MFA in Transportation Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

During the last century we have come to depend on transportation as a social and lifestyle necessity. The world has evolved with the desire and need to use vehicles. Cars, for instance, have become an integral part of our culture.

Today, population growth and environmental issues are challenging the transportation industry. New solutions to vehicles and transport systems must be found. Innovation for mobility is required globally. Designers have a major role to play in developing functional, safe and ergonomic products and systems which will include qualities that are desirable and appealing to an increasingly intelligent and discerning group of users.

Designers have the digital tools to offer insight into the future possibilities of transport. The advancement and availability of powerful 3D software and rapid prototyping tools have presented designers with new ways of quickly visualising future life situations involving vehicles. At Umeå Institute of Design, students have the opportunity to explore their own design ideas and bring them closer to reality with the help of such state-of-the-art equipment.

The Transportation Design Programme is unique in its scope of interest, dealing with the whole transportation design field in cooperation with industry. Students are educated to have an open mind conceptually as well as when it comes to detailed realistic design solutions. The education supports a balanced thinking process where form and function work together.


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.

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  • 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

    Martin WillersVanessa SatteleAndreas JohanssonBilgi KaranNatasha AzamRahul SenJanathan TatumTanguy PrevotHannes SeebergAlberto VillarrealStina JonssonTommy ForsgrenAsok George