Communication Design for Innovation CDI

Successful innovation is impossible without communication. In a rapidly changing society an engineer is expected to have more to offer than substantive knowledge and technical skills alone. 

Code: SEC-MI-177

Language:  This minor will be taught in English on request.

Faculty: TNW

This minor is open to all Bachelor's students at TU Delft. Students from other universities with a science or technology background can also take this minor. The minor is particularly targeted at students from Twente, Eindhoven, Leiden, Rotterdam and Wageningen universities.
At the start of the minor, you must have completed your foundation courses (propedeuse) and achieved at least 90 ECTS of your Bachelor.

For students who wish to take a 15 ECTS minor, it is possible to take just the first part of the minor and stop there.

Why should you choose the Communication Design for Innovation minor?

Successful innovation is impossible without communication. In a rapidly changing society in which technical development is key, an engineer is expected to have more to offer than substantive knowledge and technical skills alone. Good communication to foster links between engineers, the public, the media, politicians and businesses is extremely important. Society challenges us to consider the social relevance of technology and science and requires us to devise and implement suitable communication strategies for innovative developments. Communication is crucial; it is the catalyst that converts a good idea into a successful one. Knowledge of communication is therefore an essential addition to science students' skill sets. Clear and targeted communication enhances the quality of science and technology and makes you even more interesting to potential employers.

In the Communication for Design Innovation (CDI) minor, you will learn how to design your communication processes and resources for all phases of an innovation process in which cooperation plays a key role. You will acquire understanding and skills that enable you to use communication effectively as an integral strategic component of innovation in order to achieve innovations that genuinely work in practice. Communication will become an intrinsic part of the way you think as an engineer. After completing this thematic minor, you will be a communicative engineer of the future, able to inspire loyalty from strategic R&D partners, spark interest from the government and engage the general public.

  • First of all, you will learn what strategic communication entails and how it can be woven into innovation processes.
  • Second, you will gain theoretical and practical understanding about collaborating in multidisciplinary teams. You will realise that these kinds of alliances are a fruitful source of innovation and understand how technology, communication and innovation combine.
  • Third, you will learn how to analyze and design the social processes in which technology, communication and innovation come together.
  • Fourth, you will design the communication resources required to support the process and the stakeholders.

Throughout the minor, you will work on a genuine case from an actual commissioning party in the context of science and technology. In addition, you will take five masterclasses, in which you will acquire skills and fundamental knowledge that you will need as a professional communication engineer.

You will begin your theory modules from day one and apply the knowledge you have acquired in the Communication Lab (C-Lab). The theory modules follow each other, while your multidisciplinary teamwork on communication/innovation design will continue throughout.

Which skills will you posses at the end of the minor?

  • Communication skills
  • Social design
  • Visual thinking

Organisation of minor

Max. number of participants:


Min. number of participants: 


Number of contact hours:

36 hours

Modes of instruction:

Lectures (8 h), teamwork + project work (20 h),
self study (8 h)

Q1 (15 ECTS)

Substantive modules

  • Sociology & psychology of collaboration in social networks SL4072TU (6 ECTS)

Masterclasses (3 ECTS)

Communication lab

  • C-Lab part 1: analysis SL4092TU (6 ECTS)
Q2 (15 ECTS)

Substantive modules

  • Communication, marketing & innovation SL4062TU (4 ECTS) 

Masterclasses (2 ECTS)

Communication lab

  • C-Lab part 2: synthesis SL4151TU (9 ECTS)

Examination method

Substantive modules: assignments and exam
C-lab: report
Masterclasses: individual or group assignments


Please check the registration procedure on the minorpage.

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Suzanne Karssen-Minekus

External students

Students from other universities have to register at TU Delft in Studielink (2nd registration next to your own study programme).

  • Choose ‘no’ for the option ‘start in first year’.
  • Choose ‘minor programme applied physics’ as the ‘name of the programme’.

This will create a TUDelft NetID with which you will be able to apply for the minor CDI.




“You discover that communication is very strategic and involves much more than simply a folder or a website.”

“It's great to see how these students are able to make a substantial and relevant contribution to the realization of our projects within such a short time.” (Commissioning party for the minor in 2014/2015)

"Broadening the scope of interdisciplinary cooperation in theory and in practice."

"This minor really gives you a completely different mindset on innovation."

“This minor gave me a deeper / different insight than I have received during my education so far. It was a nice group, and it was fun to follow the minor.”