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Transportation Design, M.A.

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Pforzheim, Germany
The Master of Arts in Transportation Design from Hochschule Pforzheim is an international program aimed to graduates of industrial and transportation design who would like to further their education either immediately after their bachelor's degree or after having worked in the industry.
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The Master of Arts in Transportation Design from Hochschule Pforzheim is unique in Germany in its current concept and is run in close cooperation with the automotive industry. 

The Master of Arts program is structured around three semesters, two topic-related semesters and the Master thesis. 

This comprises of a vehicle design concept (interior and exterior) to be presented in drawings and as a data model as well as a theoretical dissertation on the subject. 

The Master thesis may be prepared in cooperation with an automotive company. Although not part of the formal program students may do an internship. The medium of instruction is English. It is recommended that the foreign students learn the basics of the German language, however this is not a requirement.


Studying in Pforzheim aims to provide the students with the highest employment opportunities and therefore focuses on interdisciplinary, strongly project-oriented learning experience. Beyond creating their own design work, the graduates of the MA program will be able to hold responsible positions in the automobile industry.

Possible fields of employment include design drafting for serial design or advanced design, supervising model making, working together in a mixed team (Development, Marketing, Design). Graduates of the Master of Arts program in Transportation Design will have the skills necessary to structure a project team, plan a design project and supervise its execution.

Programme Structure

Course Description

  • The professional studies module concentrates on fundamentals of automotive design in combination with theoretical and managerial aspects.
  • The automotive exterior module focuses on the development of vehicle exterior design, within the context of the semester project. Students are required to make concept proposals for a given theme in sketch and rendering form along with a scale tape drawing based on technical “package”. 
  • The automotive interior module is basically similar to the exterior module. However projects are of a higher complexity than the previous semester. Students are given tuition in all aspects of automobile interior design, necessary for the successful completion of a final 3D virtual model, including rendering and animation (Alias AutoStudio, Premiere etc.). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The respective Master Program Application form (download see below)
  • CV
  • Description of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • Legally certified copies of last completed Bachelor degree and, if available, additional completed degrees (including german or english translation, more information below) 
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of language proficiency 
  • Portfolio 
  • a signed letter of consent which allows the university to discard your application documents including the portfolio of artwork if they are not being picked up in the set timeframe after the application process

Tuition Fee

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    1500 EUR/year
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There is no tuition, but around 160 Euro of semester fees for enrolled students.

Living costs for Pforzheim

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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