Transportation Design

Undergraduate Courses - Turin

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The Transportation Designer is a professional concerned with designing the primary means of transport and capable of designing a number of different kinds of vehicle, such as motorbikes, yachts and mobility systems.
The Transportation Designer is able to reconcile aspects of style, technique, aerodynamics, production feasibility and ergonomics. This kind of designer must have a profound understanding of the product and the functions that the consumer is looking for, so as to be able to have a clear idea about the relationship between design and marketing, innovation and commercial requirements along with the social trend and the economic background in which he is operating.

Career opportunities - Transportation Designer, Car Designer, Bike Designer, Yacht Designer, Mobility System Designer.

Title - The First Level Academic Diploma is recognized by MIUR (Ministry for Education, University and Research) and equated with the Bachelor’s Degree issued by Universities.

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  • Start date
    October 2020
  • Duration
    3 years
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Context - Anticipator of market trends, processes innovator as per cultural aptitude, the contemporary designer is more and more involved in the strategic decisions of a company and of urban scenarios: he represents a key factor speaking of enrichment and progress of a brand values. The course focuses on design experimentations in different fields and always in cooperation with big automotive companies.

Methodology and structure - Methodology deals with a daily comparison between theoretical skills techniques and real applications in various projects. Students are spurred to acquire operative autonomy, make coherent and sustained choices, establish relationships with real customers and take on specific responsibilities. This semi-professional experience represents a winning card for graduates when they enter the working world. Students gain operational autonomy, managing independently a designing path, in particular the step dedicated to concept development meant as creative and formal synthesis of the project idea. Students have also the chance to deepen technical and instrumental tools connected to bike design and yacht design through a partially custom-made study plan. Students can develop a Final Project in bike design or yacht design, alternatively to car design.

The educational offer is enriched by a series of meetings dedicated to the preparation of a personal portfolio.


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.

Michele Albera - Course Coordinator

Michele Albera - Course Coordinator
Coordinator of the Three-year course in Transportation Design and founder of MAP design studio. He worked for numerous brands in the field of industrial design and transport (Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Changan, Audi, VolksWagen).

Fulvio Fantolino

Fulvio Fantolino
Degree in Architecture at the Polytechnic in Turin, after several experiences in important architecture, engineering and design studios, he founded in 1998 his own design and architecture studio in Turin. He’s been teaching at IED since 1996. He collaborated with many important car companies: for example Fiat, Lancia, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Ferrari.

Alessandro Cipolli

Alessandro Cipolli
Founder and Head of Design at Supermonkey, he is currently working with several clients worldwide. He moved to Turin from Lausanne to study Transportation Design at IED. After 10 years of experience in the car industry working for Hyunday, Pininfarina, Quartostile, Torino Crea and FCA, where he took part to projects like Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, 500L, 500X and Alfa Romeo Giulia, he decided to start a new professional path as a freelance. IED teacher since 2008, he became the Coordinator of the Master ncourse in Transportation Design in 2015. His skills are 2D sketching, 3D Modelling and, above all, creative thinking.

Davide Tealdi

Davide Tealdi
Designer, Co-founder of Supermonkey, passionate about strategic design applied to transportation and product. He has 12 years of experience as a teacher of design product management, visual communication and design awareness. in  the University of Applied sciences FHS (Austria).

Rodriguez Plata Guillermo Andres

Rodriguez Plata Guillermo Andres
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering in Bogotà, he achieved a Master in Transportation & Automotive Design at the Polytechnic in Milan. He’s involved in product design development project for companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Digare Design, Cabko SA, Terpel SA and airline companies Avianca. In the automotive design sector he collaborated with Volkswagen Group, also working in modeling for Porsche, Kia, Honda and Suzuki.