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Master's Programme in Transportation Design, 120 Credits

About the programme

Transportation is an essential and integral part of any society. Population growth and environmental problems create challenges that the transportation industry must address with new and innovative solutions. Transportation designers can influence this development by producing competent products that appeal to the hearts and minds of people. Design, which is a crucial part of product development, strongly affects the way we utilise and understand many things in our environment. The Transportation Design Programme 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. 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 the two years education at Umeå Institute of Design students can develop specific knowledge in areas like presentation techniques, strategic design, visual storytelling, physical and digital 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.

Study language is English.

Application is made in two steps.
Step 1: through the national online application service Deadline for application: January 15.
Step 2: Portfolio sent to Umeå Institute of Design. Information about application at

Level of education: Continuation programme
Degree: Degree of Master of Fine Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design. Specialisation: Transportation Design. Application and eligibility Programme syllabus


The work method is a combination of theoretical and creative workshops and intensive skill development. During training, the student receives constant feedback from experienced industrial designers working in the industry.

Career Opportunities

Students are frequently employed in major vehicle corporations as well as design consultancies.

Application and eligibility


Tuition fees and scholarships

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
For most degree programmes rates are SEK 90,000–135,000 per year. Programmes in architecture, design, and fine arts range from SEK 270,000 to SEK 330,000 per year.

Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

The Swedish Institute administers numerous scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden.

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Umeå Institute of Design

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