This study program develops skillful and creative specialists who are able to combine engineering ideas with a sense of art.
The graduates of the program understand industrial design, are able to generate user-oriented ideas of industrial design, design mass-produced goods of medium technological complexity, perform engineering analysis, as well as apply innovative materials and production technologies.
During your studies, you will receive detailed personal guidance from your lecturers. You will enjoy an informal study atmosphere and a close collaboration between lecturers and students.
In the KTU M-Lab or the Circular Economy Workshop, you will be able to experiment with various technologies: plastics moulding and recycling, wood and metal processing, 3D printing, laser and waterjet cutting, etc. Step by step, you will become a designer, who prototypes, tests and refines your product design until it is ready for production. After four years, you’ll be ready to start working in engineering or design companies and agencies or as a freelancer. You can present your work at conferences, exhibitions and competitions, and maybe even win your first award.
Because students’ suggestions are also very important to us, we are constantly improving the quality of the programme and participating in various student-organised events, together with INDI, the student representative of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design.
Head of the Study Programme
Assoc. Dr. Kristina Žukienė
Studentų St. 56, Kaunas, Lithuania
Module of the study programme by semesters
Object of creation – consumables, aesthetic products, sketches, and projects
Materials – metal, glass, plastic, ceramics, etc.
Design – aesthetics, style, functionality, and ergonomics
Technical creation – idea generation, modelling, optimisation, design, and visualisation
Design solutions of the created or improved products
Engineering solutions of a product
Process management of the creative-design activities
The link between the engineering science and industrial design
The main tasks of the creation process are to recognize and analyze design features of the newly created or improved products and plan the implementation of their design. This can be achieved only through the general knowledge and skills of engineering and industrial design.
During the studies, theoretical knowledge is put into practice
Students, participating in the creative workshops, propose new ideas for the products of the companies and learn how to properly represent their skills. Two internships of professional activity are provided in the study program: the first should be performed at the base of Vilnius Academy of Arts and the second should be performed in the Lithuanian engineering companies.
Good knowledge of multidisciplinary product development process
By working in a company, a specialist in industrial design engineering assesses not only the functional, but the aesthetic needs of the new product in the context of competition and market changes; therefore, he can easily adapt to the changing conditions and needs of the industry, business, and society.
High demand for the specialists of industrial design engineering
The analysis of labour supply and cooperation with the social partners shows that there is a high demand for specialists who are able to design and implement ideas of industrial design in the product, as well as understand the characteristics of materials and production.
Advanced and ambitious students choose this study programme
This program is studied by motivated, creative, and advanced students, showing good study results. It ensures a friendly and study-oriented environment, helping to gain the necessary knowledge and skills easily.
Product and service development
Are you interested in creating real products and services while studying? It is now possible to test yourself by getting involved in a product development project (PDP). During the project, you will work in teams, collaborating with KTU researchers and social partners. While solving current, relevant problems you will improve your teamwork, project management, and problem-solving skills, deepen your professional knowledge and expand your career opportunities.
-Creation of new products from idea to prototype;
– Visualisation and animation of industrial and consumer products using graphic software;
– Preparation of technical drawings and 3D modelling using CAD systems;
– Engineering analysis of the designed products and optimisation of constructions.
– Able to develop engineering design ideas, proposals and solutions;
– Able to define engineering problems related to product development, clarify requirements applied to a product, analyse possible engineering solutions, select and implement the most appropriate one;
– Able to present creative ideas and projects of industrial products using visual and animation technologies;
– Able to design products of attractive design with regards to the properties of materials, production technologies, technical, social, health, safety, environmental, commercial and other defined requirements.
– Selection of functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and decoration, precise definition and recommendations for production;
– Development of design concepts for industrial, commercial and consumer goods and jewellery;
– Combining of aesthetic aspects and technical, functional, ecological and production requirements.
– Preparation of working drawings according to sketches and technical specifications prepared by engineers and designers;
– Creation of drawings for clothing using computer design and drawing equipment;
– Preparation of the information related to mounting, operation, technical maintenance and repair of equipment.
– Preparation of standards for installation, changing, quality control, testing, inspections and maintenance according to the engineering principles and safety rules;
– Analysis of the use of labour force, employees’ timetables and expenses aiming to determine the biggest efficiency of employees and equipment;
– Preparation of technical specifications for production and planning of systems layout.
Lecturers. Experts in their field
Freelance designer, Master's student of VDA Design Studies
When I went to university, I was looking for a balance between science and creativity. This interdisciplinary study programme in Industrial Design Engineering fulfilled all my expectations. It gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of design, develop their aesthetic sense and at the same time learn engineering, material science, manufacturing technology and master three-dimensional modelling. Throughout the school year, extracurricular activities were a great pleasure, diversifying leisure time and allowing the acquisition of additional useful competences. It is also great that the university encourages good students with generous scholarships.
Before I started studying Industrial Design Engineering, I met people who told me I was taking a very difficult path. But I believe that there is no easier way to study if you want to see yourself in that field. I have met wonderful women engineers along the way. So I encourage you to dream boldly and choose your field of study freely!
The Industrial Design Engineering programme is an opportunity not only to learn engineering, but also to create engineering. The studies are focused on product development and problem solving - the problem and goal are defined, the initial design is created, 3D modelling is carried out, sustainable and environmentally friendly materials are selected, mechanical elements are integrated, manufacturing processes are analysed, and cost-quality-time assessments are made. It also includes the development of product design and manufacturing strategies, the provision of know-how, and above all the development of analytical thinking. Not only are there interesting lectures given by competent lecturers and guest lecturers, but students also visit various companies, where experience is transferred directly from the labour market to the student. All these skills acquired during their studies have built a solid foundation for achieving their goals and careers. So if you dream of being an engineer, a leader or a developer, this is the study programme for you.
Director of JSC Novameta
During their studies, graduates of the programme study production processes, technologies, equipment and various methodologies (Lean), gain initial design experience and learn how to draw detailed sketches. These graduates develop innovative products, manage the company's production processes, take care of product quality and help the company "Novameta" to be one of the best manufacturers of equipment for industrial kitchens in Europe.
Head of the Study Programme
Assoc. Dr. Kristina Žukienė
Studentų St. 56, Kaunas, Lithuania
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