Frisian Design Factory

The Frisian Design Factory is looking for concrete solutions for multidisciplinary problems. We work with real assignments from companies. A lot of companies can innovate in their own sector, but finding cross-sector innovations/solutions turns out to be a challenge. Our approach goes beyond the boundaries of sectors. 

Minor description

We are concerned with issues of the future and seek solutions for Rural Design. These solutions we create with teams of students, creative experts, researchers, and research institutions and companies. Our method Design Thinking generates new knowledge and skills, in addition to concrete solutions for these issues. Our approach contributes to regional business, economic strength, and jobs. You will be working in interdisciplinary teams, with students from different educational institutes. You will be working on real assignments and provide the client with different prototypes. We have our own studio in an old prison in the centre of Leeuwarden, the Blokhuispoort.


If you have any questions, please contact Amarins Schuilenburg, coordinator of the minor Frisian Design Factory,


  • Semester: fall/spring
  • Level: second, third, or final year
  • Amount of ECTS: 30
  • Grading policy: fail/pass
  • Prerequisites: English level B2
  • Optional course: Dutch Language and Culture



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