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The curriculum in transportation design education is set to follow a gradual increase in complexity along the study programme. It is also logically planned to guide our students through following the Scandinavian design principle of having a human-centered approach in product creation.

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1. Skills & Techniques (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID231

Students join the programme in the fall and are initially introduced to the basic tools that will be utilized during the study period. They are trained to handle the equipment found in the school's facilities and workshops. All new students develop their creative skills by doing intensive sketching exercises and also sculpting using materials like wood, wire, paper and clay.

2. CAID 1&2 (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID2295ID230

During the CAID courses students attend lessons on digital modeling where the state-of-the-art Autodesk Alias Automotive is taught. Preparation for rapid prototyping and visualization tools like Showcase & Keyshot are also covered.

3. Vehicle Concept Design (15 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID234

During this project our students must apply their previous knowledge to develop a complete vehicle (interior and exterior). Such exercise is normally implemented in collaboration with the industry and comprises further education about ergonomics, vehicle architecture and design methods. These student projects should present a mix of conceptual ideas and detailed realistic design solutions that give credibility to their results. An external tutor is assigned to support the group of students during all phases of the project and the collaborating company is normally represented during the reviews.

4. Vehicle Design Analyses (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID212

The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge about the aspects that influence form in vehicle design. During the first module a combination of lectures, seminars and a written assignment provide knowledge and opportunity for reflection about factors that influence the configuration of a vehicle. Then, supported by instructor tutorials, students get familiar with the techniques involved in physical model-making using automotive clay as media.

5. Strategic Design (15 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID228

The course is structured in 2 modules, providing knowledge and practice on brand identity and strategic design.  During the first three weeks of the course students learn how to analyze an existing brand and practice strategic design and innovation-driven tools that will support the creation of a design brief that is aligned to global sustainable development goals. In response to the students own design brief, ideation phase begins and creative tools are used to generate a number of possible design proposals that will fulfill the aspired attributes of the vechicle concept. These alternatives are discussed and one is selected for further refinement in the process. Regular tutoring sessions and seminars support the students learning during this section.

6. Storytelling in Design (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID227

This course provides both theoretical and practical information related to visual storytelling used for conceptual design creation, visualisation and communication. It includes storytelling theory, movie editing and a creative project work. During the first part of the course students are introduced to the theory, methods and techniques used in visual storytelling. Students also learn about video editing using professional digital tools. After that students develop a creative assignment from which the outcome is an individual or a group presentation. The objective of this creative project is to apply storytelling techniques to generate an advanced visual presentation that communicates the main inspiration or motivation behind the design of a new vehicle or transportation system.

7. Form in Transportation Design (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID233

As the course title implies our students focus on intensive form development during this block. Traditional and digital tools can be applied in the process.

8. Vehicle Interior Design (15 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID235

This project is normally carried out in collaboration with the industry. Students understand the importance of mapping real user needs in order to propose attractive, innovative and improved vehicle interior environments. The formal subjects included in the project are ergonomics, applied graphics, colours and materials.

9. Future Mobility (7,5 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID100

This course serves as preparation for the final thesis in the programme. It involves approaching transportation design with a holistic perspective and finding opportunities to develop the subject in bold and meaningful ways. The focus may not be the vehicle design itself but eventual systematic solutions for public and private transportation in the future. This course deals with reflections about the student's own design philosophy and the responsibilities related to the transportation design profession in the future.

Elective Track: Practice in Transportation Design (30 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID220

The elective course runs as an alternative to courses 7,8 and 9. It is structured in 3 sections in which contemporary practice and work-related situations are explored by the understanding, analyses, discussions and experience from practical participation in professional design contexts. Practical experience is critically compared to design theory and students reflect upon their observations during the period. Remote tutoring and checkpoints support the creation of a written report for submission at the end of the course. Supervision based on written assignments guides the student in the process of creating a proposal for a thesis project in the Transportation Design Programme.

10. Degree Project (30 credits)

Syllabus: 5ID200

The final core project in this program runs for 20 weeks and is a self-directed investigation into an area of your choosing. This project is normally done in cooperation with a corporate sponsor or external partner, established on the initiative of the student. You are expected to identify design opportunities, establish contact with stakeholders and write a project brief which includes project goals, description of methods, anticipated deliverables and outline budget. The process of defining the projects starts early in the third semester and is done in dialogue with the Programme Director. You will receive tutoring support throughout the project, with regular checkpoints to assess your progress. Your final results will be exhibited at annual graduation event.