Course structure

The bachelor’s program Industrial Design is a three-year program of 180 ECTS. The bachelor’s program consists of the following learning activities.


Design projects are the backbone of the curriculum. You select the projects that match your learning goals. Within the projects you integrate and develop your competencies in an authentic context, often including a real (business) client or research group. A project coach supports and assesses your project. At the end of each semester you present the results during a ‘demo day’. 

Design courses

These core design courses offer you the solid foundation you need as a designer. There are courses in many different areas. From developing ideas to applying technology, and from user research to interaction design. 

Basic courses

In addition to your major, you follow a number of basic courses such as calculus, applied physics and engineering design. These courses give you the solid foundation you need as an engineer. Professional skills such as teamwork and communication become part of your character. 


You can also develop your competencies by taking ID-specific courses or electives from other departments. Ultimately, you decide on your own development. 

USE courses

A part of your electives includes the so-called USE subjects. USE stands for User, Society and Enterprise. These 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. 

External learning activities

The first half of the third year is characterized by gaining experience outside the boundaries of the department. You can opt for an internship at a company in the Netherlands or elsewhere, take courses at another university or do an exchange abroad.