Industrial Design is a large discipline that covers all industrial products from complex transport systems and specialized professional equipment to lifestyle products and objects for everyday use. As an industrial designer you learn to combine technological possibilities and industrial manufacturing with aesthetic product qualities, user concerns, cultural value and societal considerations.
The field of industrial design has developed from the design of mass-produced items to new industrial processes that now incorporate such factors as globalization, user focus, innovation requirements, trends, CSR, the lifetime of electronic products, new materials, and sustainability – as well as all the new digital, economic and global possibilities.
The programme equips you with the skills and insights necessary for working in interdisciplinary contexts as well as in a specialist capacity in relation to ideation and product design or for working with artistic development and experimentation.As an industrial designer you may work, on the one hand, with everyday objects for the home where the emphasis is on design and appearance, and the designer’s name is often a key identity-bearer and sales-promoting element. On the other hand, the path is also open for you to work with problem-solving as part of a team that develops complex products involving advanced technologies.
About the programme
In the Industrial Design programme, we consider it essential that you develop a clear professional competence that provides you with confidence and professional authority, so that you can play a professional role in relevant work contexts. Through your studies you qualify, on the one hand, to work in a personally creative, experimental and innovative manner and, on the other hand, to play a constructive role in interdisciplinary teams.
You will examine, articulate and test and work with drafts before eventually proceeding on to selecting ideas. You learn to create material form and gain experience with product development, user-orientation, ergonomics, technology use, material possibilities and production in a visual and cultural context. You learn to analyze complex matters, decode cultural and social trends and work within a holistic perspective. You also learn to visualize and convey your ideas and products by means of drafting and modelling techniques and, increasingly, by means of digital modelling