MFA Transportation Design

Transportation is an essential and integral part of any society. A growing global population, combined with environmental degradation, present new challenges in designing tomorrow's transportation solutions. As a transportation designer you can play a key role by developing sustainable, functional and safe products and systems that appeal to future users.



The Master's programme in Transportation Design at Umeå Institute of Design is unique in covering general transportation problem areas and their relation to the transport industry worldwide. The study programme is based on the Scandinavian design tradition, which emphasises the understanding of the users' interests and needs as a key to successful products.

Modern methods and aids

The studies convey the ability to work with conceptual ideas, genuine knowledge of work development in the automotive industry, and a good comprehension of the use of modern methods and aids in transportation design. During your studies you develop specific knowledge in areas like presentation techniques, strategic design, visual storytelling, physical and digital development.

Project work with external partners

The programme combines theoretical and creative workshops and intensive skill development. A great deal of time is devoted to project work in collaboration with external partners like research institutions or design department from different companies. During training, the student receives constant feedback from experienced industrial designers working in the industry. All instruction is in English.

Degree project event with invited companies

All degree projects are presented at a large event, UID Design Talks & Degree Show, where students from all design programmes participate. In addition to students, relatives and friends, the audience includes representatives from a number of multinational companies.

Exterior Interactions - A Degree Project: Max Troicher's concept is a futuristic car that interacts via its exterior


Internships allow further development of professional skills and the expansion of one's own business networks in preparation for a future career in transportation design. Over the years our students have been taking advantage of the school's broad network of industry connections, engaging in voluntary internships during the summer months between the first and second year in the programme, or by applying for a full gap year sometime before the final thesis project. The school encourages a period of practice in connection to the master education and for this reason an elective third term internship is also a formal possibility in the programme syllabus.


Year 1: 1st term includes Skills and Techniques CAID 1  &  2   and   Project 1: Vehicle Design. 2nd term consists of Vehicle Design Analysis  Project 2: Strategic Design and Storytelling in Design.

Year 2: 3rd term with elective choice of a course package including Form Workshop, Project 3: Vehicle Interior Design and Future Mobility or the alternative Practice in Transportation Design. 4th term is the Degree project.


Following your degree you may be employed in major global corporations like Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Scania, Geely, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley, Kia Motors as well as design consultancies such as Semcon, Kiska and Cliff Design.

During your education you have the opportunity to enrol in industry placements (internships) which will help you develop your professional skills as well as your own network in preparation for the design career.
Depending on your performance and professional experience upon completion of the studies, you may join these companies as junior, senior or freelance designer.

Further studies?

Following your degree you can enter PhD studies and follow an academic career.


BW Jonas Sandström

Jonas Sandström
Programme Director





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