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