MSc in Industrial Design
Intelligent products and systems
Products are becoming more and more active, and at the same time constantly less visible in the environment. The advent of computer technology has enabled a much subtler and richer interaction between products, their users and the environment. For example a phone is no longer just a device with which to call someone, but it also lets you send e-mails, take photos and films or store files. Developments in the field of information processing and interchange are rapid, and bring with them a wide range of challenges and issues. To address these effectively requires engineers with the ability to match technology to the real needs and wishes of users. Students in the Industrial Design Master’s program focus on intelligent products, systems and services, which possess what is often referred to as ‘ambient intelligence’.
After the first year you choose for one of the ‘specializations in career’; design, or design research. Next to this you also choose for one of the ‘specializations in content’; technology, user focus or design. In this process you will be working closely with one of the research groups, being: Designed Intelligence, User Centred Engineering, Business Process Design and Designing Quality in Interaction.
Research profile of the department
Industrial Design has three research groups. The first is Designed Intelligence, which focuses on embedded systems and information and communication technology. Then, in User Centered Design, the emphasis is on research into users (system interaction). Finally, Design Theory and Strategy is the branch of research that primarily investigates the design, the result and the process between them. The central focus of the Industrial Design program is the relationship between the user and the (intelligent) product or service. Careful attention is given to both developments in technology and trends and socio-cultural changes. A central theme in the coming years will be the technology referred to by ‘ambient care’ applied to healthcare and wellness. Research and teaching are very closely linked in Industrial Design.
There are a number of general requirements for admission to Master’s degree programs:
-- You must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to enable you to complete the TU/e Master’s degree program to which you wish to be admitted.
-- You must be able to demonstrate sufficient command of the language in which the program is taught.
-- To prove sufficient command of the English language you should submit an Academic IELTS or TOEFL test.
-- There may be additional specific requirements for specific programs, also depending on the nature of your prior education.
-- A portfolio (a link to a website or PDF file) with your own work is highly recommended.