Student Experiences

Read the stories of our international MSc students at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and discover their experiences of getting used to their new study (and living) environment.  Find out their tips to get the most out of the MSc programme or just learn in advance what the best study spots are at the faculty of IDE!

Student Organizations and Ultimate Frisbee

Jack Eichenlaub | October 2021

Coming from an American university, student clubs and organizations were a foundational underpinning of the social experience. Universities (such as my undergraduate home) would advertise having “over multiple-hundred active student clubs” as a draw for potential students. Despite not such vocal promotion of their own resources, TU Delft has a deep network of student clubs and associations ranging in focus from sport to career to purely social. I’ll briefly highlight what is available and share my experience joining Force Elektro, TU Delft’s ultimate frisbee club.

Social Initiatives for (International) Students – IDE and MoTiv

Jack Eichenlaub | April 2021

It is no secret that the coronavirus has put many aspects of our lives “on hold.” As the local cherry blossoms bloom and the world awakens again in spring, we all want to get back to life as we used to know it. This past Easter Monday, I had the opportunity to bask in that feeling of normalcy when I was hosted for lunch by a lovely Dutch couple named Irma and Paulus. The “MoTiv Connects” program, arranged by TU Delft-affiliated group MoTiv, allowed individual students to join a Dutch host in their home and make a new, personal connection. This program was also offered over the winter holiday (when I first participated). Over the same break, the faculty of IDE also opened their doors as a gathering place for students not returning home due to travel restrictions. All in all, these experiences have been very valuable to me as I adjust to life abroad, so I wanted to share and inform the wider community!

Bikes, Delft, and Nederland!

Vignesh Balakrishnan | April 2021

If you are planning to start masters in the Netherlands, polishing your biking skills should be in your priority list because on Dutch streets, bikes rule. Bikes are an essential part of Dutch culture and holds even more importance in student life; Your bike is your best friend. Be it going to campus, grocery shopping, visiting a friend or to just for leisure, bikes make life easier.   Delft is a beautiful city with both narrow alleys and picturesque streets. Most roads have dedicated bike track and with having a maximum speed of 30 kmph in every living area makes biking even safer. Biking can be a really enjoyable experience in Delft especially with lush green nature surrounding the city.  If you are coming here to Delft, here are a few tips and trips in relation to biking.

Who is Designing Design Anyways?

Jack Eichenlaub | April 2021

Most of us go to university to acquire collective knowledge that has been built for many years, all around the world. IDE masters students not only do that, but also learn from professors at the forefront of design, who are actively creating new knowledge and writing the future of our field. One particular focus is on designing design itself, specifically in the form of exploring design methods, theories, and approaches.

If you do not recognize this vibrant blue book, you surely will soon. It is a proud export of our faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and a critical learning tool used both in our classrooms and in other global contexts. The Delft Design Guide contains a multitude of 2-page spreads that succinctly describe all manner of design perspectives, approaches, and methods to use while tackling modern design challenges. Many of these are well known historical approaches, and many detail modern ideas developed here at TU Delft, such as “Vision in (Product) Design.”

Master Variant for Engineers

Vignesh Balakrishnan | April 2021

Industrial Ontwerpen IO is a faculty full of enthusiastic teachers and ambitious students. I am one of those students with a background in mechanical engineering who dreamt of becoming a strategic designer. In this article, I’ll elaborate on the program that enabled me to follow my dream.

I was introduced to design during my bachelor's in mechanical engineering at IIITDM Kancheepuram, Chennai. It was in my penultimate year that I realized I had an interest in human-centred design and wanted to learn more about it. During this time, I followed the MOOC “Delft Design Approach” course on EdX. This was a steppingstone in my pursuit of higher education for two reasons. The course introduced me to the Delft way of designing and Master Variant for Engineers (MVE).

Living in Delft: The Great Bakkerij-venture

Jack Eichenlaub | January 2021

Undoubtedly, many unique experiences await once you move to the Netherlands and join the bright men and women of TU Delft. Unfamiliar apartments, new friends, many many bikes, sideways rain, and of course, lots of foods at the store that you cannot quite translate correctly. Sometimes the rigorous schedule of academic work at the TU can be consuming, so in my first semester I attempted to take some personal time to focus on something thing I loved, and search Delft for the best I could possibly find. That thing? Bread and baked goods!

