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Wat is Design for Impact?

Nieuw ETS

Het Engelstalige semester wordt aangeboden door de opleiding Bachelor Industrieel Productontwerpen (IPO).

Het programma wordt enkel in het Engels aangeboden!

Studenten aan de slag in marketing en communicatie.

Course overview

Find the course unit descriptions for this programme (course catalogue) here.

Industrial Design (9ECTS)

The focus of this course is on the industrial design of consumer products, taking into account product features and details, user-centered design methods, material selection, UX, production and market opportunities. The outcome should be an underpinned design process, leading towards a proof-of-concept and a proof-of-product for a Belgian client or brand. Students make use of their CAD-software (Siemens NX) for modeling, for designing and testing details and for taking some directions with regard to production.

Human-Centered Design  (6ECTS)

In this module, user research is integrated into an iterative design process with the aim of creating an innovative and meaningful product from interaction with a lead user in a specific context. Lead users are key customers within the market in which the organisation's innovation is to take place. These customers are open to and looking for innovation. This group of customers provide valuable input during, for example, product development sprints.

Visual Storytelling (6ECTS)

In this module, we’ll learn to visualize data to clarify and communicate abstract concepts. We learn manual and digital sketch forms, realistic digital and virtual visualisation techniques and apply them in function of process illustration, manuals and ergonomic development of the product.

Product-Service Systems (6ECTS)

The field of product design is becoming ever broader and, from a sustainability point of view, service design is increasingly claiming its place. Many products that are currently still seen as a commodity (a possession) can be transformed into a commons (a shared good that is treated more sustainably). The designer is therefore expected to be able to design services that interact with products as well as products. It is important to include the design of these services early enough in the integral design process.

There is also a growing belief that designers can help many different sectors devise and implement scenarios and solutions to live together in a more balanced way. The post-COVID era is challenging some of the acquired certainties that drive our businesses and institutions. The crisis shows the need for 'service design thinking' within a lot of existing systems in industry, healthcare, education, logistics, etc.

Tech-tools (3ECTS)

In this module, we will work with different tools, materials and techniques that can help us in a user-centered design process.

We will be creative, experiment and explore applied to quick assignments. You look at the possibilities and explore how they can be used efficiently to gain user insights and tailor products to user requirements and wishes.

Elective course: English for Exchange Students (3ECTS)

This English course provides exchange students with training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible.

The course aims at the B2 proficiency level. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we see the course as an interesting immersion experience.

This course is optional. Classes take place in the evening.

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Louis Muylle

Louis Muylle

International Coordinator