Influential Design and Creative Engineering

    Exchange programme

    Learn product design by working individually on your dream project or in a design studio for real clients and use new skills, knowledge and innovative technologies to create a positive impact.

    What do fermentation, home appliance, an electric drift trike, a bicycle airbag, an induction thermal cup and a smart aquarium have in common? All these innovative technical products started as project proposals formulated by students at the start of this exchange programme. Through many steps of researching, design loops and building and testing, these students challenged themselves to push their boundaries by applying new techniques and technologies.

    Weekly group coaching by experienced product design engineers, relevant guest lectures and workshops will help you to truly learn by doing. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers access to academic resources and state-of-the-art workshop facilities for prototyping to realise your product.

    Your project ties in with current themes by:

    • Developing your dream project in ART & ENGINEERING
    • Deepening your knowledge with other engineers in MIXED TECHNOLOGY
    • Developing the ultimate instrument or vehicle in DESIGN FOR ONE
    • Developing and testing your brilliant idea for your own START-UP
    • Managing multiple business assignments in the DESIGN STUDIO

    Curious about previous projects? Check out this playlist with a selection of inspiring examples!

    Facts and figures

    The programme at a glance

    Programme information

    What to expect

    About the programme

    The exchange programme Influential Design & Creative Engineering offers a challenging learning environment in which you:

    • are in charge of your own project and define your own project scope;
    • are encouraged to critically reflect on the influence you exert as a product engineer;
    • become creative in finding solutions and executing the design process;
    • acquire new knowledge and skills, especially outside the school building;
    • conduct research and create and test innovative technologies;
    • collaborate intensively in multidisciplinary teams when you choose the design studio.




    This exchange programme offers a rich learning community which includes instructions, workshops, pitches, expos, guest lectures and coaching by experienced designers. As such, it does not follow the traditional lecture-test type of format. Professional prototyping facilities and academic knowledge sources of Rotterdam UAS can be used. 

    Type of assessment

    The assessment consists of formative (peer) feedback, expos, and a summative assessment of:

    • a journal showing weekly progress and feedback;
    • a final reflection on the learning outcomes;
    • a presentation with poster, prototype and video.

    Learning outcomes

    If you have successfully completed this exchange programme then you are able to:

    1. actively search and attempt new activities, methodologies and strategies to advance and complete a product design;
    2. involve stakeholders such as end users and experts in your project and use their insights to improve your product;
    3. research the impact your product makes, improve its positive impact and minimise its negative impact;
    4. find, critically assess, learn and implement new knowledge and skills from others;
    5. share your knowledge and skills with others.


    The exchange programme is divided into four main design phases: Discover, Design, Develop and Deliver. Each phase starts with a workshop week filled with masterclasses by teachers, guest lectures and student workshops. A phase ends with an exposition with posters and prototypes. A typical week begins with a kick-off and lecture at the start of the week, coaching or design session in the middle of the week and a concluding activity at the end of the week. All activities are organised mostly offline.



    After completing your exchange programme at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a:

    • Transcript of Records


    An indication of the projects you can expect


    Where you can find us
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    G.J. de Jonghweg 4 - 6 3015 GG Rotterdam