What Dick says about the Master's in Industrial Design
Dick Hammer from Sweden
What do you like most about the Master's Programme in Industrial Design?
That you are free to shape your study plan according to who you are, what interests you, what you are good at and what you feel you need to practise more. I also like that you have to take a lot of responsibility.
Would you briefly describe what the programme looks like?
Generally, I have a part-time course that teaches tangible skills – everything from 3D modelling to sketching, design management or mechanics – with lectures and such. The rest of the time you usually work on a project by yourself, managing every step. All the semesters are more or less structured like this.
How did you like the learning environment and the relationship with the teachers and other students?
I know it sounds cliché, but I think we learn a lot from each other. We have a room where everyone has their desks and the whole class sits together. Most of the students study at school, not at home. So we talk to each other all the time, we help each other, share ideas, brainstorm together. Those who need more feedback and support from the teachers do receive it. I think that the teachers are incredibly committed and helpful – both to the current students and to the graduates. For example, they can give you support in pursuing the career you have chosen by helping you with finding internships and job offers. They are our link to the job market.
What is student life like in Lund?
Lund is a city for students; it looks like it has been built for students, it is young and vibrant. You notice it when you go downtown! Also, the international students are very well integrated with the Swedish students.
Every year since 1999, the Master’s students in Industrial Design at Lund University go to NASA and study at the Johnson Space Centre. How was your trip to NASA?
It was awesome! It is something I had been waiting for since I started the Bachelor's programme. We stayed in Houston for two weeks, two kilometres from the Johnson Space Centre. NASA’s Chief Architect stayed with our class all the time, we had the chance to enter the NASA area, something that is not allowed for regular visitors, and see the prototypes, attend lectures inside the NASA building, access their library to carry out our projects, and take guided tours. We spoke with real astronauts and engineers who have worked at NASA since the moon landing. They answered our questions and held lectures. It was so cool. We even saw real space suits. Incredible!
Six weeks before visiting NASA we were briefed on a mission to Mars and were asked to prepare, research, and select areas of interest. The briefing was extremely open. Some of us focused on a specific region of Mars, others on certain moments of a possible trip from the Earth to Mars. After six weeks, we went to Houston to present our ideas and receive feedback from NASA. While in Houston, we learned so many things that we could not find on the internet or read in books. I would say that 80% of what we have learned during this process we have learned at NASA. After presenting our projects, we had the opportunity to access NASA’s research to continue our study. NASA's Chief Architect is coming to Lund to listen to our final presentations. This year IKEA was also involved in the project. They were in Houston during the first 4-5 days of our stay and they will also attend our final presentations.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to work for a design consulting firm, where I would have the chance to work on different projects at the same time and experiment with different types of products. I like the idea of working in a challenging and wide-ranging environment.