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.
1. Skills & Techniques
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
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
This course covers manufacturing methods, new technologies and
the main technical aspects that influence vehicle design.
5. Strategic Design
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
6. Storytelling in Design
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
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
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
9. Future Mobility
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
10. Degree Project
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.