Curriculum

The bachelor programme of the TU Delft’s faculty of Industrial Design Engineering will empower students to analyse, shape, and innovate, connecting the potential of new technologies with the needs of people, organisations, and society.

The Bachelor programme is designed around two principle:

  • Always Designing: Students learn how to design by continuously doing design.
  • Adopt an active learning attitude: Our teaching methods aim to stimulate an active learning stance, while students are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning process and development.

The bachelor is built around the three pillars: people, organisations, and technology.

Structure of the Bachelor’s

This is a three-year programme. Each academic year consists of four quarters, lasting 10 weeks each. The primary language is Dutch, but some courses and most of the material is in English.

For the first two years, you will work on one design project per semester. These projects are based on real-world scenarios and challenge students to integrate knowledge developed during the other parallel running courses. You'll get to create prototypes that make your designs tangible, enabling user-testing and communication with stakeholders.

Each semester you will take four courses, consisting of theory and practical exercises or projects. Some courses are concluded with an exam, others with a report and presentation. In your second year there is space for electives, giving you the freedom to choose in what direction you want to deepen your knowledge.

In the third and final year, you will get even more freedom: you’ll take a minor in the fifth semester. In the sixth semester, you will take three electives and work full-time on the Bachelor Final Project (BEP) for ten weeks.

Developing your academic skills

During the programme, you will develop a tool kit filled with design tools and methods that you can draw and build upon depending on your needs and interests. Besides the tools and methods, as a part of your professional development, you’ll learn to analyse and to think critically. This is part of acquiring research skills. Furthermore the focus lies on ethics and sustainability.

Binding Study Advice

TU Delft applies a Binding Study Advice (BSA). This means that in the first year of study you must obtain at least 75% of your credits to continue with your studies (45 European Credits of the 60 EC that you can obtain). If you receive a 'negative Binding Study Advice', you will not be able to enrol in the program again for the next four years.

Study Load Per week

In-Class Lectures
Design and Labs
Self-Study

4 hours
8 hours
28 hours

Curious to find out more about the content of the courses? Visit our Discover the IDE Bachelor page: