Study Programme

The First year of industrial design

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 rst module gives beginner students a representative picture of the Industrial Design programme. You will be introduced to the phases of an (industrial) design process, design skills, design techniques and you will acquire basic technical knowledge. With the task of designing a consumer product, 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, Production 1, Technical Product Modelling 1 and Discovery all t within the project. The rst 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 the development and (physical) realisation of a product concept. 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 the module Ideation. 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 (Production 1). 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 Mechanics of Materials and Mathematics.

Module 4: Smart products

The last module of the first year centers how to design a product that behaves intelligently. You will do this using a combination of mechanics, electronics and software solutions. As part of a design team that is given a general assignment for developing a ‘smart product’. Your team will start by analysing the target group. The next step will be to generate the most suitable product concept. 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.

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