MFA in Transportation Design
Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits
During the last century man has come to depend on transportation as a social and lifestyle necessity. The world has evolved with the desire and need to use vehicles. Cars, for instance, have become an integral part of our culture.
Our Transportation Design Programme is unique in its scope of interest, dealing with the whole transportation design field in cooperation with industry. Students are educated to have an open mind on both conceptual ideas and detailed realistic design solutions. They are encouraged to have a balanced thinking process where form and function work together.
The Transportation Design Programme gives the student competence to work with design and development of different types of vehicles; from bicycles and cars to public transportation means such as trains, buses and aircrafts. This is the first course of its type in the Nordic countries.
Students entering the Master’s programme in Transportation Design must have a basic understanding of designer tools together with a competent level of sketching skill. They will develop their creative thinking process with tutoring support focused on trying to solve future transportation problems. Students will explore how to design and develop vehicles of all types with a growing awareness of the environmental issues.
Our students are encouraged to build realistic vehicle concepts around future lifestyles. Equally, these designs must be attractive and desirable. The essence of the student work will be about form and function in balance with the human needs at the centre of their design development process.
International and Exchange Students
Teaching language is English and the course is open to international students. Exchange students are accepted preferably in the autumn term of the first year.
Field of Activities
The Transportation Design programme prepares students for working in the industry. Students are frequently employed in major corporations as well as design consultancies. We have a strong background in both transportation design practice and education. For this reason the quality of our education and the capabilities of students graduating from our programme have been well appreciated by the industry.
Many of our previous students have found a good position in the industry and in consultancies. Among those companies are Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Saab Automobiles, Scania, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Renault Trucks, GM, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and many more.
After graduation you will obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree in Transportation Design.
Applicants need a Bachelor's degree in the field of Industrial Design or an equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in teh Design subject + Portfolio. Admission process is heavilly based on a portfolio selection. Design portfolios are our main reference to select the most creative and talented applicants.
Specific portfolio requirements
The portfolio should contain several samples of your creative thinking process and artistic ability expressed both by freehand sketches and renderings. Understanding of three-dimensional form is an important skiss and therefore should also be documented in the portfolio. Pictures of mock-ups, sculptures, physical and digital models must be presented.
We expect portfolios to communicate the applicant's skills in all stages of the design process. This means that portfolios must expose the capability to identify design opportunities and solve problems. It must also present many samples of the applicant's creative thinking process and artistic ability expressed both by freehand sketches and renderings. Three-dimensional form understanding is an essential skill and therefore should also be documented in the portfolio. Pictures of mockups, sculptures, physical and digital models must be presented. The later ideally will also represent the applicant's knowledge about manufacturing technologies and materials. Good notion or genuine interest in different kinds of vehicles is important. Knowledge of 2D and 3D softwares can also make a difference.
Both product and transportation design material can be included among the 10 different project samples that are requested by the school. Project documentation should describe the whole development process, from basic research to final design proposals with strong consideration for the users of such products.
About the School
Umeå Institute of Design provides five academic programmes focusing exclusively on industrial design and related specializations. Programmes range from Bachelor’s to Master’s and Doctoral levels. We o ... Read More