In the first year, you will acquire a broad foundation in various disciplines, such as Mathematics & Design, Mechanics & Materials Science, Design & Manufacturing and Electronics & Ergonomics. You spend approximately half your time on practical projects and tutorials.
Module 1: Design
The first module gives beginner students a representative picture of the Industrial Design programme. You will be introduced to the phases of an (industrial) design process, you will be introduced to design skills and design techniques and you will acquire basic technical knowledge. In this initial module you will also be given the task of designing a consumer product. As you do so, you will get familiar with the various phases involved in all design processes and the steps you have to take within those phases. The two module sections Design Sketching and Introduction to Industrial Design are closely linked to the project. The complementary subjects are mathematics plus technical module sections on statics and materials. You will discover how forces and distortions affect products and the consequences of material behaviour on choices of materials.
Module 2: Concept creation
The focus in the second module is on creating a concept. You will learn how to design a consumer product, with an emphasis on generating and visualizing (partial) solutions that take into account the form, functionality and (technical) feasibility. The module sections on Construction Technology, Production Systems, Technical Product Modelling and Discovery all fit in with the project. The first three module sections focus on (technical) feasibility, whereas in Discovery you will learn to make designs based on abstractions, and to design artefacts or objects. The complementary subject is Mathematics.
Module 3: Realization of concepts
The focus in the third module is on developing a concept into a product. You will examine the relationships between geometry, the material and the production process and also take a look at both small-series production and mass production. This module builds on Module 2. You will add detail to a concept and immediately apply the knowledge you have gained, turning a small-series product into a working prototype, together with your project group. You will work out the product for mass production in detail on paper. The module sections Design Sketching 2 and Production 2 are closely linked to the project. The complementary subjects are Rigidity & Robustness and Mathematics.
Module 4: Smart products
The last module of the first year centres how to design a product that behaves intelligently. You will do this using a combination of mechanics, electronics and software solutions. You will be part of a design team that is given a general assignment for developing a ‘smart product’. Your team will start by analyzing the target group. The next step will be to generate several product concepts; the most suitable one is then selected. The result is a design with a prototype. Your challenge will be to find a balance between the partial solutions found in the various domains (mechatronics, sensors and software). You will also look at human-product interaction when a user interface is tested in practice.
Read more about the modules in the second year here.