Writing a paper and getting it published

Regina Morán | July 2020

During the master, you will write papers in some courses, and you can decide to present or try to publish your work. For this article, I will share my own experience in publishing a paper.
I will explain what the project is about, where it was presented, what the biggest challenge was, and the learnings. I have also interviewed another student who wrote a paper as part of the research elective.

Student Perspectives

What do students think of IDE/IPD?

Aman Dalal | July 2020

IDE is home to students from many different countries around the world. They have widely varying academic and cultural backgrounds. They have done their previous studies in industrial design or various disciplines of engineering. Some have even gained years of professional work experience before they chose to do a master. While it is not possible to represent all of their experiences in an article, I tried to gather some highlights of why they are here and what it is like for them to study IPD.

Presenting at the Dutch Design Week

Regina Morán | July 2020

During the master, you will design different solutions for existing challenges. Hence, you may have the chance to present your work in different events such as the Dutch Design Week. For this article, I interviewed one student from the master Design for Interaction. She presented her work in the 2019 edition of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. I will explain what the project is about, what the biggest challenge was, and the learnings she took from it.

SPD Courses in Brief: an overview of what you’ll study

Regina Morán | May 2020

This article will provide you with an overview of the courses you will have as an SPD master student. The information is provided based on my experience as a student who started in autumn, however, it is also possible to start in the spring semester. To see the full master programme, visit SPD Programme. Besides, you can see a detailed description of each course in the Study Guide.

Courses in (year 1)

During the first year, the courses provide you with a set of knowledge, skills and tools. Hence, you will have courses that will provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge. I perceive that during the fall semester, the purpose is to provide you with the general skills and knowledge you need as a strategic designer. 

Meeting Don Norman

The man, the myth, the legend

Aman Dalal | April 2020

Around 5 years ago, ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ was the book that introduced me to the field of industrial design. Back in the day, I carried it everywhere I went and was amazed by the attention to the details of the world that is offered in each of its chapters.

When I got to meet its author, a superstar in the world of design, psychology, and cognitive science, Don Norman, right here in our own faculty, I was elated.

Surprises, challenges and learnings at IDE

Regina Morán | April 2020

For this article, I did a small questionnaire among students at IDE. I collected the answers from students of the three masters at IDE. The aim of this article is to provide you with some tips based on our own experience as students at TU Delft. In the following paragraphs, I share the ones I considered the most interesting and useful. Students answered three main questions; what has been the most surprising aspect of the faculty, what has been the most challenging moment during their studies, and which has been their main learning during their master. Besides, I also add my personal opinion based on my experience.

Living in Delft

Life beyond the faculty

Aman Dalal | April 2020

An important consideration, especially when you are going abroad to study, is the location of your university. Situated in the historic city of Delft, doing a master at IDE comes with the opportunity of having an excellent lifestyle outside of academics.

IPD Courses in Brief: an overview of what you’ll study

Aman Dalal | November 2019

This article will give you a clear idea of what the master course encapsulates and what you can expect in your 2-year study. The overview is written from my (student) perspective and experience and detailed information can always be found on StudieGids by going to the Programs section.

This is Design Doing

Regina Morán | January 2020

During the first year of my master, I was surprised that in the MSc courses we were already working for companies. One of my first projects was for KLM. Then, I learned about the collaboration between TU Delft and KLM called Design Doing. The aim is to connect employees, researchers and students fostering a culture of design throughout the company. As a student, it is a great opportunity to see the innovation possibilities to design and build design-driven organizations!

IPD FAQ: Common Questions from International Students

Aman Dalal | January 2020

The faculty of IDE has a long-distance mentor programme. Admitted international MSc applicants preparing for coming to Delft are brought into contact with current MSc students in the same programme. Being a long-distance mentor, I often get questions about IPD from international students. They are usually about what they can expect from the master course and how to prepare the best for it. Here I have summed up the most common ones that can help every future student or applicant understand the curriculum better.

Why choose the Medisign Specialization?

