VCAM Design + Making Collaborative
Two summers ago, the VCAM Maker Arts Space launched its inaugural Design + Making Collaborative, an eight-week immersion in design, prototyping, and digital fabrication in partnership with a local community organization. The goal of the program is to connect students and their design skills with area organizations to solve problems presented by those organizations. In addition, students will be invited to explore their own design ideas. While some digital fabrication experience is preferred, the collaborative will also provide training in target areas to enhance skill sets and iterative design planning. Four students will be fully funded for the eight week program that runs from June through July.
Design + Make Toys // Summer 2022
Deadline: March 4, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.
The 2022 Fellowship begins on June 1st and applications are open January 12th. This summer we will be focusing on toy design. Students will be presented with several toy design prompts and challenged to create prototypes. Students will learn digital fabrication techniques and hands on skills. Along the way there will be collaborative activities, group projects, discussions, presentations and much more. Check in on this web page for more details as the date gets closer. Contact Kent Watson at dwatson1 [at] haverford.edu with questions.
How to Apply
Submit a Resume and Cover letter to dwatson1 [at] haverford.edu (subject: Summer%202022%20Fellowship%20Application) . In your cover letter please share relevant experience and why you are interested in the program. Please also include examples of creative or community projects you’ve participated in. You can include images of past work.
- January 12, 2022: Applications Open at Noon
- March 4, 2022: Application Deadline by 11:59 p.m.
- March 11, 2022: Committee Reviews Applications
- March 14, 2022: Interviews begin
- March 18, 2022: Selected Fellows are Invited
- March 31, 2022: Acceptance Commitments Due
In 2021 the Design + Making Fellowship partnered with Playful Learning Landscapes (PLL) an organization dedicated to creating educational interactive objects of play. Students participated in designing, prototyping and creating playful learning landscapes. The work was informed by the design principles and ethos of the PLL team. Students worked hands on and digitally with the ultimate goal of creating safe and durable physical objects that encourage play.
Over the summer of 2020 students partnered with members of E-Nable. E-Nable is a group of dedicated volunteers who work within the medical community to 3D print prosthetics. E-Nable provided guidance and feedback as students prototyped a proposed medical device that gave more autonomy to a double amputee.