In this programme we teach theories, methods, and tools for designing human-centred innovation. This includes design processes, user participation in design, work practice studies, human machine interaction, IT technologies, design team learning, design visualisation and communication.
The course curriculum is divided into four semesters:
1st: Design Research Horizon
2nd: Participatory Practices
3rd: Research Organisation
4th: Master Thesis - Graduation Project
See programme structure (overview)
During your studies, you will work within the design studio and learn through intensive projects and seminars to explore the hot topics in designing; some will be individual, but most projects will be conducted in pairs or larger teams.
Having completed the 1st semester students are given the opportunity to choose between two study specialisations:
Participatory Innovation educates students in how to critically understand and facilitate a product and service innovation process in a complex social context with a range of stakeholders.
Embodied Design provides competencies in designing products and services on, for, or in close interaction with the human body.
You are also encouraged to identify your own interests, and strengths and to select projects accordingly.
What do we expect from you?
To apply for the IT Product Design programme you need an excellent level in your bachelor degree of industrial design, engineering, business, anthropology or communication. You need a strong creative talent, teamwork competencies, and you must be independent and good at taking initiatives. Also, you need strong analytical and academic skills, as well as be capable of expressing ideas visually.
Besides the grade records, you are admitted based on you portfolio of creative works and motivation statement. You are then interviewed as part of the selection process.
As this is an international programme, you naturally need high proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as have passed either a TOEFL, IELTS or CAE/CPE test.