Regina Morán | November 2019

The Medisign Specialization is meant to form students capable of designing new products and services that answer to current needs and are also future-proof. To be part of the Medisign Specialization, you should be enrolled in one of the masters of the faculty; Integrated Product Design (IPD), Design for Interaction (DfI) or Strategic Product Design (SPD). Among the possibilities, TU Delft has three Design Labs related to healthcare; CardioLab, Critical Alarms Lab and End of Life. Each Design Lab works with different organizations and it is a good opportunity to get deeper into a topic of your preference through a research project. Design in healthcare is expanding worldwide, by choosing the Medisign Specialization you can contribute to improve the healthcare sector.

Internship Opportunities: An explorative experience

Aman Dalal | November 2019

Internships are a great way to learn and explore your interests while you are still pursuing your master studies. They take you out to the real world, give insights on how things work there, and help build yourself up as a designer. While gaining academic knowledge is one thing, applying this knowledge to an industrial project is a whole different aspect and that is where internships come in handy with the offer of a new perspective without the pressure of making a long term commitment.

Fortunately, at IDE we are allowed to carry out an internship not only in our own time, but are also awarded 15 ECs for it in the elective semester (3rd semester of the master program).

Honours Programme

Regina Morán | April 2019

The Honours Programme gives you the opportunity to focus on a project of your interest and to take an extra challenge beyond the regular courses. It is an opportunity to see your own capabilities and what you need to improve. You get to manage your time and your workload to move forward with your project. You work with a coach that guides you during the project and you get to know other students that are part of the programme. It is an opportunity to put in an extra effort and challenge yourself.

Research Possibilities

Regina Morán, March 2019

The faculty of IDE at TU Delft is the largest design research institute in the world with 100 design researchers and 120 PhDs. I interviewed professor Pieter Jan Stappers, director of Research, to know more about it. According to Professor Stappers, “there are plenty of opportunities to find and discover people with research expertise on a particular topic”. In general, the faculty focuses on three societal challenges, sustainability, health and mobility. So, if you are willing to learn more about design research, TU Delft is the right place for you!

Study Associations: The Sweet Spot

Marianne Langrand | April 2019

Delft might seem like a small town, but you will be surprised when you discover all the activities that you can do in and out of the University. I assure you that you won’t even have the time to do everything you want, you will have to choose from all the great opportunities there are! There are many possibilities to complement your studies with extracurricular activities, like study associations, research projects, part-time jobs… you name it. But how do you choose?

Say YES!Delft

Aman Dalal | February 2019

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering has a lot to offer in the master courses. However, some of us like to push for the extra mile and engage in pursuits outside academia. If you’re such a person, have an entrepreneurial mindset, or just want to experience the start-up culture in Delft and get a feel for how everything works, say yes to YES!Delft.

As lively as the name sounds, YES!Delft is TU Delft’s own start-up incubator with over 70 exciting and energetic companies founded by graduates with big ideas. The facilities, events, investors, associations, and innovation make YES!Delft a leading tech-incubator not only in the Netherlands, but in Europe.

Our Creative Environment

Marianne Langrand | November 2018

The IO (Industrieel Ontwerpen - Industrial Design Engineering) faculty is the place to get inspired, have fun, and develop your design projects. It is a big open space full of design students working all around in teams or by themselves.

The IO faculty was designed for creative minds; we have the freedom to work and play wherever and however we want. The experience of working here is really special for design students because it offers a broad variety of open and closed spaces to get the best designer out of us.

Experiential Learning

Regina Morán, December 2018

The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is formed by students all over the world. We all come from different backgrounds and the way in which we were taught at our previous university might be different from the way of teaching at TU Delft. Here at the university, you will learn by experiencing and by putting your knowledge into practice. It is your decision how involved you want to get in every project. I am positive that in the past months at TU Delft I have been able to learn more than I could have imagined.

An Introduction to the Language

Aman Dalal | December 2018

Do you really need to learn Dutch to live in Delft? The opinion shared by most students is, “Not at all. Everyone here speaks English so well!”

While that is very true, some of us have a different mindset. If you’ve decided to hop on for a two year long journey to the Netherlands, learning some survival Dutch couldn’t harm. I will take you through what Dutch looks like. Shall we beginnen?

(That’s not a typo. Quite naturally, beginnen means to begin. Many Dutch words are very similar to their English counterparts and if you speak the latter, it wouldn’t take long to understand the former.)