Co-Design Studio

Do you have a vast interest in design and innovation? Do you want to enhance and deepen your designing skills and mindset and understand the diverse users and contexts you are designing for thoroughly? Are you willing to work hard for this? Then you are very welcome to our exchange programme Co-Design Studio. We’d love to work with you!

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This is not regular school. This is an engaging design studio, working with real clients and coaches that actually work in the field of design. We focus on systemic and inclusive design in a technical environment, with a strong heart for lasting sustainability, life-changing healthcare solutions and relevant social innovations that include all of society.

Useful to know

Start date February, September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor - intensive
Programme code TIED-MWCDS-14
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to participate in this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Too often, innovation is based on our own ideas and perspectives. Or simply technology-driven, creating a push to the market. Our international programme on Co-Design 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!

We work as a dynamic design agency with you on design (research) projects for our corporate clients, focusing on mobility, sustainability, social innovation, and health care. Watch our video to get an impression.

This programme is tough. It takes 40+ hours a week (when in doubt, please contact one of our alumni to confirm). 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-centred design, user research, experience design, rapid/early prototyping, entrepreneurship, and organisational development, is very approachable throughout the programme.

Feel free to contact us for any information regarding the programme or whether you’d fit in. But in general: 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!

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Natascha Helmer.

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

Course unit title

Course unit descriotion


Co-Design Exploration

Create and explore your creative potential. Discover your identity as a junior design professional in Co-design processes and expose yourself in artefacts.


Co-Design Tools

Get acquainted and gain experience with several design tools.


Co-Design Project One

Learn the co-design process and develop specific qualities. A 5-week project including diverse lectures and workshops on Researching, Sketching and Writing.


Co-Design Project Two

Learn how to be owner of the co-design process and show your added value. A 5-week project including a personal assignment on design process.


Co-Design Signature Project

Show understanding of the co-design process, execute it yourself. A 5-week signature project.


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.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

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).

We are offering this design programme 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.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: If your English language ability proves to be insufficient to participate actively in (parts of) the courses you have chosen, we cannot be bound to the Learning Agreement, neither can we guarantee to offer you the required amount of study load (EC’s). Teachers might request you to take a diagnostic test at the start of the course to check if your English language ability is sufficient to successfully participate in that specific course. In all cases it is up to the programme manager to decide if your English language ability is sufficient to be eligible for the programme/course.

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Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Become an innovator

    Working in our team of international experts and with very ambitious fellow students, you will get a taste of the career that awaits you.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Exterior Padualaan 99 and 101, Utrecht Science Park

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