Master in

Transportation & Car Design


Course length

15 months


October 2023





The work of the car designer blends creative design and automotive styling skills with elements of engineering, ergonomics and marketing.

At SPD designers are able to face complex projects using a multidisciplinary approach. They are called on to envision progressive transportation concepts that fit a future scenario where cars are no more the unrivaled player.

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The Master’s in Transportation and Car Design is based on a balanced mix of conceptual and creative skills, along with an established understanding of engineering, ergonomics and marketing principles. Designers are challenged to envision innovative transportation concepts.

The Master’s program covers the entire design development process, exploring new experiential concepts, and redefining architectural solutions in order to advance using new criteria of functionality, comfort and emotion.

Throughout the duration of the Master’s program in Transportation and Car Design, in parallel with the technical training sessions, SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design organizes study projects with leading automotive companies. Thanks to the well-established partnership with Volkswagen Group Design, professional designers from the Group’s brands (Audi, Lamborghini, etc.) are directly involved in the teaching activities.

Student in classroom

Car Project

Ducati Project


Car Project

Car Model

Car Project

Student in classroom

Car Modelling

Our students participate in a course whose goal is to prepare them in the most comprehensive way, providing them with a testing ground to express skills from concept to execution.

The faculty supervises students individually; designers, professional figures from different fields and visiting professors are at your disposal throughout the academic year.

Teaching sessions vary between intensive workshops, studio classes, lectures, seminars and external visits. We also involve you in research initiatives conducted together with brands such as Lamborghini Automobili, Ducati, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Italdesign.

The Master’s course in Transportation and Car Design is organized in collaboration with major industry leaders and other universities. Certificates and academic credits are awarded according to the ECTS system.

After successfully completing the Master’s programme, students will receive the First Level University Master’s Diploma and the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits.

Graduates in Transportation or Car Design, Industrial Design, Vehicle Engineering or their equivalents, plus students from Applied Arts Academies can be selected for the Master, as well as candidates who have previously gained significant professional experience in the field.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • curriculum vitae
  • motivation letter
  • portfolio
  • online interview

The number of places is limited.

The Master in Transportation and Car Design runs for 15 months from October to December of the following year with a break throughout August.

Attendance is full time and corresponds to 1500 hours of lessons, class exercises, final thesis and individual study.

At the end of the 15-month course you will tackle a complex assignment using a multidisciplinary approach. Developed with one of our partners in the automotive sector, the final thesis is the project which brings the Master to a close. It represents an authentic testing ground, enabling us to assess the professional skills you have acquired.