Degrees
Digital Design and Fabrication AAS

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, computer science and robotics, making it uniquely positioned to support and connect to existing programs at both Carroll and Maryland 4-year institutions.
  • 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. 

Digital Design and Fabrication AAS

Program Director: Scott Gore Phone: 410-386-8467 Email: sgore@carrollcc.edu The Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Design and Fabrication prepares students for employment or advancement in such fields as fabrication, manufacturing, industrial engineering and design, and product design. This program emphasizes emerging technologies and contemporary design, manufacturing, and production strategies. Building from fundamental principles and practices essential to design professions, students enhance both creativity and design sense through a variety of real world projects. Graduates will be well equipped to compete in current and emerging job markets, as the program combines traditional fabrication concepts with new design and fabrication processes, including additive manufacturing (3D printing), subtractive manufacturing, and 3D scanning tools. This program prepares students to complete both the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) and Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exams. Certifications are not guaranteed. Take the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam upon completion of DFAB-105 and DFAB-205. Take the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exam upon completion of DFAB-206, DFAB-207, and DFAB-270. All Maryland residents pay incounty tuition for DFAB courses.

DFAB Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 1 Diversity-designated General Education course: (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement)

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 16 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 20 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.

Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates. 

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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

The AAS in Digital Design and Fabrication degree also provides the opportunity for a seamless transfer to many Maryland state and private colleges.

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