(English-taught semester) Collaborative Design Studio

"Co-creation is key to product success!"

Designing industrial products requires both creative and technical insights from the designer, meaning that both concept development skills and know-how of materialization and production are essential. Creativity, user-centered design, engineering, flexible production and idea visualization are the main ingredients of the 3-year-Ba. Program Industrial Product Design at Howest. Design students learn by doing and design by prototyping in the extensive maker labs at the Industrial Design Center. 

But what if the designer facilitates the interaction among all stakeholders in the process of turning an idea into a real innovation? 

As a student, you’ll be part of a team in a start-up design studio. With a bird’s-eye view on the global industrialization process and all its actors, you will create, materialize, produce and launch a product, a product-service or a product-system on the market. You’ll create a business and marketing plan, research the target group, contact and visit production companies and get a small project into live production.

For another project of this semester, you, as a design student, will work in a multidisciplinary team (such as with experts in digital development, multimedia & communication technology, physical therapy…). Through the methods of design thinking and entrepreneurship, you’ll get coached to make a difference and to tackle a real-life, challenging and complex case study defined by a company or organization. 

In your portfolio course you will reflect on the type of designer you are becoming. We’ll trigger your reflection skills with design talks, external company visits and fairs and a 1-week international & intensive design project with an international partner school in product design. 

  • This programme is only available in English!