Master of Fine Arts in Transportation Design
Students of Art Center’s Graduate Program in Transportation Design will help change the thinking of the automotive industry and the wider field of transportation and personal mobility.
The program will offer a choice of two tracks: the Vehicle Track and the Transportation Systems track.
The Vehicle Track will be for those who wish to enter or re-enter the vehicle manufacturing industry and who are motivated to use creativity and strategic thinking beyond the sketchpad.
The Transportation Systems track will be for those who are motivated to use design and systems thinking to create better transportation solutions at a systems level rather than at a product level.
There is growing recognition within business and industry that designers bring important value well beyond product and service development. Therefore, both tracks of our program are a curricular mix of design methodology, strategic innovation, systems thinking, customer-driven research and superior communication skills. This, combined with a specialist knowledge and understanding of the respective fields, will equip graduates to become agents of change across a broad transportation landscape.
Our program is a unique resource of creative leadership for all vehicle manufacturers as well as organizations and agencies responsible for planning, implementing and delivering complex transportation systems solutions for national, state and local use.
Our program will flourish with a diverse student population. Vehicle Track students will come with strong transportation design skills. The Transportation Systems track will welcome students with prior degrees in subjects such as design, architecture, urban planning, business administration, engineering, anthropology or economics will bring the multi-disciplinary culture that is essential for advancing transportation design over the coming decades. Their common attribute will be an enthusiasm for wanting to redefine what compelling, sustainable and viable transportation and mobility solutions should be for an inspired future.
Our graduates will go on to assume positions of creative leadership in the automotive industry, within and beyond the design studios; creative leadership across the broader field of transportation manufacturing; creative leadership within organizations and agencies responsible for planning, implementing and delivering transportation systems solutions.
About the School
The Art Center community—students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni—came together throughout 2010 to envision the future of our institution.