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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.

2014 Td Curriculum Bw

1. Skills & Techniques

Syllabus: 5ID094 

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

Syllabus: 5ID117 5ID118

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 Design

Syllabus: 5ID086

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 Theory

Syllabus: 5ID092

This course covers manufacturing methods, new technologies and the main technical aspects that influence vehicle design.

5. Strategic Design

Syllabus: 5ID089

At this point in the programme students are exposed to the subjects of branding and presentation techniques. With the support of specialized lecturers and tutors, students learn to examine and understand brands. They will then propose strategies that could promote such brands in a meaningful direction for the future. During this block our students also learn and practice to speak in public and to organize their presentation content in effective ways.

6. Storytelling in Design

Syllabus: 5ID108

During this course students will focus on "visual storytelling"; a creative technique that sparks ideas and helps them to visually explain the thinking process behind new vehicle concepts.

7. Form Workshop

Syllabus: 5ID189

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

Syllabus: 5ID091

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

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.

 10. Degree Project

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.