University of Antwerp Faculty of Design Sciences

mission statement

Students are confronted with carefully selected aspects of science, economy, society and culture, to create synergy between these fields.

For example, in product development, students learn to pinpoint and master the relevant aspects of technological, economical and human sciences, to develop innovative products and services through interdisciplinary research.

international role

Product development participates actively in the Erasmus exchange program and has a pioneering role through the development of an EPS program within Flanders. Hereto there are collaborations with Aalto University, NPC (Villanova) and UPC (Valencia).

For research activities there are various collaborations with international research institutions like the Dutch technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, and the Technical University of Norway.

national role

There are collaborations through research and educational projects with VITO, the University hospitals of Flanders, the universities of Brussels, Leuven and Gent, and with associated faculties Health care, science and Applied economical science, and with the interdiciplinary Centre for health care technology.

main focus

Design, engineering, architecture

faculties and departments

Departement of design science

bachelor level programs

ABA Architecture, 3 years
ABA Interior architecture, 3 years
ABA Product development, 3 years

master level programs

MA Monuments and landscape conservation, 2 years
MA Product development, 2 years
MA Urban planning, 2 years

research activity and main areas

Product development has three research fields:

1 Methods in New Product Development (NPD) with subfields
1.1 Sustainable NPD
1.2 Proces and Organisation of NPD
1.3 Interaction Design

2. New product development in health care

doctorate level programs

Doctor in architecture
Doctor in product development

subject areas for exchange students

applied engineering, health care, project management, architecture.

teaching languages

English, Dutch

semester dates

1st semester: middle of september till the beginning of the second semester.
2de semester: end of januari till end of june

cost of living per month (studying and living)

600 Euro's
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