Transportation Design

Undergraduate Courses - Barcelona

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The Undergraduate Degree in Transportation Design is equivalent to a University Degree (240 ECTS). This degree prepares professionals who are capable of designing not only vehicles, but also transportation systems and accessories related to the sector. Interior and exterior designers for transportation vehicles able to face commercial, psychological and social factors related to mobility.

The program includes the latest techniques and technologies linked to the conception and styling of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, etc.). It also contemplates the totality of solutions and anticipates the needs that may arise in transport field.

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  • Start date
    September 2022
  • Duration
    4 years
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The program offers a formative path that teaches students to comprehend and anticipate the market exigences, interceding with business intentions and translating them in a defined project than can be manufactured. It boosts the relevance of concept, in order to foresee the trends and styles of consumption, thanks to the comprehension of market exigences and social needs.

Also, the course brings knowledge on production materials and technology in order to bring projects to life. Beyond the theoretical comprehension of the project, students focus on analysing technologies, function, ergonomics and usability.


The first year of this degree is focused on acquiring basic concepts of design, culture and project methods. Students learn to dare to create and communicate.

The second year is concentrated on developing one’s own creativity individually, and starting to study specialization-related tools such as: packaging, clay, Key sketch, Chartpaks felt tip pen, Alias and graphic communication.

The third year means the beginning of collaborations with companies and new, more technical and complex projects, with prototypes and real costs. Students begin to study production systems and models. Work is developed in transversal teams composed by students of Product, Interior and Transportation design. In addition, new materials will be studied, such as sustainable or technological materials, etc.

During the fourth year students study A-class surfaces, animation and video. They take a compulsory internship in a company and each one chooses a professional profile. Creative management acquires a great relevance through project management and rethinking, modifying and refining projects to respond properly to users’ and market’s needs. Lastly, the degree final project is developed in collaboration with real companies, where prototypes are produced. In successful cases, those prototypes will evolve and manufacture to be launched into the market.

Job Opportunities 
Car interior and exterior designers, motorcycles, ships, aeronautical sector, public transportation, color&trim, etc.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Jesús Iglesias

Jesús Iglesias
Through the years of a long career as a Creative Designer he has collaborated with automotive companies (SEAT, Volkswagen, AUDI, Lamborghini, Nissan and Suzuki) designing vehicles and future strategies, defining new market segments and master lines for future models . He has designed both production vehicles, as well as showcars and prototypes such as the SEAT E-Scooter presented at the Smart City Barcelona 2019.

Rafael Gordo

Rafael Gordo
Senior designer specializing in the architecture of transport interiors and Design Thinking at SEAT. He has previously worked for Airbus Spain, where he specialized in the customization of the fleet's interiors, as well as for the EDAG group, as a designer for transport projects (both interior and exterior) and in industrial design. In addition to his work as a designer and teacher, he authors informative articles for the magazine ICON DESIGN (El País).