Next to self-directed learning and competence development, the educational model of Industrial Design is challenge-based. Challenge-based learning means that students work together on challenging and authentic projects in which multiple perspectives or disciplines are incorporated to solve the challenge (for example by working within interdisciplinary groups) using an entrepreneurial mindset. The Department of Industrial Design focuses on designing through five different perspectives (called Expertise Areas), addressed in core courses and electives:
- math, data and computing
- user and society
- technology and realization
- business and entrepreneurship
- creativity and aesthetics
Within project groups called squads, students learn to make connections between the different perspectives, thereby coming to innovations within specific professional and societal contexts; the challenges. Within the squads, students work together with and gain formative feedback from scientific staff, experts from the field, companies and organizations.
Are you an Industrial Design student from one of our partner universities abroad, interested in joining TU/e's Industrial Design program for one semester? We warmly welcome you to our department! Industrial Design has agreements with many universities. Check the complete overview.
For more general information on exchange, scholars ships, Erasmus and services for exchange students, please visit the pages of TU/e’s international office.
Bachelor exchange students will join the Industrial Design students in the second year. As a bachelor's exchange student you can participate in four elective courses and one project that you will do in the context of a squad. Before diving into our course offer, please read the general information on the bachelor's program.
As a master's exchange student you can take two elective courses and do one group design project in the context of a squad. Before diving into our course offer, please read the general information on the master's program.