Win a Scholarship for Fabricademy Barcelona 2021-2022


Distributed Design Platform and Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC are offering two scholarships for Europe based designers to attend Fabricademy Barcelona 2021-22.

Postgraduate Diploma in Fabricademy: Textile and Technology Academy (Fabricademy Barcelona) is a 6-month course at the intersection of digital fabrication, textiles and biology. It hopes to benefit and increase the number of designers and creatives that self-produce goods and stimulate new forms of material and textile design.

Distributed Design is a European Platform co-Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It aims to support and connect creatives, designers, makers, and innovators to participate in the creation of a new model of production and consumption – Distributed Design envisions a world in which “bits travel globally, while atoms stay local.” The Platform is coordinated by Fab Lab Barcelona and comprises 17 member organisations from 13 countries in Europe including the Danish Design Centre, Innovation Centre Iceland and Polifactory, Politecnico di Milano. The platform delivers over 40 events yearly to audiences on and offline of over 1 million. Platform activities include residencies, Awards and Summer Schools, in 2021 this may also include programming such as Maker to Market Accelerator, which Scholarship winners will be invited to join.

The scholarship covers 40% of the total tuition costs of the Fabricademy program for two designers as well as the opportunity to participate in yearly activities of the Distributed Design Platform.

Postgraduate Diploma in Fabricademy at Fab Lab Barcelona

The program explores the interrelation of human-technology-environment through the notions of embodiment, materiality, ecodesign, biodesign, performance, smart textiles and digital fabrication. 

Fabricademy at Fab Lab Barcelona equips students with the skills and knowledge to become key players in an emerging sustainable future of textiles. Through the program, we are developing and implementing a new approach on how to create, produce and distribute textile and fashion elements, by using distributed manufacturing infrastructures and knowledge networks.

Through hands-on learning techniques and critical reflection, students are mentored by Anastasia Pistofidou, co-founder of Material and Textile research body FabTextiles at Fab Lab Barcelona, and Fabricademy. The international IAAC environment welcomes students from 68 countries and over 200 disciplines, which provides all students on campus the opportunity to expand their professional and personal experiences.

👉 Read more about the program here 👈

How to apply for the Scholarship

To apply please fill in this form by March 25th. Applications may be made in Spanish or English.



Application timeline

→  March 1st: Applications open

→  March 25th: Applications close

March 26th – 30th April 5th – 15th: Review by internal jury

March 31st – April 5th April 16th – 20th: Winners acceptance

→ April 5th April 23rd: Scholarship announcement

→ September 21st: Fabricademy Barcelona program starts

A note about COVID-19

Fab Lab Barcelona and the overarching Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) are taking every measure possible to ensure student safety whilst allowing access to the Fab Lab. Classes and access to the lab is managed in respect to local regulations. To learn more about Fab Lab Barcelona’s hybrid learning programs in this blog post.


Terms and conditions

→ Submitted portfolio and statement of motivation must be original and may not infringe on the rights of a third party.

→ Distributed Design organisation its legal entities are not responsible for the authenticity of the information included by the designers in the open call form.

→ Distributed Design organisation and its legal entities are not responsible for claims of plagiarism.

→ Distributed Design organisation its legal entities reserve the right without any compensation to use submitted texts and visual materials for communication purposes; including, but not limited to, press material, brochures, websites and third-party marketing materials.

→ By entering, you agree to these Rules and warrant that you are eligible to enter the Contest.

→ The data will not be transferred unless they are strictly indispensable for the fulfillment of the aforementioned purposes or legal obligation.

→ Designers granted with a scholarship must accept and sign the Scholarship Terms & Conditions agreement in the period established above (see Application timeline). 

→ Students with scholarships must attend 80% of Fabricademy classes. 

→ Students with scholarships must finish the course in the year of enrollment (if COVID-19 does not affect the access to the Fab Lab).

→ Students with scholarships cannot defer their grant for following years.

→ Scholarship recipients agree to participate in Distributed Design Platform activities and related activities and campaigns.