Aman Dalal's experiences in Delft

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AT IDE

Hi, my name is Aman and I finished my Master’s Degree Integrated Product Design in Delft. Do you want to know more about this Master’s degree from my perspective, what other students think or about internships? Read my articles.

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What do students think of IDE/IPD?

This article takes a question-answer format where the perspectives of various students have been gathered in each answer. Some of the following questions are common among incoming students, especially those coming from afar.

 

Why did you choose IPD among the three masters?

“I loved what I did in my bachelor of industrial design but it was very theoretical in my opinion. I wanted to take it forward by getting more practical experience”, said a student from Italy. She continued, “Out of the three masters, IPD is the one that resembles my bachelor studies the most and is serving as a perfect extension to it.”

A student from India pointed out that to him hands-on work is very important as he likes to build things. He wanted to learn more about this tangible aspect of product design and apply it in projects. He believes IPD to be the ‘core’ product design among the three options and it suited him the best.

Why did you decide to study at IDE from all the other options around the world?

“IDE offers a fantastic blend between engineering and design!”, exclaims another student from India, “The course is technical while at the same time it can be a little artsy if you want it to. It aims to explore many sides of the design-engineering equation and in the end, you get to find out what kind of a designer you are in the two years.” To summarize it, “all in all, it makes for a great curry!”, he laughs.

An engineer from Spain explains, “I am an engineer by training and I wanted an entry into the product design world. I was intrigued by this field and was looking for a way in so I can later work in the design industry and this served as a perfect course. I wasn’t really able to find any other course that matched the curriculum, even in the (other) top universities around the world. Moreover, my interest in cycling also attracted me to the Netherlands."

A student from Korea adds on his perspective to studying in the Netherlands, “I have been learning English since childhood but never really got to practice it in real life. Apart from the course, an advantage is that people here speak really good English. So I get to practice speaking too all the time.” A Chinese student reasons that she was in contact with other Chinese students who have been here before and they always spoke of the welcoming nature of the teachers and students at IDE and in the Netherlands in general. The positive reviews drew her to studying and later wanting to work in Delft!

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How would you compare your expectations and your experience with studying IPD?

“My expectations were very high of the education at TU Delft and I’m more than pleased to say that IDE, the curriculum, the standard of projects, the industry connections, events like the business fair, etc. all have kept up to their promise.”, asserts a graduating student from the US.

“Coming from an engineering background, I was curious how it would be to study among designers who have done something like this before. I’m glad that the MVE (Master Variant for Engineers) was set up to facilitate students like me who really want to be designers. The downside is that you miss all the wonderful electives that IDE offers but you do integrate really well if you follow this track as an engineer”, explains a student from India who followed one semester of bridging MVE courses.

A student from Latin America was pleasantly surprised by the closeness of connection that companies have in IPD master projects in the courses of Advanced Concept Design and Advanced Embodiment Design. She wasn’t completely aware that she would be working while positioning these companies as clients while doing the master. This aspect exceeded all her expectations and she

What do you like most about the IPD curriculum?

The IPD curriculum is composed of two major projects and smaller courses along their side in the first two semesters. The third semester gives you the option to follow electives which include an optional internship. Lastly, the fourth semester is the graduation project that can be done with the faculty, a company, or an organization.

The most common answer to this question was that students are a big fan of the project-based curriculum. “You don’t feel like you are studying. Rather it is more like working for clients, who can be different sorts of companies or governmental organizations depending on your project. Ultimately, you learn much more with this practical exposure and this was by far my favourite aspect of the master”, says a student who was new to working with companies outside of the university.

A Dutch student who did his bachelor at IDE was happy with the variety of electives offered in the third semester. He wanted to dive deeper into some topics which he wasn’t able to during the bachelor. The elective courses are common between all the three masters and students are able to experience a touch of Strategic Design or Design for Interaction too using these courses. He adds, “You can really shape your master according to your interest and that is very satisfying.”

A bunch of students (graduating at the time of writing) are happy that they were able to choose their own graduation projects, some with a company, some with a research organization, and some with the university itself. They share that it is not the case that this would be possible with other universities. Other places offer a list of topics that they can choose from but at IDE, you can really pursue what you want and where you want it for your final project.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.)

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