Design & Engineering is built on an understanding that disciplinary, cultural and intellectual diversity combined with creative and open mindset drives successful innovation. Design & Engineering is combining education and innovation into an enabling platform which at one hand collaborates with industry and government partners to search new ways out from the modern complex challenges and on the other hand, engages students with new and unique experiences out of their comfort zones in order to create innovation and new thinking.
Design & Engineering is a cross-disciplinary programme merging the competences and skills of technology and design. We are offering a T-shaped profile of education where students train their abilities to collaborate creatively across different fields and disciplines. This design-led creative process is built on students personal educational background, enhancing their existing skills and knowledge and growing them to be virtuous team players able to attack any complex issues, seeking for opportunities and developing value-creating concepts.
The curriculum draws from three fields: design, engineering and entrepreneurship. During their studies students learn how to work as members of multidisciplinary creative teams, how to mix and match their skills with people who have a very different understanding of the task at hand, how to bind together the findings, pinpoint the opportunities, create clear concepts and communicate these to industry partners. Students practice leading creative teams, learn how to run user-centered research, develop innovative concepts and communicate results in a tight timeframe with limited resources. Students learn how to use and mix methods from different fields of study and how to make coherent projects in a team with widely scattered skillsets.
As we seek students with very different backgrounds, they will also pursue various career paths. Students of engineering develop an understanding of the power of design skills so they may act as leaders of development, while students of design refine their skills and competence for running multidisciplinary creative teams. All students are taught to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Whatever our students go on to do, they are valuable team members even during difficult projects with fuzzy goals.
Since graduating in 2015, Taylan Acarsoy has been working as a creative director in an agency in his home country of Turkey. He’s responsible for preparing visuals for cosmetic, medical and technology firms, including designing exhibition areas, stands and promotional materials.
After graduation in 2013 Aap has been busy with building his own furniture company. With the enterpreneural spirit and lively attitude he is the heart and soul of the furniture brand Warm North