4th. semester
The design process


Technical design

Prof. Martin Topel

Prof. Martin Topel

This is a special focus area in the UWID model. Technical product development must be based on a profound knowledge of the materials, construction, and manufacturing processes of modern industrial products.
Technical design trains analytic skills with respect to housing structures and technical functions and components, in order to explore the scope they allow for the designer.
The UWID model tasks students with the design of a relatively simple technical product, focusing on the one hand on technical structures, electronics, electromechanics, mechanics, ventilation, cooling etc., and on the other on housing architecture and plastic injection moulding. The interrelation of these aspects and their impact on functional and formal considerations is examined.

Insights gained in the research phase are tried and tested in the concept and draft phases of redesign. Focus on the student's individual design work makes the didactic connection with the courses on manufacturing technology, plastics technology, CAD, and technical draw-ing. Manual modeling and finishing are practiced in combination with rapid prototyping.

Students learn in this module to:

  • analyze and evaluate the complexity of simple technical products
  • work to a project plan and coordinate its numerous external parameters
  • link design scope with manufacturing technology
    · understand innovative manufacturing technologies, especially in the area of plastic injection moulding
    · develop the maximum number of variants within narrow parameters of decision
    · develop maximum design depth in close-up and detail
    · integrate professional CAD systems into the design process
    · communicate via 2D and 3D data

Students are expected to deliver full product documentation along with a finished model, and to organize an exhibition.


  • Technical drafting
  • Fundamentals of computer-aided design/CAD2
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Interface ergonomics

Module Director
Prof. Martin Topel


Experimental design

Prof. Gisela Kleinlein

The seminar lays the foundations for the development of individual creative design statements.
Experimental design brings together artistic and theoretical impulses. Practical lab work enables these to be tested and simulated in a context that is not primarily user-oriented. New approaches are tried out and developed on the basis of a conscious break with common practice or the adaptation of unconventional or obsolete concepts and procedures.

· Experimental design
· Design impulses
· Materials and processes lab
· Robotics lab

Module Director
Prof. Gisela Kleinlein

Mandatory internship

Students must provide evidence of a four-month basic internship in a craft or design company no later than the registration deadline for main examinations in the fourth semester.