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Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Landbergstraat 15
2628 CE  Delft
The Netherlands
+31 (0) 15 - 2789807
io@tudelft.nl

Contact - Dutch applicants
ir. J.C. Thieme
ir. C. Veldhuizen
ir. W.M. Biemond
015 - 27 82941 / 87081

Contact - international applicants
International office
015 - 27 81077

Graduation project

What is it like to graduate within the master Design for Interaction? Watch the movie, which shows the graduation projects of three (international) students

Programme

The DfI Master’s programme can be started either in the autumn or in the spring semester. The starting date determines the order in which courses are taken. In the first year, the autumn semester focuses on the generation of concepts, while in the spring semester the focus is on design evaluation. The second year starts with a semester with and individual focus. Students can shape this semester to meet their professional ambitions. Examples of opportunities is to do a multidisciplinary design project, elective courses, a (research) internship, or a study abroad. The second year ends with establishing, defining and completing the individual graduation project.

First year

Project Usability and User eXperience Assessment in Design (UXAD) - 12 EC MSc specific project
In this project students develop their skills in optimizing interaction and user experience of an existing product through iterative cycles of usage evaluations and redesigns. For this purpose students analyse the usage of an existing product through a user test. The students create a redesign proposal of which they once again evaluate the interaction and experience..

 

    

Example of a Usability and User Experience Assessment in Design project

This student movie shows the outcome of an UXAD project on the redesign of a microwave, focusing on user experience and usability - 2013

Project Exploring Interactions - 12 EC Master specific project
In this conceptual design project, students analyse current interactions, generate starting points for innovative designs, and develop new design concepts for interactions. In three iterative cycles the students gather and apply knowledge about current and envisioned interactions. Through this they generate an increasingly refined design concept.

    

Example of an Exploring Interactions (EI) project

This student movie shows the outcome of an EI project with the aim of stimulating playful social interactions in public spaces by improving the connection between street musicians and their audience – 2013

Product Understanding, Use and Experience - 6 EC Master specific course
The main objective of this course is to enable students to learn the limits and potential of knowledge and insights from the humanities and behavioural sciences as these apply to their understanding of human-product interaction. In this course, relevant knowledge and insights will be addressed in a thematic approach. 

Context and Conceptualisation - 6 EC Master specific course
The Master course 'Context and Conceptualisation' deals with the various contexts surrounding the product and the users' interaction with the product. Examples of such contexts are the situation in which the product is used, other people that are involved and the role of the product in the user's life, even when the user is not physically using it. 

Product Understanding, Use and Experience - 6 EC Master specific course
The main objective of this course is to enable students to learn the limits and potential of knowledge and insights from the humanities and behavioural sciences as these apply to their understanding of human-product interaction. In this course, relevant knowledge and insights will be addressed in a thematic approach.

Reflection on Designing - 3 EC Master specific course
Designers have a substantial impact on our environment, behaviour and well-being. This course is designed to stimulate a critical reflection on this societal role of the designer and the student’s own design process. The main objective of this course is to contribute to the development of a critical, conscious and personal design philosophy or design attitude.

Visual Communication Design - 3 EC Master specific course
The Visual Communication Design course deals with the visual design and visual perception of information. The course content centres around the following subjects: Graphic variables for visually media, visual design of user interfaces, Picture-text combinations, Aesthetics and style of visual communication, Methods for visualization of product communication, The Visual Perception of Design. 

DfI Research Methodology - 3 EC Master specific course
The aim of the DfI Master course Research Methodology is to provide reflective insight into design research methods and approaches that are specific to Design for Interaction. The course provides criteria for DfI-specific design research methods and their applicability to different design research challenges.

Interactive Technology Design - 6 EC Master specific course
The potential of products equipped with digital technologies like embedded computers, sensors and actuators creates new opportunities and challenges for product designers. Students gain an understanding of how knowledge can be embedded in a product, how the user can communicate his or her intentions in an expressive way, and translate design ideas into experiential prototypes.

