MS DMT 739



The Master of Science in Digital and Material Technologies Capstone is the culmination of the academic course of study.

Collapsing digital technologies and material systems into a cohesive framework of study, Digital and Material Technologies concentration focuses on cutting-edge research in advanced fabrication techniques, digital design and material systems. The interactions of matter and energies in a design practice is driven at all stages of design and production by complex constraints and feedbacks from manufacturing, environment and human interaction. The program focuses on the relationship to digital and material design and output, providing motivated students with an opportunity to pursue architectural innovation within a context where design, composition and modes of production for scales from wearables to buildings have radically changed due to an increasing sophistication and pervasiveness of computationally driven design and fabrication technologies.

The DMT project-based research led by innovative faculty in the college’s world class Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) provides a powerful platform for motivated students to explore novel construction approaches of designed objects at various scales. Candidates work in small collaborative teams with faculty at Taubman College and across campus in departments such as Material Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Interaction, Art & Design and the Center for Sustainable Systems.

Participants are expected to apply new skills and knowledge towards advancing the discipline through their research projects. Intensive and research-based, participants are required to document their research and project-based work in partial fulfillment of their degree. Outside expert discussion is integrated into the MS Capstone through a series of reviews.


Mackenzie Bruce, Gabrielle Clune,
Ruxin Xie

'Cocoon: 3D Printed Clay Formwork for Concrete Casting'

Ben Lawson,
Sarah Nail

“Fabrication Education Through Mixed Reality”