Study environment

Industrial Design (Master's Programme)

Study environment

Contrary to many other programmes of study at the university, Industrial Design is a bit more like comprehensive school.

You will be in a class of 22 students, you will have your own work desk and class room, and you spend most of your time in a building where much of the work is carried out.
You will have a regular schedule for each of the four courses you take each semester. Some courses are large common courses for more than 1000 students with lecture-based teaching and assignments, just like in comprehensive school. But as a student, you are youreselv responsible for your own learning of course.


Project studio

  • for drawing and work with cardboard and textiles
  • photographer's studio with flashlamps, reflectors and blue wall
  • ideal for workshops and seminars


Each class has its own studio, approximately 75 square meters in size, complete with drawing tables and lockable bookcases, as well as a common area furnished with tables and chairs. Network connections for private computers and laptops are available.

Prototyping workshop

The main workshop can be used to create models in wood, foam, metal or plastic.

  • wood and foam division: including band saws, circular saws, lathe.
  • metal division: including equipment for welding and turning
  • polymer division: including equipment for injection moulding and vacuum pulling
  • spray-paint shop with suction
  • electronics division
  • laser cutter
  • One large and several smaller 3D printers

Usability lab

  • Oculus Rift 3D VR glasses
  • Leap Motion controller
  • Silverback usability testing
  • 2 x Mirametrix eyetracking equipment
  • 25" touchscreen
  • large Wacon tablet
  • Human Cad 3D analysis software
  • 2x Gert Aging Simulators, wheelchair, etc.

Multimedia lab

Students should feel free to use the lab for private projects in their spare time.

  • facilities for music- and video editing
  • DV camera and sound equipment for loan
  • MIDI-keyboard
  • 2 powerful PCs with double screens + iMac

Computer labs

The department has dedicated computer labs in addition to the common NTNU PC labs.

  • up-to-date machines, totalling around 30 PCs
  • scanners, 3D-scanners, slide scanner, copymachine, color and black and white plotters, laminating machine for postermaking
  • a large collection of state-of-the-art 2D and 3D, and ergonomi software.

Student society - student life

Orientation week and Buddy week is for most new students their first meeting with social activities at the university. The buddy week is organized by the student society and it is an efficient way to get to know your fellow students, campus and Trondheim. 

Industrial Design’s student society is called Leonardo. The society is named after the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci who mastered art, aesthetics and technology, and thus is the ideal for a Master in technology in Industrial Design.
Leonardo arranges social activities such as film nights, outings and other trips and parties. There are also academic arrangements after hours, with a wide range of activities, from nude drawing classes to guest lectures.