Start date

October 2024


Full time


On campus


2 Years



If we truly want to create a meaningful future for mobility, we need to transcend the traditional
borders between disciplines to create a transdisciplinary and exciting approach of mobility.

The role of mobility in our lives can hardly be overestimated, and it is crystal clear that its importance and challenges are only rising. A growing amount of vehicles and changing behaviours put immense stress on our infrastructures, mobility planners rethink how to move in our cities, parcel delivery thrives as never before, new mobility services are mushrooming the app stores, and lawmakers struggle to embed the accelerating technologic opportunities into slow moving policies. During the two years of the Master of Arts you will become part of IED’s transdisciplinary mobility studio, approaching the topic from every possible angle.

The first year is all about hands-on exploring: we kick off by setting the mobility field and delve into a broad range of interesting tools and methods to study and work within it. The classes are a vibrant mix of theory and practice in which we learn from experts in the field and put everything to the test by doing and experimenting. Then the programme offers a diverse range of students access to aunique approach to the development of design as a holistic and strategic tool for the identification and interrogation of complex problems in the domain of mobility. Students will have the chance to work on live challenges using cities as crucibles for finding and defining complex problems which cannot be addressed, resolved or solved through one discipline alone.
Driving beyond the automobile, this course will inspire students from around the world to work together on key challenges made real through the ‘city-crucible’ approach, that grounds design exploration in live problems found in cities today. This programme will initiate a unique and high-level network of expertise ranging across a wide field of disciplines, from interaction design to service design; and from autonomous systems design through big data visualization to product and environmental design. Fields outside design will be proactively encouraged, for example, from sociology, change management and organisational strategy. The city of Turin, which lies at the heart of the automotive industries, is a natural platform for connecting and combining new forms of expertise and knowledge to discover, define, develop and deliver new outcomes in the field of future mobility during a time of transition.

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Year one is structure around three phases: Foundations, Framinf the Context and design Research. Students will be encouraged to scope and assess city and urban sustainability agendas, referencing the SDGs, as sources of future challenges and to scan start-up cast light into the leading edge.

Year two is structured ariund four phases: Ideation, Development, Test, Executive Summary and Final Exam. This year will be galvanised by ongoing engagement with the Cricuble City offering a platform of challenges that are multilayered, resistant to solving and demanding of a transdisciplinary approach.

This Master of Arts is ideal for anyone who has a genuine interest in the multifaceted nature of mobility with a willingness to alter the path of where it’s going. It will prepare to work in the forefront of the thrilling future of mobility. Just like the transdisciplinary field of ecology brought forth much sought-after ecologists, people steeped in the transdisciplinary field of mobility will become increasingly valuable.

Skills and knowledge acquired during the two-year programme will allow the definition of innovative entrepreneurial projects, to access strategic development positions both in private companies dedicated to Research and Development and in Public Administration consultancy, as well as in managing positions within local, regional and national authorities, dealing with mobility, sustainable development and infrastructures. For those wishing to pursue further studies, the programme grants access to the third level of higher education and Phd. 


First Year

- Design methods
- Culture of Design Innovation
- Ecodesign
- Design System
- Interactive System
- Society and cultural processes
- Cross cultural marketing

Second Year

- Theory and methods of mass media
- Design
- Design methods for visual communication
- Design management
- Integrated new media
- Anthropology of complex societies
- New materials and technologies
- Digital applications and technologies
- Design



Lowie Vermeersch

Founder & Creative Director - Granstudio

Course Coordinator

Wouter Haspeslagh

Chief Mobility & Urbanism Research - Granstudio

Course Coordinator

Riccardo Balbo

Academic Director IED Global

Michael Kaethler

Partner - OSMOS Network Affiliate researcher

Michael Thomson

Founder & Director - Design Connect

Paolo Verri

Urban practitioner

Federico Borreani

Project Manager - BAM! Strategie Culturali

Damiano Gui

Head of Experience Design presso Havas CX

Andrea Sasso

Fractional CFO at augheo