Master in Transportation Design
18th edition - The Master course in Transportation Design offers people with a great passion for cars the chance to engage strongly in car design techniques. It takes students at the core of design world, making them learn about innovative thinking and how to approach, develop and finalize the design of a car exterior and a car interior.
Turin is the perfect city for this course, because it is the world capital of car design, and it was the birthplace of the most important design houses and car companies of Italy. The city offers the chance to get the whole network of Car Designers to come to IED sharing their abilities with our students for classes, lectures, workshops or for recruiting young talents.
The Master focuses its approach on simulating a real work experience. The goal is to present a full-scale model designed and sculpted by the students. Then, it will be presented at the Geneva International Motorshow, the world’s most important display of car design.
Duration: 2 years
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Target - Admission to the Master course is open to graduates in all design fields, as well as to professionals with at least two years of work experience in the automotive sector. Applicants can also be directly admitted to a second year’s major.
Career opportunities – Graduates from the Car Interior Design major can work as Experts in multimedia products for automotive companies, design centres and firms active in the development of user interaction interfaces. At the end of the Car Exterior Design major, students can hold positions as Car Exterior Design Experts able to face design projects from the concept to its prototype creation.
Methodology and structure – The first year gathers students coming from different backgrounds, providing shared theoretical and design basis.
At the end of the first year, participants can choose the second year major: Car Exterior Design or Car Interior Design and User Experience. Both the specialisations receive a commission from a Design Centre for a concept car project, letting students become involved in what, to all intents and purposes, is a true work environment. They work on the same project, but focusing on different aspects. Both of them also deal with some mutual discipline and workshops, which provide in-depth analyses about Advanced Design and Interface Design.
Car Exterior Design students deal with all the different stages of the drafting and with the problems faced by a style centre, the final objective being the production of a full size scale model.
In the Car Interior and User Experience major, students focus on the interiors of the car using the most advanced technologies to develop interactive platforms and interfaces. They deal with planning and timing by facing a real case study, then they work on the design phase with the concept creation.
The Final Project consists in a unique mock-up joining the efforts of the students coming from both majors.
The course is designed to provide a general overview of Marketing and its contents by focusing primarily on the ability to carry out market research and analysis of the general situation of the world of the automobile.
The students must be capable of developing a car concept of a future car based on the principles of marketing.
Sketching is the most common technique used by designers to visualize their ideas and learn how to communicate a shape or concept quickly through fast drawing. It represents a basic technique for visual communication in a Design context.
The course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of physical modelling. Clay is the material most used in the world’s style centres thanks to its extreme pliability that allows very impressive results in a short time.
Car Design History and Culture
The history of car design is a subject with many sides to it.
The course teaches the history and evolution of car design through the study of the technical and stylistic innovations that have brought it about.
The training of a professional designer must include a thorough understanding of the vehicle technical aspects. To create truly innovative products it's demanded an in depth knowledge of all the components that go from making a vehicle to how it interacts with the users, the road and the environment.
This teaching describes the different phases of a design project: from the concept to the realisation of the object. It enables students to identify the most suitable tools to create their work and to manage the aspects that influence it. Design Thinking and Design Methods are the key contents of this discipline in relation to the Interior and Exterior Design
The student learns how to use specific drawing and photo-retouching techniques, using Digital Illustration and Adobe Photoshop.
The teaching deals with handling images on 2D and 3D using Alias Automotive, from the reproduction of 3D environments to the design of objects and manufactures.
First Year Final Project
The course is aimed at designing the exterior and interior of a vehicle, by applying the principles learnt in the previous design method courses.
IED forms a truly unique network of encounters, experiences, people and cultures. The students develop a deep sense of belonging and their drive to innovate and share resources, ideas and contacts forges a tight-knit community.
IED is also part of CUMULUS (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), ELIA (The European League of the Institute of Arts) as well as a member of ERASMUS+ (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 award and Erasmus Policy Statement). It also maintains links with various international Universities and Academic Associations, including: ADI (Association for Industrial Design), NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and EAIE (European Association for International Education): a large group of institutions based in different parts of the world that completes and expands upon the possibility of academic exchange open to IED students.
This wide-ranging group of international organizations grants IED students even more extensive possibilities for academic exchange. Numerous bilateral agreements with prestigious foreign universities provide the chance for our students to take part in the Exchange Study Program and in the Erasmus + Program and spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities or another IED location.
The enormous heritage of international creative ideas, words and deeds is a worldwide acknowledged IED value, demonstrating that respect for cultural diverity and multidisciplinarity and the resulting ‘culture of jointness’ approach to education are an unquestionable key to success.