Minor Smart Innovation (Venlo)

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Students will have a look at innovation and research from a technical as well as a conceptual and design perspective. They will focus on information gathering/processing and product design and learn how data can be gathered by different means, be communicated, interpreted, combined, processed and transformed into information understandable for others. Minor activities are based on carrying out research in innovative areas such leading to a prototype showing applicability. Usability improvement is done by analyzing user behaviour on prototyping events. The official language of this minor is English.


The minor Minor Smart Innovation gives students an opportunity to experience innovative research. The purpose of the minor is to gain a multidisciplinary view of innovation and how it is applied to research as well as thourough understanding and knowledge about how to carry out research. Students learn how to design and build prototypes in multidisciplinary teams by applying research methods and also carry out an individual research.


You understand what applied research and innovation is, you can partipate in an applied research project. You have basic knowledge about how to plan, organize and carry out research as well as how to apply innovative techniques. More specific, you:

  • Are able to do innovative applied research;
  • Know what innovation is and show how to design and build innovative prototypes;
  • Are able to do research through design in which the user is central;
  • Work as a team member in a project group and apply different technologies and methods as mentioned above, to realize a prototype of an innovative concept.

Content of the programme

The total work load for this minor 30 European Credits (EC), duration is 1 semester. The minor consists of the following modules:

Modules Studyload in ECTS
Project 17
Research 7
Innovation 5
Colloquium 1

How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

How to apply as a Fontys or other Dutch UAS student

Fontys and other Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via https://www.kiesopmaat.nl

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

*For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

f you have any questions about the admission please contact fhtenl-studyabroad@fontys.nl. For further information please contact:

Tegelseweg 255, Venlo

Locatiekaart op adres: Tegelseweg 255, Venlo


Duration:1 semester
Period:Spring semester
ECTS Credits:30 ECTS