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 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.
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