Industrial Design Engineering

Master`s Degree Programme, 5 years

Industrial Design Engineering

– Study environment
Individual work desks and class rooms, and belonging to a building where much of the work is carried out.

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 you are responsible for your own learning.

The project courses in design is however something brand new. Here you will face a design task that awaits a solution. The assignment is designed to give you a taste of a professional problem and demonstrate theories and methods in practice. There are no answers and no limits as to how much you may work with engaging and creative drawing, thinking and building. This work is carried out in close dialogue with and supervision by subject teachers from the Department of Product Design. Towards the end of your studies you are responsible for formulating the problems you wish to work with, and find contacts in the Norwegian industry.

Student facilities

The Department of Design reside in its own building on Gløshaugen campus at NTNU. This modern facility houses a variety of studios, workshops and equipment for working with wood, metal, plastic, and media.

Project studio

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

Classroom / Studios

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.


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

Linjeforeningen tilbyr mange sosiale sammenkomster for studentene, og reiser også på turer sammen.

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. It 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. The society arranges social activities such as film nights, exercise and parties. And also academic arrangements afte hours such as nude drawing and academic speeches.