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

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