Coffee machines, phones, medical devices; these all need to be ‘designed’. When designing these products, lots of questions need to be asked and answered; What does the customer need? How does the customer expect the product to look? How can the product be manufactured? What materials should be used? How can it be tested beforehand? How should it be brought to market?
The study programme BSc Industrial Design Engineering helps you answer these questions. This unique study programme responds to the growing demand for ID engineers from the design and manufacturing industries.
Programme in brief
The Industrial Design Engineer plays an essential role in the development of new products ranging from medical devices to office furniture. As a designer, you need to understand user needs as well as being able to specify the right materials and manufacturing processes. Industrial Design engineers consider how their work affects society. They make design decisions ensuring the optimum effectiveness of the resources used without compromising the quality or purpose of the product. They are able to act in different cultural settings and are aware of the need for sensitivity when designing and working across international boundaries.
What to expect from us
You can expect to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful ID engineer. In class, during workshops, you get the opportunity to work with different materials like wood, metals, and plastic. Moreover, you can expect us to stay up-to-date with the latest industry developments. We invest in modern tools like 3D-printers and laser cutters.
We will support your development by providing appropriate academic and personal development guidance in all phases of your study. We have an open-door policy; our team of academic and support staff is readily approachable.
What do we expect from you
Are you curious, creative, accurate, and have a drive to create? Are you interested in design, technology, and people? Do you want a career that brings these together while improving existing products or developing new ones? Then we can teach you to make connections between theory and practice so you can apply them appropriately to solve problems you might face when you design.
Most importantly: understand that your success is mainly dependent on the level of effort you are prepared to give to your studies.
What is the programme’s focus?
The complete design process of new products:
- User-centred design
- Concept development
- Marketing, branding and consumer behaviour
- Form Studies and aesthetics
- Model making in wood, metal and plastics
- Prototype building and testing
- Product engineering and production
- And of course; your own personal and professional development
What makes the programme unique?
- An international programme taught in English
- The combination of design and engineering: approximately 60% design and 40% engineering
- No portfolio needed to start the study programme
- Excellent employment perspectives.
Within this study programme, you will learn about the process of designing new products. From concept development and prototyping to production and bringing a product to markets. So, you need to acquire knowledge and skills in a wide range of topics, like aesthetics, production methods, materials, and user-centred-research. You will analyse existing products and learn to design and build your prototypes. You will also learn the commercial aspects involved in bringing a product to market.
Applying theory to practice
From day one, you will apply the theory into practice. Every semester, you work on at least one project and learn to implement your ideas using different machines found in our design and engineering workshops, like our CNC laser cutter and 3D printers. You will also experience working with diverse materials ranging from wood, metals, and plastic.
Many of the projects you work on are in co-operation with companies like Canon or Philips. Such companies are always interested in valuable Industrial Design Engineering solutions, and they often ask our students to collaborate on live projects of value to the company.
|Propadeutic phase (Year 1)||Semester 1||General introduction to Industrial Design Engineering|
|Semester 2||General introduction to Industrial Design Engineering|
|Main phase (Year 2 and Year 3)||Semester 3||In-depth study Industrial Design Engineering|
|Semester 4||In-depth study Industrial Design Engineering|
|Semester 5 (approximately 5 months)||Internship|
|Semester 6||Minor (at Fontys or one of our partner universities abroad)|
|Graduation phase (Year 4)||Semester 7||In-depth study Industrial Design Engineering|
|Semester 8 (approximately 5 months)||Graduation internship + writing your Bachelors thesis|
Two of the significant projects that you will conduct during your study are also in co-operation with companies. These are your internships in the fifth and eighth semester. During these internships, you will work on an industrial design engineering-related problem that you will solve for the company. These internships provide a great opportunity to both deepen your practical knowledge as well as extend your professionalism and network.
To strengthen your international experience, at least one of the internships or the minor must take place in a country other than your home country.
During your study programme, you have contact with companies on multiple occasions.
- You have projects in cooperation with companies,
- You have the opportunity to network with companies during our career day,
- And you have both your work placement and graduation placement at companies.
Fontys Venlo has cooperation with many large, medium-sized and small companies.
During the third year of your studies, you have the opportunity to specialise by means of a minor programme. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities all over the world. Doing your minor abroad at one of our partner universities allows you to acquire further language skills and experience a new culture.
The business field has an increasing demand for BSc graduates in the field of Industrial Design Engineering. After graduation, you could, among others, work as:
- Product Developer
- Product Designer
- Design Engineer
- Design Consultant
- Research and Development Manager
Of course, you also have the opportunity to continue with a Masters programme.
Some of the partner companies of our Industrial Design Engineering programme - who are looking for people with these skills - are Philips, Canon, Ahrend, Heras, Bosch, Vogels, and VDL.
As a prospective Bachelor's student, you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. This means:
- For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma
- For German students: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
- For students of other nationalities: senior high school diploma/ GCE or equivalent e.g. the British GCE A-levels or GCSE grades A, B or C, International Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureat or the American High School (top stream or plus 1-year college)
Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the fields of mathematics and economics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions.
For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the following table:
* Only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed successfully.
The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.
Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:
- Candidates with a Dutch HAVO / VWO diploma
- EEA/EU candidates with the required previous education.
- Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
- Applicants whose mother tongue is English
How to apply
Application for EU/EEA students
- All applications should be made through www.studielink.nl. Once you have made the application, you will receive all further information regarding the admission process through email.
- Your diploma will be forwarded to the Fontys Diploma Department for validation. This process will take 3 – 4 weeks. If the Fontys Diploma Department confirms that you meet the requirements to be admitted to Fontys, you will receive a (conditional) letter of acceptance.
- You need to arrange the payment of the tuition fees through www.studielink.nl.
Application for non-EU / non-EEA students
- All applications should be made via www.studielink.nl. Once you have applied there you will receive all further information regarding the admission process through email.
- Your diploma will be forwarded to the Fontys Diploma Department for validation. This process will take 3 – 4 weeks. If the Fontys Diploma Department confirms that you meet the requirements to be admitted to Fontys, you will receive a (conditional) letter of acceptance and a payment letter.
- As soon as we receive the payment of the tuition fees we will start your visa procedure.
- Please note that in case you cancel your enrolment after being admitted, it is not always possible to refund fees for e.g. reservation of accommodation or visa application.
- September intake
- Application - submitting admission documents - arranging payment of tuition fees in Studielink: 1 August
- September intake
- Application - submitting admission documents - arranging payment of tuition fees in Studielink: 1 June
About the School
Fontys provides education and research. As a broad-based university, we are the largest public knowledge institute in the southern Netherlands.