Course structure

Program structure

The goal of the two-year Industrial Design master’s degree program is to turn you into a self-starting industrial designer with a unique skills profile. Together with your coaches, you will develop this profile based on your identity, your perspective of design, technology and society, your professional ambitions and the areas of expertise you want to master.

Areas of expertise

Our educational approach is based around five areas of expertise:

  • Creativity and Aesthetics
  • Technology and Realization
  • Users and Society
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Math, Data and Computing

You will work on all five areas and choose two – in addition to design and research processes – to specialize in. See the online education guide for more information about the areas of expertise.

Tracks

The way you will eventually apply the specific orientation, knowledge and skills from the different areas of expertise depends on the track you choose. The tracks are based on job opportunities for industrial design graduates, preparing you for your entry into the job market or academy. You can choose the track that matches your professional ambitions.

  • Research, Design and Development
    Are you aiming to work in the R&D or design department of a large company or government institute?
  • Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    Are you a future design manager or entrepreneur?
  • Constructive Design Research
    Are you looking to contribute to the international design research community?

See the online education guide for more information about the different tracks.

Study activities

To support the development of your unique profile, you will choose courses and projects that match your vision, ambitions and specialization. You have the responsibility to shape your own development and the power to select the majority of your course program, of course under the supervision of your coaches. In addition to two mandatory courses and electives, the backbone of this course program is made up of projects. You can find the full curriculum in the online education guide, along with an overview of all study activities.

Projects

In our competence-based educational approach, you immediately apply what you learn. In authentic design or research projects you will integrate the knowledge, skills and mindset you learn in your areas of expertise. In addition, you will develop your academic and professional skills while working on your projects, often in collaboration with a ‘real’ client – a company, government institute or NGO.