Study profile Master Industrial Design

The Master Industrial Design (MID) at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is a two-year full-time programme for designers who want to contribute to the world by developing meaningful and conscious products.

The programme unites the technical aspects of Industrial Design with its cultural meaning, societal significance and global impact. The focus of the programme is on translating a strong personal vision in applied design. Using artistic research, cultural consciousness and technical innovation in the industry as a basis to work from, the programme educates designers to become professionals who critically question, investigate and shape the industrial field with their designs. Their design products are the accumulation of design research, personal vision and artistic quality.

See the full description of the Master Industrial Design.




Full-time 2 years

Department Head


Master of Arts




Professional Perspective

Master Industrial Design graduates develop a strong personal vision, acquire design skills and knowledge and learn to apply these directly in their design practice. Graduates can take on strategic roles, initiate and design new products or create new design approaches and thrive in multidisciplinary teams. Graduates can start their own design studio, work in design consultancies and manufacturing industries worldwide, or become design managers in global companies.

Master Industrial Design podcast: design journey

image courtesy of Unfold Design Studio

Episode #3 features Dries Verbruggen of Unfold Design Studio. Together with partner Claire Warnier he investigates craft and industrial production and explores the promising realm that lies in between.

Special thanks to Dries Verbruggen and sound technician Rein Wijnja of River Studio.

photo by Boudewijn Bollmann

What bio-based, sustainable alternatives can be found for synthetic textiles? The past semester the enthusiastic first year students of the Master Industrial Design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague sought to answer this question under the guidance of designer and teacher Lenneke Langenhuisen of design duo Buro Belén.

Buro Belén call themselves 'materializers'. But what do 'materializers' do? We interviewed Lenneke about Beléns design practice and the challenges of working with natural materials and making industry more sustainable.

Special thanks to Lenneke Langenhuijsen and sound technician Rein Wijnja of Riverstudio.

In this first Dutch spoken episode of design journey , KABK alumna Lilian van Daal (1988) talks about how she takes inspiration from nature when designing new products. She actively seeks collaborations with both scientists and industrial partners. But what she loves to do most is put ants under her microscope.

Lilian is among the new generation of designers and creators who were supported in 2018 by a Talent Development grant and is featured in the Talent Platform by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie during the Dutch Design week 2018.

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