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Industrial Design Engineering

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

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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

 

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What does your week look like?

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.

 
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Get to know our Industrial Design Engineering programme
Get to know the Industrial Design Engineering study programme at Fontys Venlo. Learn more about the content of the study programme, our courses and the career opportunities!

 

Courses

IDE students work in a design studio rather than 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).

 
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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.”

 

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)
  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:

1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.

  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

Language requirements

For all course programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required. Read more detailed information.

Code of conduct

Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

    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)

    • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:

    1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
    2. Access to HE Diploma or
    3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
    4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
    5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.

    • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

    We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
    Physics
    and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

    • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

    As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

    If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

    Language requirements

    For all course programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required. Read more detailed information.

    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.

    Code of conduct

    Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

      Diploma

      As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education. For Dutch students this means: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma. For specific requirements, please have a look at our Dutch study programme:

      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.

      Code of conduct

      Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

         
        Content breed

        Costs

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        Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

        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.

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        Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

        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.

            Some Fontys study programmes offer the NL scholarship to their students. Check out the link to see if this study programme participates and for more information.

            You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on the Study in NL website.

            Paying in instalments

            Collection will occur 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 made 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 payment letter 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. 

            Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14.641 per year (€ 7.320 per semester)

            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. 

            Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.

             

            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.

             
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            Maria:
            “In Industrial Design Engineering I learned to combine design and technology to create a wide range of products across various industries. The study provides the opportunity to work for clients from various industries and develop a professional attitude.”

            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 accommodation15 June
            If you arrange accommodation yourself1 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 2024).
            • 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 accommodation1 June
            If you arrange accommodation yourself1 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 2024).
            • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
            Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
            Location of educational institutionVenlo
            ProgrammeIndustrial Design Engineering

             

            Agenda

            Sign up for one of our events. There's no better way to find out if this study programme is right for you! Visit a webinar from the comfort of your home or meet us live on campus. Whichever you choose, we hope to meet you soon.

            Webinar: Study at Industrial Design Engineering | Online
            12 Mar 2024 17:00 - 17:45
            Programme
            Programme for international registrants:
            In this session one of our lecturers will explain you more about the study programme. Also one of our current students is there to share his/her experience about studying at Fontys Venlo. Of course you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

            Programma voor Nederlandse Aanmelders:
            Tijdens de online voorlichting vertelt een van onze docenten je meer over de opleiding. Ook is een van onze huidige studenten aanwezig om zijn/haar ervaring over studeren bij Fontys Venlo te delen. Natuurlijk krijg je ook de gelegenheid om vragen te stellen. We kijken er naar uit om je te verwelkomen!
            Open day Industrial Design Engineering | Venlo
            16 Mar 2024
            Programme
            Programme for international registrants living abroad:
            Get to know our study programmes and explore our campus at Fontys Venlo during this day. In the morning, we will be having lots of fun activities on campus. Additionally, presentations and workshops will be held by your future lecturers. Of course, you will also get to know other international students during these activities!
            Please note: you have to select a time-slot but the programme for international registrants will start at 10:00 for all students. You will receive additional information after your registration.

            Programma voor Nederlandse aanmelders:
            Leuk dat je de open dag komt bezoeken. Tijdens de open dag vertellen we je graag alles over de opleiding en maak je kennis met onze docenten en studenten. Ook laten we je graag onze lokalen en projectruimtes zien. Daarnaast vertellen onze studenten je graag over de projecten en casussen waaraan ze werken. Je kan tijdens deze open dag ook andere opleidingen van Fontys in Venlo bezoeken. Je ontvangt bij de ingang een programmaboekje. Wees welkom!
            Let op: Het programma van de open dag van Industrieel Product Ontwerpen en Industrial Design Engineering is hetzelfde. Het is dus niet nodig om je aan te melden voor beide opleidingen.
             

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