Transport Design

Transport design focuses on creating models for vehicles. While transport design is often focused within the automotive industry, it can also encompass the creation of aircraft, spacecraft or marine vessels. Within the field, an emphasis is placed on creating vehicles that are innovative and solve problems currently seen within the transportation industry. Other concepts involved in transport design include style, comfort, branding, safety and function.

Working in transport design, you might focus on improving the aerodynamics of a vehicle, designing a safer vehicle or creating a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. You could study topics related to automotive design, surface molding, ergonomics, manufacturing and sustainable technology to aid you in the design process.


Transportation Design at a Glance

Transport/Automotive Designers perform the following tasks on a regular basis :

  • Designing vehicles that function perfectly and look good at the same time, an automotive product designer has to work to a budget and be aware of the impact on the environment of their vehicle designs.
  • An automotive product designer also designs motorbikes, construction vehicles, and electric and personal mobility vehicles.
  • In addition to the final design, these professionals will often create rough sketches and communicate frequently with clients and colleagues to ensure that the end design realizes the vision that the client has of the product.
  • An automotive product designer also needs to demonstrate creative thinking, clear design visualisation, a sound knowledge of engineering and the materials involved in the manufacture of vehicles.

These professionals must have a general knowledge of the 3D Model design softwares and computer-aided design programs used to create design along with certain levels of creativity to create new designs. An automotive product designer requires a range of skills like :

  • strong visual and creative abilities
  • good communication skill
  • excellent technical skills
  • innovative approach to problem-solving

Transportation Design at a Glance

Sr No. College/Institute Location Courses
1. NID Ahmedabad 2.5 year PGDP in Transport & Automobile Design
2. IDC, IIT Bombay Mumbai
2year M.Des in Mobility & Vehicle Design
3. MIT ID Pune
5. DYP DC Pune 3 year GDP & 2 year PGDP in Automobile Styling
6. SGT University Gurgaon 4 year B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Design)
7. The Design Village Noida 4 year B.Des in Transportation Design
8. UID Ahmedabad 4 year B.Des in Automobile & Transport Design
9. Amity University Noida 2 year MBA in Transport & Logistics
10. University of Petroleum and Energy studiess Delhi BA in Fashion Design

Following are the highlights of the program structure :

  • This programme aims to develop highly creative individuals to resolve the prevailing/future challenges around ‘mobility’, by imparting relevant skills and knowledge
  • The program gives a strong emphasis on environmental, socio-economic, and cultural aspects of transportation
  • It helps in understanding automobiles (aesthetics, human factors/vehicle packaging, display & controls, etc.) at product, system and service levels, through specific design projects
  • The highlight of the program is to collaborate with the industry for live projects/workshops as a part of the curriculum, to give a ‘head-start’ for the students to work as professional designers and to improve networking with the industry from an early stage

Transportation Design at a Glance

The following new trends can be observed in the discipline :

  • The field of Transport Design is developing new specialisations and is focusing a lot on the user experience of the product
  • Automatic voice activated cars, solar cars, and driverless cars is the recent buzz
  • The market is demanding a combination of features from compact cars and SUVs

An Automotive Designer earns an average salary of Rs 6 to 7 lacs p.a. in India