Projects

Projects form the backbone of the Industrial Design program. Within projects you integrate (select, use and acquire) the attitude, skills and knowledge from different areas of expertise, learn about design and research processes, and apply your professional skills in an open context. Projects are open challenges, and support developing the overall competence of designing in an authentic professional context, as they involve a variety of stakeholders. Furthermore, projects offer a ground to explore interests, and to develop a vision and professional identity. We offer design and design research projects, which are first conducted in a team and finally individually.

For your design project, you can choose from a diverse offer of projects, in so-called squads. Squads are teams of scientific staff members, experts from practice, PhD candidates, USI trainees, fellow Master and Bachelor students working within a specific application domain and approach to design. After choosing your intended expertise development, you will choose a staff member who will guide you in this process as a mentor. Consequently, your work becomes more individual. You will continue to be associated to a squad, but your projects will have a strong connection to the research interests of the mentor, the external client for which you work or your (intended) start-up.

The curriculum of the master program of Industrial Design offers four different projects:

Information about the project types and project registration can be found at the project market page.

Overview deliverables

For more information on assessment and deliverables, please find the assessment rubrics in the download section.

Project 1: Design

Project 2: Design Research

Preparation for Final Master Project

Final Master Project

Demonstrator

Demonstrator

Demonstrator

Demonstrator

Design report

Research report

Interim report (Introduction, Method/ Approach/ Iterations 1, 2 etc.)

Report, track relevant

Individual reflection, poster and video

Individual reflection

Individual reflection

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Portfolio

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

*For the students graduating in academic year 2016-2017, the track-specific paper is not yet obligatory. However it is highly recommended to write such a paper and consider it as important learning experience.