Admissions to the MFA in Transportation Design

 General facts

About 10-12 students are admitted to the programme every year, plus 2 exchange students may be accepted for one or two semesters.

Admission is based on applicant's documentation, portfolio and an interview.

The programme is taught in English.

Tuition fees are covered by Swedish government grants for EU citizens. Scholarships are available for non EU students. Learn more about tuition and scholarship for non EU citizens.

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. Read More.


Application for study year 2022/2023

Application closed on January 17

Application is done through the national online application service

You can only apply to UID programmes in the First admission round, autumn semester at University Admissions.  (UID programmes do not participate in the Second admission round, autumn semester nor in the Spring Admission rounds.) This means that UID programmes are not open for "late applications".

Application step by step

Step 1: Find the programme through the search function at the on-line application service Follow the instructions!  All documents should be uploaded or sent to University Admissions, except portfolio and motivation letter, which is sent directly to Umeå Institute of Design. Important: keep your personal application number for further steps.  

Step 2: Portfolio is uploaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage (See instructions below)

Upload your portfolio and a letter of motivation
Link to portfolio  - upload is now closed

Both files should be PDFs. The portfolio should be optimized for screen viewing (landscape format).

October 18, 2021
Application opens at

January 17, 2022
Last day to apply through Deadline at midnight CET.

February 1, 2022
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at University Admissions.
Last day to upload your portfolio at UID web. Deadline at midnight CET.

Deadline for application fee:
If you are non EU citizen, pay the application fee of 900 SEK.
If you are EU/EEA citizen, submit the documentation of your citizenship status to confirm that you do not need to pay application or tuition fees. Read more.

Please note that communication about your admission process will be handled through your University Admission account, which you create when you apply.

Portfolio requirements

We see the portfolio as a fundamental way to express individual interests, personality, artistic talent and one's visions for a better future through design. Naturally, the portfolio also allows us to understand the applicant's experience and current skill level in industrial design. During the selection process, goals and relevance of the design projects documented in the portfolio are closely taken into consideration. This means that the motivation or background story for the design proposals are important and should be described in a visual and concise manner. A life-centric approach, purposefulness and progressive thinking in design will help setting the work apart from other applicants. The portfolio should express one's creativity and artistic ability both by freehand sketches and renderings. Aesthetic judgement and understanding of three-dimensional form are very important skills for a future transportation designer, and therefore should also be documented in the portfolio.

We look at

  • Overall capabilities and skill level in industrial design.
  • Ability to identify relevant opportunities and to solve problems using design as a process.
  • Creative thinking and artistic ability expressed both by freehand sketches and renderings.
  • Three-dimensional form understanding. Pictures of mockups, sculptures, physical or digital models must be presented. The latter ideally will also represent the applicant's knowledge about manufacturing technologies and materials.

There is no expectation that these three-dimensional work samples will display experience in vehicle design. Different industrial design projects showing one's reasoning to select ideas and then moving those from 2D into 3D form are very welcome in the portfolio.

The digital portfolio (PDF) should be optimised for screen viewing (landscape format).

Motivation letter

Using maximum one page (A4 size), please describe the reasons why you would like to specialise in Transportation design.


Selection process

The selection process based on the applicant's portfolio is done in two steps. In the first step, about 20-30 applications are shortlisted by the recruitment group. Shortlisting is based solely on the talent displayed in the portfolios. Applicants who are shortlisted to the second part of the selection process may be given a creative assignment as preparation for the final interview.

Notification status

April 7, 2022
Notification of the selection results is sent out via University Admissions.

If admitted

If you are accepted to the programme, please visit the Migration Agency website to inform yourself on practical visa and residency details.

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