies is part of the MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication and  several other courses within the architectural and interior programs. F-LAB hosts a large open-type laser cutting machine, a 3-Axis CNC milling machine and three FDM 3D printers along a large series of Hand tools and Power Tools. Staff currently consists of three trained operators and two student assistants under the general supervision of a Fabrication Lab Manager and an Academic Coordinator.

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REX|LAB

REX|LAB is a space for realizing ideas. The tools are robotic actuators and the language is CAD programs and code. Going from idea to tangible object is always a form of translation, and interpretation. With robotics and software these processes are very flexible and subject to exploration.

As a medium they both claim universality. Six-axis industrial robots are universal manipulators. Code is universal expression of everything calculatable (turing-complete). This paired with their novel nature leaves much to be found, discovered, and realized

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