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Master's Programme in Transportation Design

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

Transportation is an essential and integral part of any society, with population growth and environmental problems creating challenges the transportation industry must address with new and innovative solutions. As a transportation designer you can influence this development by producing competent products that appeal to the hearts and minds of people. During your studies you learn how to work with conceptual ideas through projects in collaboration with external partners.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.
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While studying

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. 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 parters

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.

Programme overview

Year 1:
Skills and Techniques. CAID 1&2. Vehicle design. Vehicle Design Theory. Strategic Design. Storytelling in Design.

Year 2:
Form Workshop. Vehicle Interior Design. Future Mobility. Degree project.

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Career opportunities

Following their degrees our students are frequently employed in major global corporations like Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Scania, Geely, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley, Kia Motors as well as design consultancies like 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 their performance and professional experience upon completion of the studies, our students often will join these companies as junior, senior or freelance designers.

Further studies?

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


Degree of Master of Fine Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design. Specialisation: Transportation Design.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Transportation Design, 120 hp

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International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

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Number of places



A Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design + Portfolio. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.


For acceptance to the Masters program, artistic talent and design aptitude is essential. Selection among qualified applicants is based upon submitted portfolio material and interviews and/or creative assignment. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: through the national online application service Step 2: Portfolio is uploaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage. Information about application at

Application code



Application deadline was 15 January 2019. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Tuition fee, first instalment


Total fee


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

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Demian Horst, programme director