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.

Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the Design subject + Portfolio.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Read More.


Application step by step

APPLICATION at University Admissions for study year 2019/2020 opens in October.
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".

How to apply?
Read information at University Admissions, look at tab "Find out more"

October 16, 2018 - Application will open
The online application service at opens at 13.00 local time. Follow the instructions! All documents should be uploaded or sent to University Admissions, Östersund, except portfolio and motivation letter. Important: keep your registration number for further steps.  

Upload us your portfolio and a letter of motivation
Link to upload will be published here when application opens.
Both files should be PDFs. The portfolio should be optimized for screen viewing (landscape format).

January 15, 2019              
Last day to apply through

February 1, 2019                
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at University Admissions.
Last day to upload your portfolio at UID web.

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

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 skill and therefore should also be documented in the portfolio. Pictures of mock-ups, sculptures, physical and digital models must be presented.

We look at

  • The applicant's present capabilities and skill level in industrial design.

  • Ability to identify design opportunities and solve problems.

  • Creative thinking process and artistic ability expressed both by freehand sketches and renderings.

  • Three-dimensional form understanding is an important skill and therefore should also be documented in the portfolio. Pictures of mockups, sculptures, physical and digital models must be presented. The latter ideally will also represent the applicant's knowledge about manufacturing technologies and materials.

  • Good notion or genuine interest in vehicles is important.

  • Knowledge of 2D and 3D softwares can also make a difference.

Both product and transportation design projects can be included among the different work samples.


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 might be given a creative assignment as preparation for the final interview.

Notification status

April 4, 2019 
Notification of the selection results is sent out via University Admissions.

In April, 2019          
A Welcome letter will be sent out via e-mail from Umeå Institute of Design to all admitted students.


If admitted

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

Further questions?

Please contact us, by writing her an email to