Co-Design Studio

If you have a vast interest in creativity and innovation, you want to be better at understanding the world you are designing for, and you are willing to work hard for this, you are very welcome to our next edition of the Co-Design Studio. We’d love to work with you!

This program has strong links to product design and Communication Multimedia Design, however, we do not limit ourselves.

We are offering this design program to both designers (e.g. product design or communication multimedia design) and non-designers (e.g. health care students, business students, engineering students). Feel free to contact us for any information regarding the programme or how it will most benefit your development.

Entry requirements

If you care about creativity and innovation, and you’re ambitious, you’re the one we are looking for! You need to have at least a propaedeutic diploma (issued after the first year of university studies).

You are expected to have attained English language skills at CEFR level B2.


We work as a dynamic design agency with you on design (research) projects for our corporate clients, focusing on mobility, sustainability, social innovation and healthcare. You’ll work in teams most of the time, however, these teams change a lot, so you actually get to work with many different students from the programme. Besides project work, there are (guest) lectures and workshops.

Our international programme is aimed at inspiring you and supporting you in becoming an expert in understanding the user and their context – and thus creating better products or services from their perspective. It will increase your chances for successful innovation for sure!

This programme is tough. It takes 40+ hours a week. We believe that only with a lot of effort and attention from both you and us, we can do great things this semester. Our team of experienced professionals, known for their skills in (product) design, user-centered design, user research, experience design, rapid/early prototyping, entrepreneurship, and organisational development, is very approachable throughout the programme.

Learning objectives

After completing this minor programme, you are able to:

  • Apply several Co-Design Tools in the Design Process.
  • Share the relevance of the Co-Design Tools to the design process.
  • Reflect on why the experience is relevant for your personal and professional development.


The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course unit title Content ECTS
Co-Design Exploration Create and explore your creative potential. Discover your identity in Co-design processes and expose yourself in artefacts. 5
Co-Design Tools Get acquainted and gain experience with several design tools.  5
Co-Design Project One Learn the co-design process and develop specific qualities. A 4-week project including intense lectures on Researching, Sketching and Writing. 5
Co-Design Project Two Learn how to be owner of the co-design process and show your added value. A 4-week project including a personal assignment on design process. 5
Co-Design Signature Project Show understanding of the co-design process, execute it yourself. A 6-week signature project. 10

Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects and should normally be followed as such. It is not possible to combine (two or more) programmes in one single period.


Course Assessment
Co-Design Tools Individual presentation at expo
Co-Design Exploration Individual presentation at expo
Co-Design Project One Presentation (60%), Report (40%)
Co-Design Project Two Presentation (40%), Report (60%)
Co-Design Signature Project Presentation (50%), Report (30%), Portfolio (20%)


Convivial toolbox. P.J. Stappers, Elizabeth B.N. Sanders & Pieter Jan Stappers (2012). – Toolkit Medialab Amsterdam


Co-Design Studio is a (more than) full-time programme consisting mainly of interactive projects. Lectures, workshops, master classes, guest lectures and coaching are scheduled throughout the week.

Additional costs


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