Pre-College Programs

Digi-Fab Discovery

Summer Pre-College Studio for grades 9-11

Curious about resources available to students studying art and design at our top-tier, public research university? Digi-Fab Discovery introduces students to the Stamps Digi-Fab Studio, home to our cutting edge digital fabrication technology!

Digi-Fab Discovery introduces students to the rigors of the design process and challenges them to design and prototype their ideas using our school’s innovative digital fabrication tools. Students will be immersed in an exploration of graphic, product and interior design through a series of creative projects. Over the course of three weeks, students will gain experience working with digital media and fabrication tools such as vinyl cutters, laser cutters and 3D printers.

While it is preferred that applicants have some prior experience working with Adobe Illustrator and Fusion 360, it is not required for participation. All participants will be introduced to these two software applications and gain a working knowledge in both over the duration of Digi-Fab Discovery.

Digi-Fab Discovery is a three-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Our students live on the historic U-M campus, make work in their own studio, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to studio classes, students will learn about the college admission process, career opportunities, and how to create a competitive portfolio. To conclude the program, participants mount an exhibition of their work and host a reception for friends and family.


Digi-Fab Discovery is an intensive residential program introducing participants to the digital fabrication resources at the Stamps School of Art & Design. Digi-Fab Discovery students will participate in both studio classes and labs to create their work. In studio classes, students will receive instruction from Stamps faculty and staff on the digital fabrication technology supported by the Digi-Fab Studio. In labs, students will develop and output their designs under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff. Digi-Fab Discovery will include instruction on the vinyl cutter, laser cutters and 3D printers. Students will also be introduced to and gain fluency in Adobe Creative Cloud and to Fusion 360 in this program. It is recommended that students have a basic working knowledge of these tools prior to participating in Digi-Fab Discovery, though it is not required.

Our curriculum is further enhanced through:

  • Presentations on portfolio preparation and the college admissions process
  • Portfolio reviews with Stamps Admissions Team
  • Tours of Central and North Campus
  • Field trips to Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Heidelberg Project, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
  • An exhibition of work produced during the program

July 5 - July 25, 2020


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Application Available: February 1, 2020
Early Action Deadline: March 1, 2020
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

The following materials are required:

  • A portfolio of 5-8 images of your work
  • A 250 word personal statement
  • High school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from an art teacher, academic teacher, counselor or mentor
  • A recent photo following MCard Photo Policy (below).
  • Photos should resemble a passport photo.
  • The photo must be in color.
  • The individual must be looking into the camera (both eyes visible).
  • Hats, sunglasses or otherwise visually obstructive items may not be worn. Religious headwear is permitted.
  • There may not be any words on the photo (this is a common problem with senior photos).
  • The individual’s entire face must be seen (a common problem with close up webcam photos).
  • The photo must be in JPEG (.jpeg) format.

Digi-Fab Discovery 2020 costs $3500 and includes tuition, room, board (3 meals a day), supplies and field trips. Students are encouraged to bring extra spending money for snacks, laundry, entertainment and souvenirs.

Housing & Dining

Digi-Fab Discovery participants live just a short distance away from Stamps in Bursley Hall. Located on North Campus, Bursley Hall is a mixed-gender residence hall featuring laundry facilities, floor lounges, a computer lab complete with printers and scanners, and music practice rooms.

Bursley Hall is also the primary dining facility for BFA Preview. Learn more about the delicious and nutritious offerings at Bursley here.


Scholarships are available to select students who have been accepted into the program. Students seeking financial assistance for Stamps Pre-College Studios must complete the “Financial Assistance” section of the SlideRoom application with the help of a parent/guardian and provide all required materials. A limited number of full and partial awards will be provided to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

If the application fee presents financial hardship, students may request a fee waiver by emailing us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Michigan residents may also apply for the Watson A. Young Scholarship, an initiative supported by the University of Michigan’s Center for Educational Outreach. The Watson A Young scholarship was established to support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.


Contact us with any questions about our Pre-College programs.