    

Example of an Interactive Technology Design project

This student movie shows the outcome of an ITD project on an interactive toy for children with autism that helps improve their social skills and encourages them to be more explorative in free play - 2015

 

IDE Academy – 4 EC Shared master course
IDE Academy provides basic training for a relevant set of generic IDE skills. In addition, the course will serve as an entry-point for students to self-study these skills. A broad list of skills will be included, some of which will be compulsory and some optional, enabling the students to customize the course to fit with their needs. These are elementary skills for doing research (e.g. observational research, literature research), developing concepts (e.g., visualisation skills) and prototypes (e.g. screen-based prototypes; programming).

Manage your Master – 2 * 1 EC Shared master course
MYM introduces students to the structure and possibilities of the MSc program at IDE. It supports students in developing their own, personal vision on their Master education and in developing a plan for the final year of their Master program. MYM takes place on the first three days of the 1st and 2nd semester of their Master program. Two of these days provide a general program for all Master students. The other day is called the Master Identity Day and its program is specific for one of the three IDE Master programs (SPD, IPD or DfI).

Design Theory and Methodology - 3 EC Shared master course
The aim of this course is to help you to gain a deeper understanding of the principles, practices and procedures of design in a broad and general sense. The course entails a reflective approach to design practice, including the study of how designers think and behave when designing, what sort of problems they encounter, the use/misuse/non-use of design methods, and the diverse social contexts they might work in.

Second year

Shape your master
The third semester is reserved for creating a personal profile. In this semester, students have  30 EC elective space that enables them to shape their personal programme. Students can pursue their professional interests and ambitions with a personalised set of different courses. This elective space enables students to specialise, or broaden their knowledge in specific subjects, such as entrepreneurship, marketing, medical design, automotive design, research, visualisation and others. For those students who want to increase the depth of their development as an industrial design engineer, IDE offers more than 50 different courses. This includes courses from the other IDE master curricula. Students who want to broaden their learning can take master’s courses at other faculties and universities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. This semester can also be a platform for engaging in design and/or research internships.

Graduation Project - 30 EC Master specific project
The last semester is fully devoted to the Graduation Project, which may be undertaken in a company setting or within one of the research groups of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The graduation project is considered to be a stepping stone to a future professional career. A high level of independence is therefore expected from the student in planning and executing the assignment and in acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills.

What is it like to graduate within the master Design for Interaction? Watch the movie, which shows the graduation projects of three (international) students.

Detailed course contents
For the detailed contents of the DfI Master courses, you can view the Study guide.

Specialisation Medisign

A specialisation allows the student to gain extra in-depth knowledge on and skills in a specific topic through dedicated projects and courses within the MSc curriculum. The Medisign specialisation is aimed at students who wish to design products for health care applications. Medisign focuses on medical-technological projects in a professional setting, including designs for diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and institutional or home care. Medisign projects have applications in medications, preventive medicine and products for disabled people. The objective is to train individuals to balance industrial design and health care perspectives as they design solutions for the health care industry.

Honours Programme Master

The faculty offers excellent students who have finished their Bachelor programme with an average mark of 7.5 or higher, and/or nominal running students who have shown an excellent performance during their first master’s semester, the opportunity to follow an Honours Programme in addition to the regular Master programme. Altogether, IDE’s Honours Programme Master comprises a study load of 21 EC, to be completed in parallel to the regular Master programme and within the regular programme’s time.

Annotations

Entrepeneurship

The annotation Entrepreneurship trains students to become entrepreneurial, through a combination of entrepreneurship courses and a graduation project that partly focuses on entrepreneurship. The annotation is offered by the Delft Centre of Entrepreneurship (DCE).

Sustainable Development

The annotation Technology in Sustainable Development (TiSD) is open to all TU Delft master students (except IE and SET), who intend to integrate sustainable development into their graduation project. This annotation covers both broader and deeper knowledge regarding Sustainable Development and technology.

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