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How Students Can Get Involved at the DFZ!

"As a Student, how can I be a part of the DFZ community?" We've heard you and here is a quick look at all the ways to get involved this fall (and winter) term!
By: DFZ Team
September 22, 2021

Who Is the DFZ?

Well here's a quick Q&A for you to get to know who we are, what we do, where we do it and who we do it with!! More Questions? Check out what we have coming up on IG @designfabricationzone or head to the programming tab on the website for a list of events and workshops that are ongoing throughout the year! 

See You Soon!!

Join the DFZ as we explore beginner-friendly, innovative and experimental design practices! The DFZ offers opportunities for beginner designers, coders, tinkerers and makers free of charge for X University students. DFZ programs expand your creative and professional horizons in the field of design and fabrication. 

Our goal is to centre and demonstrate the expertise of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ technology artists in the industry. We aim to encourage, amplify and create space for diversity in the field of arts, design, technology, research and fabrication. Take a look at our unique offerings facilitated by emerging and established industry practitioners in the city of Toronto!

Things You Can Do with Us!

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Make Collective

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Learn new design workflows every week by joining Make Collective! Make Collective is a supportive, low barrier to entry workshop series for students and professionals to learn the design tools of the trade. Learn to leverage multiple design platforms in tandem alongside a supportive community. Every week, Make Collective is led through a software tutorial to make something to share with the group. Find creative inspiration and peer support among a diverse group of beginners.

DFZ Make Collective: Fall 2021 will run weekly on Wednesdays from Sept 29th - Nov 3rd, 5:30 - 7:30pm

General Admission: $100.00 | DFZ Members and X University Students: Free

We are building our 3D Modelling and Rendering cohort now! Deadline to apply is September 29th, 2021google formEnrol with this google form, external link if you are an X University student.

Keep an eye on the DFZ instagram, external link for opportunities to join future Make Collective cohorts.


Want to pick up some unique creative skills but don’t know where to start? DFZ Clubs are the place for you! 

After a summer of bioplastics, creative coding, and mendingthe DFZ is back this Fall with our second series of Clubs programming! We have an exciting roster of instructors this season to guide you through the basics of AR filters and custom typography design. Join us on Zoom to learn in community with other eager, curious learners and walk away with an AR filter or custom font file of your own. No previous experience necessary. 

DFZ Fall Clubs will run weekly on Tuesdays from Nov. 2nd - 23rd (time TBD). 

General Admission: $30.00 | DFZ members & X University Students: Free!

REGISTRATION COMING SOON! Keep an eye on the DFZ instagram, external link for club updates.


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Emerging Educators

Are you a student designer, technologist or maker? Are you interested in teaching and sharing your skills after graduation? Excited about incorporating specialized technology into your education practice? Then apply to join Emerging Educators!

Emerging Educators is a FREE certificate program for X University students passionate about pursuing a future in education and facilitation in the design and technology industry. Get a competitive edge on your future through our intensive training and placement program!

We are building the Emerging Educators cohort now! Deadline to apply is September 26th, 2021 at 11:59PM EST. Enrol with this google form, external link.

Emerging Educators will run Oct 9th, 14th, 15th, 23rd, and includes a placement at Toolbook Initative Oct 25th - Mar 25th.

More Experiences with the DFZ


The DFZ host's ongoing talks given by current members and alumni, external partners and individuals pushing boundries within their disclipine, special guest speakers and even students. 

Our goal is to create space and give a platform to those who have cool and important work to share and connect attendees (hopefully you) to new schools of thought, career paths or even spart your next great idea.

In the past we have host talks virtually on zoom and more informal talks on IG live. The DFZ has graciously hosted...

In Pursuit of Black Futures:
The Honourable Jean Augustine, external link and Danilo McCallum, external link

The Deep Dives Series: 
1. Quentin VerCetty , external link
2. Nico Taylor, external link - BSAM Canada, external link 
3. Adam Kingsmith, external link - EiQ Tech, external link

Speaker Series:
1. Lloyd Alter, external link - Why Tech Won't Save Us, external link
2. Wyatt Armstrong, external link & Ryan Gorrie, external link - Found Form Lab


Speaker Series Continued:
There and Back Again: Strategies for Imperfect Pivoting with Taiga Robotics, external link

Oct 5th 12-1pm | Register, external link, opens in new window

SugaCayne Designs , external link
Nov 23rd 1-2pm 
Stay tuned on the DFZ social media for registration infor closer to! 

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The Associate Program


Associates are students who get matched with part-time paid and/or for course credit internship positions with an incubated teams at the Studio. Accepted students will go through a matching process to join a startup or creative project from one of our Zones for a 4-month term. Students will offer their time (approximately 4-6 hours per week) to work and learn from the team. Accepted students who do not match with a team, will be kept as part of our associate pool for future opportunities and invited to student-focused programming.

The student and the team will establish a working arrangement, which includes details on compensation, mentorship, scope of work, project timelines and deliverables. Students will also have checkpoints with Studio staff. During the term, students will have full access to all the resources at their Zone, and are invited to attend programming at The Studio.


Apprentices are students volunteering with our media, design fabrication or music teams for a maximum of 8 hours/month.

Applications for Fall 2021 are now open until September 26, 2021.

Learn more here:

2022 Student Grant Competition

The Creative School | Design + Technology Lab x Design Fabrication Zone

... welcome applications for a student grant competition that seeks projects which activate the use of creative tech. Up to ten $500 awards will be given to support student projects.

The competition is open to all Creative School students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Applicants are encouraged to work collaboratively with other Creative School and X University students. You must be an active student for the duration of the project and proposals should be course related and/or your final capstone project.

Applications open in October and close in December! Stay tuned for more details acorss DFZ and The Creative School social!