Combine design with engineering and technology to create strong products
Will you design some of the great consumer products of the future? Products that don’t just look good, but are also geared to the needs of end users, the production process, packaging requirements and recyclability? In our three-year, English-taught bachelor’s programme Industrial Design Engineering you will learn to combine technology and creativity to design and improve products. Together with fellow students, you will spend time in the workplace designing and making physical and virtual (consumer) products that are practical to use, well designed and in line with users’ needs and wants. If you want to get a solid foundation in technology and engineering and cover a variety of subjects, from mathematics to graphic design and from ergonomics to marketing, Industrial Design Engineering is the right choice for you.
Are you curious what it's like to study Industrial Design Engineering? Cedric shows you a day in his student life.
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In this bachelor’s programme you will go deeper into the technical side of the design process than in other design-oriented bachelor’s programmes. The reason is that we believe technology and design are increasingly intertwined: the more you know about modern technology, the further you can go in designing logical and innovative products. As a leading university of technology, we will teach you to think and work like an engineer. This programme will help you become an academically educated, entrepreneurial designer capable of coming up with surprising solutions. You will learn to research how people think, and use your findings to create products that are attractive, user-friendly and effective. Thanks to your broad training, you will later be able to combine mathematics with creativity, and independent work with participating in interdisciplinary teams.
Studying Industrial Design Engineering in Twente means you will work with current, realistic assignments taken from the business world. The programme is firmly grounded in professional practice. You will work for companies such as Ahrend, Philips and IKEA. For example, your project team might develop a product prototype to present to one of these customers. Quite a few products made by our students have actually ended up in the shops that way.
As an IDE student you will be trained as an entrepreneurial designer (note that UT has been awarded as ‘the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands’ several times). Throughout this Bachelor’s programme, you will gain a firm grasp of the entire design process – from ideas to market introduction – along with all the knowledge of technology, design and marketing that you will need for this. With your knowledge of fundamental science, you will be able to navigate confidently between technical possibilities and market movements.
Like many of the UT’s programmes, Industrial Design Engineering is a small-scale programme, which means that as a student you receive more intensive guidance than you would elsewhere: we invest a lot in personal attention. The atmosphere is informal and pleasant, and the distance between professors and students is small. Your input matters, too: together with our student association, Daedulus, we are constantly improving our education and organizing all sorts of study-related activities.
Quite a lot of our students set up their own company during or after their studies. One of the reasons for this is that we actively encourage initiative and independence – for example, through our project education and the many assignments we give you. You also benefit from guest lecturers from organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, the Rabobank or Novel-T. Our students’ businesses are often small-scale and experimental in nature. Some evolve into larger companies, such as Aryzon and CodeSandbox. Thanks to the combination of disciplines and subjects that make this programme unique, you will have a variety of career paths to choose from when you graduate.
In addition to thorough professional knowledge and skills, you will develop a broad package of 21st-century skills and personal competences in this programme. You develop a working attitude focused on self-reflection and lifelong learning. Our informal, personal approach is aimed at helping you flourish both professionally and personally. You become more entrepreneurial and learn to apply academic knowledge to social practice. We challenge you to look beyond disciplinary and cultural barriers and to work well together with others, like in our strong project-based education. During your time studying Industrial Design Engineering, you will have an unforgettable student experience thanks to our wonderful, green campus and the vibrant student city of Enschede, a city full of knowledge, innovation and fun!