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Certificate in Digital Design & Fabrication

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 6
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Monday 23rd January 2023 at 6.00pm

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Learn industry based CAD / CAM software
  • Learn modern manufacturing Technologies such as 3D Printing / CNC machining
  • Take a design idea from concept through to manufacture

Course Summary

This 1-year part-time level 6 programme is designed for anyone wanting to gain knowledge of product design, prototyping and fabrication using digital computer-controlled processes. The programme is co-delivered by DkIT and Creative Spark, Dundalk.

Important notice about this course


The programme will introduce students to the various digital design process used in product and machine design. Students will use 3D based CAD systems to design and simulate products and machine parts operations. Then using this data, they will prototype components using such processes as 3D printing and CNC machining.

Following a design methodology student will design products and components and gain an understanding of the stages of the product development life-cycle, from project planning, concept developments, market requirements, design, analysis, prototyping and testing. The student will gain an understanding of creative design methods, material selection and manufacturing processes used for rapid prototyping.


Semester 1:

  • Introduction to 3D CAD
  • Design & innovation
  • Digital Fabrication

Semester 2:

  • Advanced 3D CAD
  • Digital Design & Fabrication Project

The course is delivered using a combination of online and in-class study. Students must have access to a computer and broadband internet connectivity.

Draft timetable

Mondays 7.00-9.00pm - Webinar (Recorded - not live) 
Tuesdays 6.00-9.00pm - Online CAD tutorial (recorded for playback on DKIT student learning platform)
Thursdays 6.00-9.00pm - Online tutorial (recorded for playback on DKIT student learning platform)
Fridays 1.00pm-5.00pm - Workshop-based activities in DKIT

The course fee is €1,500. The fee is payable as follows:

  • Application Fee = €50 (Non-refundable if you are made an offer of a course place)
  • Accept Offer Fee = €100 (non-refundable)
  • Instalment 1 of €600 is payable by  28th February
  • Instalment 2 of €750 is payable by 31st October

Applicants are required to hold a minimum level 5/6 certificate or relevant industry work experience.
Applicants applying using work experience alone will be required to complete an interview as per the recognition of prior learning policy.

This course is best suited to people with an interest in CAD, machine design, product design, manufacturing, CNC machining or 3D printing.

Paul Durcan (Lecturer / Programme Director)

Course ID DK_ECDDF_6
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 6
Duration 1 Year
Fees €1500
Starting Date Monday 23rd January 2023 at 6.00pm
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 30
Awarding Body DkIT
Delivery Method Blended