Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Take the Master’s in IDE and discover the full potential of the interaction between design and engineering.
Ten years ago, many of today’s products did not exist or were nothing more than prototypes of their current selves. Ten years from now, these same products will have evolved still further, maybe thanks to you. The Master’s in IDE gives you the know-how to make it happen. This programme combines design, engineering, technology and the social sciences. You will go beyond the mere circuitry of electronic equipment to design and improve products that are part of people’s everyday lives. You will consider their safety, affordability and sustainability, with the user experience as a key frame of reference. It takes professionals with a wide array of skills to develop consumer products. At the University of Twente you will not only learn how to design a product on paper, but explore the whole product development chain to become a professional product developer. The world needs well-rounded developers with a feeling for the integrated development of smart technologies. Fast-developing technologies in combination with ever shorter time-to-market will only increase the demand for IDE professionals who are able to cross traditional boundaries and apply a wide range of skills.
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.
Human Technology Relations:
One can consider Industrial Design Engineering the discipline that makes technology available for users, since a sole technology, like â€˜a lab on a chipâ€™ is not graspable for people. In order to solve diseases or monitor blood sugar levels for people that suffer from diabetes, such a technology needs an interface to the world of the patient. In the master track Human Technology Relations, one learns to design such connections between people and technology from a people oriented perspective. Two insights are central to this objective: At first, the people oriented designer knows the problems, aims, concerns and aspirations of individuals, collectives and societies, and he or she is able to translate these into feasible product design solutions. Secondly, the people oriented designer is able to create beautiful things. Because â€œattractive things really do work betterâ€ (Donald Norman, 2004). To achieve this, the master track consists of a set of mandatory courses -ranging from emotional design to philosophy of technology- which creates the basis for the people oriented perspective on design engineering. On top of that one can choose electives for individual specialization.
Emerging Technology Design:
Many theoretical breakthroughs and new technological principles are rarely applied because nobody translates them into a product or application. In this specialization you will learn how to bring new and state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market instead of introducing a technology for a single, specific product. This can turn an expensive technology with a limited field of applicability into a more affordable option as it makes the transition to mass production. Consumer products can also be modified and new products brought to market thanks to new, highly advanced technologies (e.g. fuel cells) or technologies that make it possible to produce new shapes (e.g. hydroforming) or technologies that reduce the cost of production (e.g. composite materials that result in fewer parts). Another goal of this specialization is to reduce the distance between the research environment, industry and the market. This specialization will train you to be an industrial designer with a solid background in cutting-edge technologies.
Management of Product Development:
When launching new products, it is essential to progress through the product development stages quickly and efficiently, from initial concept through to finished product. In this specialization, you will learn to effectively manage the product creation process and to communicate with a variety of target groups, both internal and external (i.e. clients and suppliers). While the product development manager is not always directly involved in a product's design, he or she needs to be aware of various design techniques in order to successfully lead multi-disciplinary design teams. This may include generating a product development plan, drafting recommendations for the organization of a productâ€™s development, organizing a feasibility study and optimizing a productâ€™s life cycle.
Academic degree: BSc-degree (or equivalent) of an engineering based, rather than a design program of high quality and level.
Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 75% of the maximum score
Personal motivation: Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
Accredited by: nvao in: Netherlands
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