Master in Transportation Design

IAAD Istituto D'Arte Applicata e Design

Program Description

Master in Transportation Design

IAAD Istituto D'Arte Applicata e Design

IAAD department of “Car Body Architecture” first in Italy opened in Turin in 1978. Since 2008 it is entitled in memory of Andrea Pininfarina.

The specialization in Transportation design deals with the study of the main means of transport with a focus on mobility systems and environmental sustainability.

Turin is the undisputed world capital of automotive design and one of the centres of excellence in the international automotive industry: the great Italian production of Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, the design of Giugiaro and Pininfarina, Bertone, the automotive innovation of Centro Ricerche Fiat, the robotic technologies of DEA, Comau and Rambaudi, the innovation of Oxygen (electric alternative mobility), not to mention an enormous satellite activities that serves not only Fiat, but almost all of the major car manufacturers in Europe and the world. To confirm this today also Chinese design companies choose Turin as European seat. Thanks to this important supply chain, IAAD Transportation design department is flanked by a pool of important partner companies both public and private, which contribute to the activation of research projects, special lectures, workshops and seminars, company visits, educational activities and internships.


IAAD have always had the goal of providing an innovative approach to training: the best way to become a professional in transportation is being apprenticed to learn from experts in the field. With this insight, IAAD is the first Italian university of higher education specializing in transportation design.

The design work done in collaboration with IAAD partner companies which allow students to put into practice what they study in an environment very close to what they will encounter in the professional field. IAAD Master courses, thanks to this educational philosophy, are a perfect incubator for tomorrow’s talent, responding directly to the needs and market trends. To train young professionals within the educational programme, IAAD recreates what happens in the professional world. One of the hallmarks of the method IAAD is the constant collaboration with leading companies in the sector for the realization of joint projects. Converging in the projects both the needs of the partner companies and educational goals, creates a situation doubly favourable aspiring designers have the opportunity to work with industry leaders and these ones can monitor future talents to be included in their companies. This system also allows to simulate working conditions in a professional context: working with precise deadlines, correcting the work in progress by following the feedback of the customer, working in teams and goals.

In this process, the teachers are key figures representing the connection between IAAD and industry. All the teachers are professionals in their respective fields of teaching, know the companies in the industry and know what it takes for young designers to be competitive on the market. Students find in Professors a valuable reference to improve and understand what aspects of their professional skills are to be refined to enter as protagonists in the world of work.

During the course a great importance is given to presentations and design contest, students are encouraged to make presentations of their work, supported in participating in national and international contests. Projects must not only meet one designer favour, but must be able to be appreciated and understood by the jury of experts and the public.


// Preliminary Module

Graduates in Industrial Design, Automotive Engineering and related subjects, holders of a postgraduate diploma in Industrial and Transportation Design and candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field of transportation can access the Preliminary Module. Admission is subject to the assessment of the application, to be submitted by letter of application, curriculum vitae and portfolio. IAAD reserves the right to request the candidates, if necessary, an interview in person or via Skype.

// Master Module

Access to the Master Module from Preliminary is subject to the attainment of 60 ECTS credits of Preliminary Module. For the attainment of 60 ECTS credits, students will be required to develop a project-work to be presented in the final stage of the Preliminary Module and the overcoming of TOEIC test. Students can customize their curricula with participation in contests, seminars or workshops to collect additional credits necessary for overcoming the Preliminary Module. Graduates in Transportation Design or who have gained significant experience in the Transportation Design or modelling can access the Master Module. Admission to the course is in both cases possible only with the approval of the Coordinator of the course based on the assessment of academic qualifications, professional resume and portfolio.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

Last updated March 9, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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May 2017
10 months
Full time
Start date May 2017
Italy Turin
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End date Feb. 28, 2017
Duration 10 months
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