Industrial Design Engineering

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Venlo

Are you curious, creative, accurate, and do you have a drive to create? Are you interested in design, technology, and people? Do you want a career that brings these factors together and allows you to work on solving problems by designing new or re-imagining existing products? Then this study might be for you.

About

Coffee machines, phones, medical devices: they all need to be ‘designed’. When designing these products, many questions need to be asked and answered. What does the customer need? How does the customer expect the product to look? How can the product be manufactured? What materials should be used? How can it be tested? How should it be marketed?

The study programme BSc Industrial Design Engineering helps you to answer these questions. This unique study programme responds to the growing demand from the design and manufacturing industries for ID engineers who have skills and knowledge but can also apply these in professional situations.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • You will be studying in an international, project based environment with English as the main language
  • You will be following a study programme that consists of a unique combination of design and engineering: approximately 60% design and 40% engineering
  • The project-based structure allows you to develop a collaborative attitude and the creative design skills needed to function as an Industrial Designer in an international market
  • You will have access to excellent workshop facilities to realise prototypes and test your design concepts
 

What are you going to learn?

Within this study programme, you will learn about the process of designing new products from concept development and prototyping, to production and bringing a product to markets. For this, you need to acquire knowledge and skills in a wide range of topics, such as aesthetics, production methods, materials, and user-centred research. You will analyse existing products and learn to design and build prototypes. You will also learn the commercial aspects involved in bringing a product to market. 

  • You will integrate theory and practice from day one
  • You will develop a professional attitude by working with clients on live projects
  • You will develop skills to visualise and present your concept ideas
  • You will acquire knowledge in materials, engineering and manufacturing process allowing you to define and justify your designs from a technical perspective
 

Make the world a better place

Take a look at one of our study programme projects

 

How does your week look?

IDE students combine real projects with self-study in a design studio not a classroom. Every week is different with client meetings and presentations mixed with workshops on design theory and skills development. 4 full days per week are spent in the studio.

Get to know our campus

Check out our classrooms, outside area, engineering labs, the city of Venlo and much more via our 360° tour.

Ambience photo Fontys
 

Linda:

“Within my product design studies I can fully develop my love for creativity and my love for techniques. 
Combined with the opportunity for personal growth, I will never regret this decision.”

 

Courses

IDE students work in a design studio not in a classroom. The design studio works throughout the year on live projects of different durations usually with multiple projects running at one time ( like in a real design studio) In order to evaluate the students’ progress ( ‘learning’) the programme assesses ‘competences’( e.g ‘professional practice’ or ‘concept development’ )  There are 2 assessment moments per year ( each worth 30 credits)  where the students demonstrate their competence development through a portfolio. 60 credits can be gained per year for 4 years totalling 240 credits after which a Bachelor of Science ( BSc) in Industrial Design Engineering is awarded.
In the 3rd  year students have to opportunity to study for 1 semester in another university anywhere in the world (‘Minor Semester’) and to work in a company on an internship for another semester.
The final ( 4th year) is divided into an on-campus semester and a semester-long graduation-project which takes place off campus in a company. It is a requirement that one of the Internship, Minor or Graduation semesters is done in an international setting ( a country outside the students home country).

 

 

Career opportunities

The business field has an increasing demand for BSc graduates in the field of Industrial Design Engineering. After graduation, you could work as a:

  • Product Designer working in a design consultancy
  • Design Engineer for a manufacturer of consumer electronics
  • Research and Development Designer in a medical equipment supplier
  • Freelance Design consultant with your own company
  • Structural Packaging designer

Of course, you also have the opportunity to continue with a master’s programme.
Some of the partner companies of our Industrial Design Engineering programme that are looking for people with these skills are Philips, Canon, Ahrend, Heras, Bosch, Vogels, and VDL.

 

Laura:

“The study gave me the space for self-realization, so that I could find my own way.”

 

Requirements

Diploma

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

  • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
  • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

    Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

    Language requirements

    For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

    TEST Bachelor's students
    IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
    TOEFL paper 550
    TOEFL computer 213
    TOEFL internet 79/80
    TOEIC* 670
    Cambridge ESOL FCE-C (from 169)

    * only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Exemptions

    Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

    • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
    • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
    • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
    • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Diploma

    As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

    • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
    • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Baccalauréat Général
    • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)

    Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

    Language requirements

    For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

    TEST Bachelor's students
    IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
    TOEFL paper 550
    TOEFL computer 213
    TOEFL internet 79/80
    TOEIC* 670
    Cambridge ESOL FCE-C (from 169)

    * only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Exemptions

    Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

    • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
    • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
    • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
    • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Visa

    As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

    *except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

    Diploma

    As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education. For Dutch students this means: VWO-, HAVO- (NT/NG profile obligated) or MBO-diploma.

    Language requirements for Dutch students

    For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

     
     

    Costs

    The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

    For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

    A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

    Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
    • Low institutional tuition fees 
    • High institutional tuition fees

    These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

      The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
      • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
      • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
      • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



      Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

      Paying in instalments

      Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

      If paying the full sum in a single payment

      If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

      Non EU students

      Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

      Non-Sepa

      If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

      The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

      The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

      Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

      It is not always easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys) offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for the first period of their studies at Fontys. Fontys works with private landlords, but also offers their own accommodation in Venlo.

       
       

      How to apply

      All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

      The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

      Application deadlines

      September intake
      If you want us to arrange accommodation 15 June
      If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 August

      Start your online application

      • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
      • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
      • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2022).
      • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
      Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
      Location of educational institution Venlo
      Programme Industrial Design Engineering

      Application deadlines

      September intake
      If you want us to arrange accommodation 1 June
      If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 June

      Start your online application

      • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
      • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
      • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2022).
      • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
      Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
      Location of educational institution Venlo
      Programme Industrial Design Engineering
       
       

      More about Industrial Design Engineering

      We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

      Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

      In case there are no events planned, please keep an eye on this programme website for upcoming events.

      Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

      The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
      We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

      In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

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