Digital Maker and Fabrication Degree at University of Advancing Technology

Digital Maker and Fabrication Degree


The Digital Maker Movement

Digital fabrication is revolutionizing how we invent and create, changing for all time the way we design and bring new technology products to market. The digital maker movement is opening doors of opportunity for University of Advancing Technology students earning an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Maker and Fabrication. As the recognized leader in advancing computer technology education, UAT unveiled the nation’s first fully-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Maker and Fabrication in 2014.

User-Centered Design and Maker Culture

Powerful mobile and embedded systems are converging into hardware that is increasingly replacing the functionality of larger, more cumbersome devices. As this transition continues to accelerate, the need for intelligently designed products will continue to grow. Integrated IoT devices and services in cars, homes and offices will interact with wearable devices to give the consumer a content-rich, context-driven experience. Designing, programming, and rapid prototyping of such devices will give students a hands-on approach to improving the next generation of hardware and applications.

Maker Movement Skills

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is the cutting-edge way to conceive, design, prototype, test, manufacture, and bring to market the latest technological innovations. Digital Maker and Fabrication students will gain the skills to manufacture with generative design, maker bots, robotics and embedded systems, digital design and animation, laser cutters, open-source hardware and software, and desktop fabrication. Before graduation, each student will be ready to file for a U.S. Patent.

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A Structured Course Load

Every online assignment is geared toward your technology degree program. Each online class follows a standard assignment schedule, ensuring a swift, successful completion of classes. This standardization, combined with a team-based approach and access to industry-standard toolsets and techniques, encourages development of the collaborative and creative skills necessary for the advancing technology workplace.

Online Digital Maker Degree Faculty

The UAT-Online digital maker faculty receive extensive training to help students succeed in an online environment. During class sessions, instructors participate in online lectures and discussion groups and respond to online questions. They also respond to emails and discussion threads.


Enrollment is ongoing for UAT-Online, so you may begin your online Digital Maker studies here at any time of the year.

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Digital Maker and Fabrication Course Description

As an inventor and innovator, it is now possible to generatively design, rapidly prototype, evaluate, and bring creations to market by way of digital fabrication tools. The Digital Maker and Fabrication degree prepares graduates to design and build new technology devices by combining user-centric design theory with these skills:
  • Programming
  • Parametric Modeling
  • Topology Optimization
  • Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Kinematics
  • Electronics
  • Metallurgy
  • Additive Manufacturing with 3D print and other maker technologies.

User-Centric Generative Design

Students in this program will model and design objects using 3D software. Students will also learn to inform their designs based upon choosing the best materials for each design element. Students will learn how to program the hardware and electronics driving their devices, using tools such as C++, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi in ways that support creating smart devices and internet-enabled devices. By learning how to effectively use maker prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, digital cutters, CNC, and virtual reality tools, students are able to rapidly visualize and prototype devices. DMF students also become adept at the process of iteratively refining technology creations and devices to make them ready for market.

Digital Maker an Fabrication


  • Demonstrate the ability to prototype, build, and apply for patents for technology products meeting specific user-centric human factors with form and function criteria.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate trends in design principles and apply them into the form and function of devices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate material and build technique options during the creation of products and their prototypes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and implement developments within electromechanical, algorithmic, robotic, microprocessor, sensor and other advancing technology areas while making product design decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within a maker studio environment to design, build, test and revise products that meet client timeline, design and quality requirements.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with industry accepted prototyping, modeling, build and maker tools and techniques.

Digital Maker and Fabrication Degree Program Information

  • Program Credits: 120
  • Major Credits: 36
  • Semesters to completion: 8

Requirements to graduate include a 2.0 CGPA, completed required coursework, Portfolio, Internship, and a Student Innovation Project.

For a more detailed breakout of completion time frames and rates, please see the UAT Fast Facts page.


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