Industrial Design Engineering - English - 3 years - Full-time

You could be the next bright engineer and design a DIY drone, which helps Doctors without Borders work more safely and effectively in warzones. You could develop interior solutions for urban young professionals. Or create a human-powered toy to comfort refugee children. On the three-year, full-time Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) programme you’ll learn how to develop smart new solutions for future challenges.

The first semester of IDE provides you with the basic industrial design engineering knowledge and skills. You’ll apply this immediately in your first design project. After that you can specialise in four dynamic semesters. During this time, you’ll work for real clients on integrated projects supported by workshops and skills training. You can choose a minor, a programme at another university, or an exchange abroad for a semester. In the final semester, you’ll put your skills to the test in an individual innovation project for a client or your own company.

Structure of Industrial Design Engineering - English - 3 years - Full-time

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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

There are a lot of introductory workshops in year one. You’ll be continually working on design projects on IDE. From day one you’ll be convincing real companies and NGOs, like Bosch or Doctors without Borders, how your brilliant ideas can fill a gap in the market. In the first semester, you’ll reinforce your new professional experience with workshops and skills in the Basics of IDE. This includes user research, construction, business and personal branding, visual communication, prototyping and learning the necessary 2D/3D software programmes.

In year one, you’ll also get to make your first choice for the second semester. Will you go for Product Engineering, Strategic Design or Design Aesthetics and Perception? Your choice is important because it focuses your area of expertise.

There are three profiles in IDE: Explorer, Creator and Entrepreneur. Some semesters focus on one or two of these profiles, so you can choose what fits you best.


Semester A
Basics of IDE - Explorer, Creator, Entrepeneur
Semester B, choose from:
Product Engineering - Creator, Entrepeneur
Design Aesthetics and Perception - Explorer, Creator
Responsible Design - Explorer, Entrepreneur

Year 2

The second year and first half of the third year are the main phase.

The second year and first half of the third year are the main phase.

It’s time to put the individual competences you’ve developed in year one into practice. In the main phase, you’ll choose three more options from the extended semester menu. Each semester offers a real-life group project and a chance to take your individual development to the next level.
The results of each semester are showcased at our design expo in week 15. For example, a group of students designed the Jänborsa, a solar cooking bag which allows Ethiopian women to cook meals for their family without electricity. How could such a crazy idea possibly work? On IDE, you’ll turn serious ideas into viable business plans by closely involving end-users and stakeholders in the design process.

Preliminary menu for semesters C, D and E (first half year 3):

Name Profile
 Prototyping and Craftmanship
 Smart Object
 Responsible Design
Explorer, Entrepreneur
 Design with Nature Explorer, Creator
 Economics of Design for (Mass) Production
Creator, Entrepeneur
 International Insights Research Explorer
 Exploring New Technologies Explorer
 Entrepeneurship Entrepeneur
 Service Design and Design Thinking
Explorer, Creator, Entrepeneur
 Design Agency Explorer, Creator, Entrepeneur
 Autonomous project Explorer, Creator, Entrepeneur
 Minor at THUAS  -
 Minor at different university  -
 Exchange abroad  -
 Plus the one you already did in Semester B  
 Product Engineering Creator, Entrepeneur
 Strategic Design Explorer, Creator, Entrepeneur
 Design Aesthetics and Perception Explorer, Creator

Please note: Semesters are offered when enough students enrol for them. If there’s a lot of interest, a semester is offered twice a year. You’ll indicate your first and second choices for all semesters at the end of Basics of IDE in semester A. We’ll do our best, but we can’t guarantee your first choice.

Year 3

Semester E

In semester E, you take your last choice semester from the main phase menu (see year two). You can also do a minor or exchange if you didn’t in year two.

Semester F: Graduation project

Your graduation project is an individual test to see if you can do an open innovation project. You can either work for a client, like you’ve done before, or set up your own company based on one of your designs or ideas. During this project you’ll demonstrate level 3 competencies to examiners in your graduation presentation.


Shape your degree

During year three, you’ll get the chance to specialise as a product designer by following a minor, either in IDE, at another THUAS faculty, or even another university. You could apply for Sustainable Product Design or Packaging Design at THUAS. Or choose to do a minor via Kies-op-Maat, or abroad at one of our partner universities. The minor creates your identity as an open innovator and gives you the expertise to help you stand out in the job market.

Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

A state-of-the-art 3D protolab, including 3D printers and a laser cutter and a modern workshop equipped with all the tools you need for lo-fi and hi-fi prototyping. These facilities create the ultimate co-creation setting. You’ll work in project groups taught by approachable staff. To top it off, we organise plenty of insightful excursions. We visit Dutch Design Week, Today’s Art and IKEA’s European Concept Store.

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Contact the programme

If you have any further questions about admission requirements and enrolment, please e-mail and for questions about studying at IDE please e-mail Lenny van Onselen at
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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

We do everything we can to make your time on IDE run smoothly. You’ll have the support of an academic career coach, who’ll guide you as you choose semester options and develop your design portfolio and professional profile. If you’re experiencing any study problems, your coach will help you develop effective learning strategies. They can help you improve your time management skills, or find the right person to answer more complicated questions. They’ll also support you if you have any personal problems that may affect your schoolwork.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year. 

If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative Study Advice (NBSA).

Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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