Digital Design and Fabrication, A.A.S.

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Create an Amazing Career in Digital Design & Fabrication!

State-of-the-art technology and expert faculty make Carroll's AAS Digital Design & Fabrication program the best for shaping your new career.

Using modern digital modeling software and manufacturing processes, digital fabricators design and create physical objects, parts or products used by consumers and industries. This new way of creating has changed design and manufacturing forever. Prototypes and concept models that used to take weeks or months to make can now be produced in just a few days at a fraction of the cost.

Carroll’s Digital Design and Fabrication program teaches the use of these emerging technologies in conjunction with contemporary design, manufacturing and production strategies. Graduates of the program, along with industry professionals seeking certifications, are well equipped to compete in the job market of tomorrow as well as today. 

Why Carroll for Digital Design & Fabrication?

  • Graduate job-ready. 
    Get up to speed on the latest technologies and begin your career immediately upon graduation.
  • Up-to-date curriculum. 
    Developed and continuously reviewed by an advisory committee of business leaders, the program meets current as well as future skill and knowledge requirements.
  • Job opportunities. 
    Carroll's partnerships with the business community provide students with potential employment at established companies.
  • Learn multiple skills/subjects. 
    The program touches on several disciplines, including entrepreneurship, visual arts, mechanical engineering and computer science, to name a few.
  • Certification in SOLIDWORKS.
    Training on this leading computer program for Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Engineering helps you stand out in the job market. 


“I chose the Digital Design and Fabrication program at Carroll because it was affordable, local and easily fit into my busy work schedule. I love everything about the program. The fab lab is amazing, with a variety of different 3D printers. The instructor is very knowledgeable, approachable and helps everyone in the class to be successful. Once I complete the program, I’d like to be a part designer for Johns Hopkins, maybe become an instructor, and hopefully work towards owning my own business. The possibilities are endless!” 

-Ben Horton, Digital Design & Fabrication student  

"I like the diverse career options the DFAB program offers. I am developing the skills needed to work in additive (3D printers) as well as subtractive manufacturing (carvers, CNC machines, laser cutters, etc.). Exposure to various CAD software creates opportunity to work in Computer Aided Design or Engineering careers. The entrepreneurial opportunities, such as product design, excite me the most."

-Letisha Cardosa, Digital Design & Fabrication student



Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

Faculty Spotlight

Scott Gore
Program Director, Digital Design & Fabrication and Assoc. Professor of Computer Graphics

A professor of art and design for the past 21 years, Scott focuses on bridging the gap between traditional media and emerging digital technology in the arts. He has been a professional artist for the last 24 years and has been featured in numerous galleries and art publications.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs. 

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Digital Design and Fabrication education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

What does this program cost?

Carroll’s Associate of Applied Science in Digital Design and Fabrication consists of 4 semesters of full-time study. You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

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Where can you go?

According to the Econolyst, the current value of the additive manufacturing technology and service industry is $1.7 billion. At current levels of growth, the industry is forecasted to be worth $8.4 billion by 2020. With technical development and far-reaching adoption, the industry could be worth $105 billion by 2028. 

Professional areas where Digital Design and Fabrication are utilized include industrial design and engineering, product and package design, manufacturing and the creative arts, including fashion design, jewelry, sculpture, metalsmithing and mixed media.

Skills acquired in our state-of-the-art program can be applied to many high growth industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Medical
  • Architecture
  • Automotive


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.