After-School -or- Weekends!

CIADC Teen-Specific Classes Are Here!

12 to 19-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+ can also enroll in our 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

Metal Casting for Teens – fundamentals of casting metal, 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, forging, welding, and hands-on constructing of 3D objects!

Digital Fabrication/CNC for Teens – fundamentals of 2D/3D computer aided design and CNC output (CNC router and 3D printer) for digital fabrication of physical 3D objects!

Woodworking for Teens – fundamentals of design for construction, wood properties, proper hand and shop tool use, traditional and alternative processes, 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 12-19


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