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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 2021

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.
Why study the MFA Programme in Transportation Design

Hear students talk about their MFA TD experience

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.

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.

Read more about previous student projects

Exterior Interactions - A Degree Project

Max Troicher's concept is a futuristic car that interacts via its exterior

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.

Read more about UID19 Design Talks & Degree Show


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.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

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 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 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.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Transportation Design, 120 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2021 Visa tillfällen för efterkommande termin

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location





A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS in the field of Design + Portfolio. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements


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 2021. 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.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 146,250

Total fee

SEK 585,000

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

Common questions

I study a Bachelor in architecture or engineering. Am I eligible to apply to your Master's in transportation design?

Our Master's programme in transportation design is offered on an artistic foundation and you'll need a Bachelor's diploma with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in the design subject to be eligible to apply. This translates to creativity, artistic skills and an understanding about design methods. If you will not obtain these design credits in your Bachelor diploma, one option is to first apply to our Industrial Design Intensive (IDI) course. It is an intensive one year education that gives an introduction to the methods and processes used in the field of industrial design.

More about the Industrial Design Intensive course

How well should I be able to communicate in English?

Your English proficiency should be equivalent to English 6/English B from the Swedish upper secondary education.

More information about English requirements

Are there any grants or scholarships for design students?

Accepted students that come from non-EU countries are offered the possibility to apply for a reduction of the tuition fees.

More information about tuition and scholarships

What should my portfolio contain?

The Master's programme in Transportation Design has special requirements for the portfolio. You can find more information on the Umeå Institute of Design homepage.

More information about admission and portfolio

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contactpersons for the programme are:
Jonas Sandström, programme director