Course structure

The bachelor’s program consists of the following learning activities: 

  • Projects – you select the ones that match your learning goals  
  • Design courses – the solid foundation you need as a designer 
  • Basic courses – such as calculus, applied physics and engineering design 
  • Electives and USE (User, Society and Enterprise) subjects – develop your competencies with specific courses on industrial design 
  • External learning activities – internships, courses at other universities, or do an exchange abroad

First year

The first year focuses on building an awareness of the areas of expertise related to industrial design. You take four design courses, combined with four basic courses, one design project and two electives, so you can develop the competencies you need as a designer.

Second year

In the second year, about one third of your time is spent on design projects within one of the themes (squads). You select the projects that match your learning goals and, at the end of each semester, you present the results during a ‘demo day’.  

You also take three design courses, linked to the expertise areas, together with one final basic course. In addition, you select a USE learning line (consisting of three consecutive electives). USE courses show how technology always operates in a broader context. Engineers develop technology for users to contribute to solutions for societal problems and to create business opportunities for industry.

Third year

This is when you can really strengthen your own vision and identity, and demonstrate your overall competence of designing in an individual design project. 

The first semester is characterized by gaining experience outside the boundaries of the department. Your choice depends on your personal learning goals. The options are:  

  • An exchange at a foreign university with which Industrial Design has an agreement 
  • An internship at a design agency, or a R&D or design department of a company in the Netherlands or abroad 
  • Elective courses at other TU/e departments or at another university in the Netherlands (minor)  

During the second semester, in addition to a further two courses, you also conduct your final bachelor project. This is a fully individual project in which you demonstrate your ability to develop an interactive system, product and/or service in a societal context.

Areas of expertise

You will take courses in five areas of expertise:

-  Creativity and Aesthetics
-  Technology and Realization
-  User and Society
-  Business and Entrepreneurship
-  Math, Data and Computing

In the projects you will integrate the attitude, skills and knowledge from different areas of expertise, you will learn about design and research processes, and develop your professional skills.
Please check our online Education Guide for more information.