MSc Integrated Product Design
Over the past decades products have become more and more complex; whether it is added functionality or tougher recycling demands. Logically the design of successful products has become increasingly complex as well; the master of Integrated Product Design teaches how to bring these complex aspects together.
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Master of Science
Accredited by the NVAO
September and February
120 ECTS, 24 months
Regular study programme
The Integrated Product Design (IPD) Master’s programme focuses on teaching how to design user-centered innovative products and product service combinations, based on a balance between the interests of users, business and societal challenges. It covers the entire design process, starting from a design brief and ending with a complete product that is fit for mass or small series production. Thus the emphasis of the IPD master is on teaching conceptualisation and embodiment design, by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. The identity of the IPD Master’s programme is determined by the coherent integration of all these aspects to come to a successful new product proposal; this makes the IPD Master’s programme challenging, exciting and unique.
The international product development arena is changing rapidly; products are becoming smarter, better integrated into systems and have to comply with increasingly stringent standards. Product development is moving from an inter-disciplinary to a transdisciplinary occupation, becoming more knowledge intensive and therefore in need of continuous updates of tools and methods.
The IPD Master’s programme provides an integrated approach to the disciplines involved: advanced studies in innovative design theory and methods, aesthetics, ergonomics, engineering, and sustainability. The IPD curriculum includes multidisciplinary applied research on innovative product development embedded in its product design projects.
The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering offers three Master programmes; Design for Interaction, Integrated Product Design, and Strategic Product Design. Their differences are explained by an informing animation.
Design for Interaction
You design from a user perspective. You learn methods to map user needs, to design with a focus on experience and wellbeing, to make interactive prototypes and to translate desired interactions into designs.
Strategic Product Design
You design from a business perspective. You learn to use policy, consumer behavior, market research, trends, and the company characteristics and wishes as a basis for your designs.