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Specializing Master / XV edition

Transportation & Automobile Design

15.500,00 €
15 Mar. 2023 - 31 May. 2024
  • English
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The Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design is a Master in Car Design of the Politecnico di Milano and it is a pathway to excellence for those who seek scientifically rigorous training to meet the professional challenges that automakers’ design departments are offering in this era of far-reaching change and radical innovation in the industry.

Reliance on facilities at the Design Department at the Politecnico di Milano, such as its prototype workshop and its virtual prototyping workshop, enrich the learning experience by assuring the availability of equipment up to the task of the Specializing Master.

The Specializing Master is designed to train a figure of designer who is able to develop own creativity, integrating it in an innovative way with the academic knowledge of the training scenarios, and at the same time to experience the entire development process of typical style of the world of the automotive industry.



Fausto Brevi Scientific Director
Flora Gaetani Communication Manager
Alice Pignatel Didactic Coordinator


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Training objectives

The goal of this Specializing Master is to train a professional designer to develop her or his own creativity, while innovatively integrating it with the academic knowledge specific to the syllabus. At the same time, the student is expected to experience the whole style-development process typical of the automobile industry. This Specializing Master is designed to enable graduates in industrial design, engineering or architecture who are interested in a career in automobile design to bring rigorous focus to their curriculum.

Didactic Plan

The Transportation & Automobile Design Specializing Master is made up of lessons, project seminars, workshops, and a final Master thesis. The course plan consists of 17 learning modules, selected so as to provide a mix that will assure the theoretical and practical knowledge essential to developing transportation-design projects with full awareness of the context.

Didactic Modules

  • Car Design Studio
  • Exterior Car Design
  • Interior Car Design
  • Transportation Design Workshops
  • Alias modelling for Car Design
  • Multimedia Tools for Car Design
  • Adobe Tools
  • Vehicles Architecture
  • Car Design Culture
  • Presentation Techniques for Car Design
  • Colour & Trim
  • Experience Interaction Design for Vehicles
  • Ergonomics
  • Portfolio Empowerment
  • Creative Group Empowerment
  • IP law in Automotive Design
  • Project Enhancement Studio or Internship

At the end of the training course, students will have the opportunity to carry out a Project Enhancement Studio, under the guidance of the course lecturers, which will enable them to further refine the skills required to enter the world of work. Alternatively, they will carry out an Internship at design studios and companies in the automotive sector.

Title Released

The Specializing Master grants 60 CFU, equivalent to 60 ECTS. Upon completion, students earn a Politecnico di Milano first-level Specializing Master.

Employment Opportunities

This Specializing Master produces an innovative professional with advanced skills related to the main tasks involved in creating an automobile’s style. Its goal is to give students the chance to enter the production stream for auto-industry design. This is not limited to traditional roles or companies but encompasses a network of enterprises that interact and collaborate with corporate design departments on co-design projects. Acquired skills include teamwork and conflict management.


Professional outcomes:

  • EXTERIOR DESIGNER – Designer involved in the exterior design process, for new products as well as face-lifts and derivatives. They also work on the exterior details, such as wheels and lights.
  • INTERIOR DESIGNER – Designer involved in the design of the interior of the vehicles. They may be involved in the design of the whole living experience, or focus on the many components of a car interior, such as the cockpit and the seats.
  • COLOR & TRIM DESIGNER – Designer involved in the voice of materials, colors and finishing. They may work together with suppliers to develop new materials, to research colors, new technologies and new trends.
  • VISUAL DESIGNER/MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER – Designer who creates visual contents. They create graphics, digital rendering and videos and they may be involved in virtual reality content creation.
  • SURFACE DESIGNER – Designer working together with the design team to create 3D digital models.
  • UX DESIGNER – Designer involved in the definition of the user experience on board of vehicles. They focus especially on the infotainment systems and the issues connected to human interface interaction.



The enrollment at the Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design requires a University Diploma, a Bachelor of Science degree, or a Master of Science degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering, or an equivalent qualification. Anyhow, the Master board has the right to consider the enrollment of candidates holding the above mentioned titles in other disciplines. For those who graduated not in Italy, equivalent study titles will be considered if recognized in the respective course of studies.


To take part to the selection process, the application form must be completed online within the following deadlines:

  • for Italian / foreign citizens with a qualification obtained in Italy within February 14th 2023.
  • for Extra U.E. citizens within January 14th 2023.


Total charges for the Specializing Master are € 15.500,00 (including Politecnico di Milano enrollment fee of € 500). Exempt from VAT under Article 10 of DPR 633/72.




Current edition


Fausto Brevi Scientific Director
Flora Gaetani Communication Manager
Alice Pignatel Didactic Coordinator



At the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao six projects of the Specializing Master TAD


On June 28, 2022 Graduation Day and opening of the exhibition dedicated to the projects of the 13th edition of the Specializing Master TAD


From July 12 to 16, 2021, TAD Week dedicated to 12th Specializing Master’s students

A live streaming graduation, the participation to the Car Design Dialogues Asia and an exhibition celebrating the projects created during the XII edition: these are the 3 main events of the TAD Week, a week dedicated to the students of the Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design

To find out more about the educational program, the faculty and the professional opportunities, you can watch the video presentation of the Specializing Master with the testimony of the special guest Mario Antonioli.

Former TAD student, he began his career at Q-id in Forlì, working on motorbike and product design, collaborating on projects for Mv Agusta, Ducati, Ferrari, Lml and Rcf. In 2014 he moved to Munich to continue working in the world of automotive design, here he started a professional collaboration with Walter de Silva, at that time chief designer of the Volkswagen group. This collaboration has led him to many projects with companies such as Stone Italiana, Barilla, CodiceIcona, Silkfaw, Alba Mobility and Walter De Silva Shoes. Since 2017 he has been working as a consultant for the design and product identity of Volocopter, a German company that is a pioneer in the field of urban air mobility.

To find out more about the Specializing Master and discover what opportunities and professional goals it guarantees, you can watch the video presentation of the Specializing Master with the testimony of the special guest Cesar Pieri: Creative Designer who over the last 2 decades has developed his professional experience working with different cultures, many different subjects, many different companies and people all over the world.