CIADC Teen-Specific Classes Are Here!

12 to 15-year-olds are invited to join us in applying Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math to real-world making. Our instructors are experts at instilling a safe, hands-on, and creative work environment. 

Ages 16+ are invited to enroll in our adult programming.

"I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with my hands from a young age, and to have mentors guide me along the way. My initial interests led me to a career in object design, engineering, and prototyping..."

"...equally important were the transferable skill sets I learned while creating objects in a shop setting. The gained responsibility, confidence, critical thinking, problem-solving, and empowerment shaped who I am today. This is the mission of CIADC. To offer these same opportunities and benefits to as many people as possible." - Matthew Runfola, Founder, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center

Casting for Teens – fundamentals of casting materials, mold making processes, and hands-on casting of 3D objects!

Metalworking & Forging for Teens – fundamentals of design for fabrication, metal properties, proper hand and shop tool use, cold- and hot-processes, and hands-on constructing of 3D objects!

3D CAD for Teens – fundamentals of 3D computer aided design for scaled object design, rendering, and construction of physical 3D objects!

Woodworking for Teens – fundamentals of design for construction, wood properties, proper hand and shop tool use, and hands-on construction of 3D objects!

We welcome you to visit us to see our facilities at any time. 


Tuition Assistance Is Now Available to Qualified Families of Teens, Ages 12-17


For details and eligibility guidelines, please CLICK HERE, or contact us.

Refer a Friend 10% Discount


Bring a Friend to a CIADC Core Class and both of you receive 10% Back!

Please Note: At least one of you must be NEW to CIADC (not have taken a 1/2-term or full-term Core Class previously), and have yet to register for Class. Cannot be combined with any other discount offer

To receive the refund, you need to:

  1. Both individually register for your Core Class; You do NOT have to be in the same Class to receive the discount

  2. Email us at info@ciadc.org with your and your friend's names and both registration Order Numbers

After we receive the email, we will refund 10% of the tuition to you and your friend. One discount per person per term; BOTH registrations and the email must be received before the start of the Class