Industrial Design Engineering - English

Here at IDE, students are seen more as innovators than trained designers. That’s because the IDE programme includes three pillars: (human centered) Research, Design, and Entrepreneurship. You could be the next bright engineer who invents a simple wearable, which, if worn by the entire population, reduces the smog in Beijing. To learn how to co-create useful and sustainable ideas, year one will dissect every aspect of the contemporary design process via integrated projects with supporting courses. Additionally, in year two we will put these skills to the test in an individual design project and international research project abroad. In year three you will do a minor before concluding the year with your individual graduation project.

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Structure of Industrial Design Engineering - English

Working in class


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hours of the curriculum

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in year one

Year 1

The first-year is the foundation (propaedeutic) year

Rest assured, although there will a lot of introductory courses in the first year we won’t bury you in books. On the contrary, from day one at IDE you will communicate with real companies and NGOs like ING, Philips and Doctors without Borders on how your killer idea can fill a possible gap in their market. To accompany the professional experience you will gain from working together with these assignment providers you will need to be taught the basics, which include: communication, prototyping, mechanics, technical designing but also user research and personal branding. The latter is important because it will make clear what your field of expertise will be and which methods you would like to master? Furthermore, in year one, you will follow a course called Community Design, where we discuss the dynamics of working together with different users in an increasingly connected world. The central question during this course is how these dynamics influence the production process.


Block 1
Project Communities
Personal Branding
Cultural Differences
Visualisation & Communication
Block 2
Project Future
Basics of Technology
Mechanics & Mathematics
Visualisation & Communication
Block 3
Project Society and You
Design Exploration
User Research
Visualisation & Communication
Drag sideways

Year 2

Delve deeper

All individual competences you will learn in year one will be tested in year two by letting you go through an entire designing process. Much like Dragon’s Den, a board of experts will select the most viable ideas you and your fellow students come up with and then allocate groups to each project. To give you an example: last year one group of students designed the Jänborsa, a solar cooking bag which lets Ethiopian women cook meals for their family without the use of electricity. How could such a mad idea possibly work, you wonder? Well, it’s by closely involving end-users and stakeholders in the design process that IDE students are able to turn all their serious ideas of year two into viable business plans. These business designs are, in the end, showcased at our very own exposition.

You will find that tastes differ. And international tastes differ even more. That’s why in the fourth module of year two, students will get to conduct an explorative research at an international company for one of their own ideas. You could examine the market potential for one of your ideas at an established company like BOSCH, or render the blue prints of a cost-efficient education system in a Nigerian county.

Year 3

Minors and graduation project

Open Innovation at IDE can be best described according to the 4 i’s: the itch to solve a common problem, the insight you then acquire through research; the idea that flows from it and the impact this idea has on society. In year three it will be up to you to successfully implement these four facets during your graduation project. But don’t start picturing yourself standing next to your masterpiece just yet. Because module one and two of year three first offers you a choice of minors to follow, such as the online Entrepreneurship and Innovation course. That way you’re left with no surprises as you kick start your career as a product pioneer.

Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

We assume your time at IDE will run smoothly. But, if you are experiencing any study problems, we offer personal assistance. A coach can help you keep track of your study progress and further guide your career development. He or she can help you improve your time-management skills for example, or find the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions. He or she will also support you if you have any personal problems that can adversely affect your schoolwork.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

In the first year, you are expected to earn at least 50 of the 60 credits available. In some cases, as part of the 50 credits, you will need have passed a certain subject.

If you fulfil all requirements, the Examination Board will issue a positive study advice and you can continue with your degree programme. If you fail to meet these requirements, you will be issued a negative binding study advice and will be required to leave the degree programme.

The Examination Board may take personal circumstances into consideration, such as illness or participation in professional sports. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The study advice may be deferred, possibly with certain conditions attached that must be fulfilled during the following academic year.

You are personally responsible for your academic progress, so make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well.


Shape your degree

During year three you will get the chance to specialise as a product designer by following a minor, either at IDE, at another THUAS faculty, or even at another university. Some students apply for Sustainable Product Design at the Instituo Europeo di Design in Barcelona, or Packaging Design at the Mid Sweden University. At THUAS we offer one minor, namely Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which teaches you that any idea stands or falls by the business plan that accompanies it. The things you will learn during this minor will not only allow you to surf through your graduation project. They will also make your brilliant idea a more feasible one.

Working methods

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

A state of the art 3D printer, a laser cutter, and a modern workshop fully equipped with all the tools you will need for prototyping. These are just a few of the facilities IDE has to offer you. Quite new to the programme is our open source network where students comment on each other’s ideas. All these facilities create the ultimate ‘co-creation’ experience. On top of that we organise plenty of insightful excursions. To name a few, IDE students visit the Dutch Design Week, Today’s Art and the concept store of design giant IKEA.

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