Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture (Certificate) (January 2022)

University of Limerick (22CTDFDMUFBD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

General Information

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Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX

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About this Course

Applications for this course open Monday 13th September 2021. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th December 2021.

The 'Certificate in Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture' gives participants an insight into new technologies in digital fabrication and design that are underpinning a manufacturing revolution, and covering a broad range of technologies that offer the prospects of on-demand, urban manufacturing, with more localized, flexible and sustainable production.

Fab Lab Limerick, where the course is based, is a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing hub, part of the University of Limerick and based in Limerick City Centre. The space is equipped with technologies such as 3D printing, Laser Cutting and CNC milling, accessible to designers, craft-persons, entrepreneurs and industry.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme is open to all candidates. There is no minimum educational requirement and applications are assessed by the academic staff involved in the programme to assess the applicants motivation and ability to complete the programme successfully.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.

Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received.

Long Description

This course offers the latest advancements and new technologies, innovations in fields of digital fabrication and design. And combines a range of teaching methods, theory, software and hardware tutorials, online tutorials and presentations.

The course is suitable for beginners of any level, though effective completion requires self-direction and task, time and resource management.

The course involves:
A 'design studio' approach: an open environment (digital and physical) to complete project work, share resources and learning with teaching staff and fellow students
Lectures on the state-of-the-art in digital fabrication, practical projects and talks with experts on prototyping and innovation in their respective fields
Participants will gain expertise in software tools, knowledge in a broad range of Computer Aided Design in 2D, 3D and Computer Aided Manufacturing.
Expertise in machine operation. Operation of a broad range of digital fabrication equipment - 3D printers, Laser Cutters and CNC routers as well as programming, coding and electronics related to prototyping. The course will be marked by continuous portfolio assessment. Dependencies on the lab space will be managed as noted below.

AR2001: Fab Learning Portfolio
CA4003: Career Development
AR4367: Digital Technology

Timetable Info

Approx. 10 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time course. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here:

Delivery Notes


RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €173.50 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable fee of €173.50, as an acceptance of offer.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)