Swedish name: Masterprogrammet i transportdesign
This programme syllabus is valid: HT21 and until further notice
Programme code: DAITM
Credit points: 120
Registration number: 514-925-07
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2021-03-02
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.
After completing the study programme, a student who has applied for a degree can obtain a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) in accordance with the local qualification descriptor established by the Vice-Chancellor (see Umeå University's website).
In Swedish, Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) is called Konstnärlig masterexamen. Degree is awarded in the main field of study (Industrial Design) with specialisation in Transportation Design.
The education is at an advanced level (second cycle). The aims for second-cycle courses and study programmes are set out in the Higher Education Act, Chapter 1 Section 9.
The national aims for qualification are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance's Annex 2.
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) the student shall
General goals for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) in Industrial Design with a specialisation in Transportation Design at Umeå University
Student who has completed a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design with a specialisation in Transportation Design shall:
- have good ability to collect relevant information
- have an advanced ability to identify, formulate and analyse problems
- on a second-cycle artistic level have an advanced ability to work with two- and three-dimensional form and creative thinking
- on a second-cycle artistic level be able to present form through, inter alia, physical and/or digital models and sketches
- with good ability handle modern adequate computer-based equipment (3D CAD).
- demonstrate clear artistic ability and design knowledge, which includes an advanced sense of form, 3D design, presentation techniques and transportation design methodology,
- demonstrate creative capacity to develop new concepts and ideas in an iterative process together with specialist competences in the area of product development,
- master the different components of the design process very well
- apply advanced and contemporary design methods in practical project work
- have a very good ability to independently organise project work with respect to planning, execution, and presentation
- have the ability to participate in the product development process in cooperation with other specialists
- have an understanding of the organisation and activities of companies within the relevant industries
Goals for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) with a specialisation in Transportation Design at Umeå University
In addition to the general objectives for a Degree of Master in Industrial Design, a student shall have achieved the following objectives for a Degree of Master (120 credits) with a specialisation in Transportation Design:
- very good artistic ability to create advanced form with personal expression
- very good creative ability to develop new concepts and ideas in an iterative process together with other experts in the product development process
- very good artistic ability to visualise and present form
- very good ability to work with modern computer-based equipment and processes
- very good knowledge of design methodology in the field of transportation
- in-depth understanding of structure and organisation within the transportation industry
- great understanding and broad knowledge of various means of transportation with respect to functional, technical and ergonomic requirements
- good understanding of and ability to work with different types of industrial design in the transportation sector
Each syllabus sets out the examination formats used in each individual course.
Each syllabus sets out the grades used in the course.
A student who believes to have gained knowledge from previous relevant studies or professional experience that may be equivalent to a course or part of a course in the programme can apply for transfer of credits. Granting a transfer of credits means that the student will not have to study the parts of the programme included in the decision. Information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's website.
The programme is divided into four terms. The first term specialises partly on proficiencies with design tools and projects focused on vehicle design. The second term is further focused on design development of vehicles, both in terms of form but also from a design-strategic perspective. The third term focuses on complexity between vehicles and entire transportation systems and specialisation with respect to vehicle interiors and advanced form and aesthetics or practical placement at the company and in parallel reflections on the future of transportation design and the role of designers in relation to industry and society. The fourth term is dedicated to the degree project. All teaching is in English.
Compulsory courses are courses that all students enrolled in the programme normally study. A student enrolled in the study programme is guaranteed a seat in all compulsory courses, provided that the entry requirements for the course in question are met. Entry requirements are set out in each respective course syllabus.
5ID231: Skills and Techniques, TD, 7.5 credits
5ID212: Vehicle Design Analysis, 7.5 credits
Advanced computing and visualisation:
5ID229: CAID - Advanced level, step 1, 3.0 credits
5ID230: CAID - Advanced level, step 2, 4.5 credits
5ID227: Storytelling in Design, 7.5 credits
Application with a specialisation in transportation design:
5ID086: Project 1: Vehicle Design, 15 credits
5ID228: Project 2: Strategic design, 15 credits
Elective courses are a selection of courses that Umeå University offers within the scope of the programme and where the student chooses which of these courses to enrol in. The student is guaranteed a seat in one of these courses, provided that the entry requirements for the courses in question are met. However, the student is not guaranteed a seat in their first choice courses. Entry requirements are set out in each respective course syllabus.
Students have two options during the third semester.
5ID220: Practice in Transportation design, 30 credits
Counts as 7.5 credits artistic work, 7.5 credits advanced computer skill and visualisation and 15 credits application with a specialisation in transportation design.
5ID189: Form workshop, Transportation design, 7.5 credits
Counts as 7.5 credits in artistic work in degree.
5ID100: Future Mobility, 7.5 credits
Counts as 7.5 credits Advanced computer skill and visualisation.
5ID091: Project 3: Vehicle interior, 15 credits
Counts as 15 credits Application with a specialisation in transportation design.
In compulsory courses, the student has a guaranteed seat. In elective courses, admission is guaranteed for full study pace but not for individual courses. For current information on elective courses, please see the university's course catalogue and programme website: https://www.umu.se/utbildning/program/masterprogrammet-i-transportdesign/
Skills and Techniques, TD
CAID - Advanced level, step 1
CAID - Advanced level, step 2
Project 1: Vehicle Design
Vehicle Design Analysis
Project 2: Strategic design
Practice in Transportation design
Form Workshop, Transportation design
Project 3: Vehicle Interior
Degree Project and Examination
Information on deferment of studies is available on Umeå University's website.
Information on approved leave from studies is available on Umeå University's website.
Information on discontinuation is available on Umeå University's website.
Selection is based on the applicant's portfolio and, if applicable, final interview.
For general rules on the selection process, please see the university's admission regulations: