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 an individual focus. Students can shape this semester to meet their professional ambitions. Examples of opportunities are 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.

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.


There are several specialisations for this Master, including Medisign and the Honours Programme.

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