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 you develop your professional skills as well as your own business networks in preparation for a future careern in design. Internships are arranged with Swedish as well as international companies and organisations. Some students take the opportunity to  get some valuable experience during the summer months.  Many students take further advantage of the school's broad network of industry connections and do a full year of internships between the first and the second year of the programme. 


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


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 Demian Horst

Demian Horst
Programme Director





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  • Facts & Figures

    10 nationalities. The Programme currently hosts students from Canada, China, Malaysia, Germany, India, Lithuania, Hungary, Norway, Finland & Sweden.

  • Full scale Audi concept car built by UID students

    During March-December 2014, students from UID's programme in Transportation Design developed, in collaboration with Audi, a full-scale prototype of a new Audi roadster.

    Learn more about the project

  • Recent Internships

    Peugeot Design Lab, France. Mercedes Advanced Design, Italy. Mercedes AMG, Germany. BMW DesignworksUSA, USA. Porsche Design, Germany. Bang & Olufsen, Denmark. Daihatsu, Japan. Suzuki, Japan. BMW, Germany. Toyota Europe, Belgium. Design Storz, Austria. Audi, Germany. BMWi, Germany. BMW 2Wheels, Germany. Kawasaki, Japan. Volvo Cars, Sweden. Scania, Sweden. Atlas Copco, Sweden. MINI, Germany. Volkwagen, Germany.

  • Alumni interviews

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