Bachelor in Transportation Design


Program Description

Car designers study in Torino: IAAD di Transportation design department

IAAD department of “Car Body Architecture” first in Italy opened in Turin in 1978.

Since 2008 the Department of “Transportation design“ is entitled in memory of Andrea Pininfarina. Since 2016, Giorgetto Giugiaro is its President and Maestro.

The specialization in Transportation design deals with the study of the main means of transport with a focus on mobility systems and environmental sustainability.

Designing a vehicle does not just mean giving birth to a show car. The aim of the course is to train aware designers, transmitting them the importance of knowing the referring market and the society that embodies it: designing today must take into account technological, social, marketing needs, budget constraints and environmental sustainability.

Designing is about allowing people to continue moving from one place to another efficiently, even having fun, but limiting as much as possible the environmental and economic impacts.

Transportation design syllabus provides a foundation disciplines such as history and criticism of design, to move gradually to more specific subjects such as the theory of perception, Gestalt psychology, basic design, science and technology of materials, techniques of representation, the design of the product system, car design, motorcycle and scooter design… And then, of course, free-hand drawing software and aid in the design, such as Photoshop, Alias, and Rhino.

Torino and car design

Turin is the undisputed world capital of automotive design and one of the centres of excellence in the international automotive industry: the great Italian production of Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, the design of Giugiaro and Pininfarina, Bertone, the automotive innovation of Centro Ricerche Fiat, the robotic technologies of DEA, Comau and Rambaudi, the innovation of Oxygen (electric alternative mobility), not to mention an enormous satellite activities that serves not only Fiat, but almost all of the major car manufacturers in Europe and the world. To confirm this today also Chinese design companies choose Turin as European seat.

Thanks to this important supply chain, IAAD Transportation design department is flanked by a pool of important partner companies both public and private, which contribute to the activation of research projects, special lectures, workshops and seminars, company visits, educational activities, and internships.

IAAD has also many partnerships with international companies like Renault, Yamaha, Ducati, Volkswagen, Piaggio, Honda, Mercedes… offering its students several opportunities to work alongside leading international experts.


The opening of the academic year is expected in the first week of October, with the usual ceremony.

The ordinary lessons begin 1 week after, according to the time schedule, and take place from Monday to Friday, while activities on Saturday can occasionally be inserted. Any extraordinary lectures and seminars are provided with due notice.

Lessons ordinarily follow the schedule published on the Notice Board before the beginning of each semester.

It’s a good idea to check the daily schedule posted on the Notice Board to check for any changes and classrooms in which lessons take place.

Inauguration A.Y. 2017-2018

– 2nd and 3rd years: October 2017

– 1st years: October 2017

I Semester

– 2nd and 3rd years: October 2017 / January 2018

– 1st years: October 2017 / January 2018

Design Workshop – only 2nd and 3rd years

– February 2018

II Semester

– February 2018 / May 2018

Exams and thesis:

– I ordinary session: February 2018

– II ordinary session: June 2018 (1st and 2nd years)

– II ordinary session: June 2018 (3rd years)

– I extraordinary session: June 2018

– II extraordinary session: September 2018

– Thesis Ordinary Session: June 2018 / July 2018

Weeks off ordinary lessons:

– February 2018 (1st years)

– January 2018 / Febbraio 2018 (2nd and 3rd years)

– June 2018

During these weeks, students are required to ensure the availability to participate in any additional classes or catch lessons.

The schedule is subject to changes which will be duly communicated.


Students are admitted to the examination sessions (2 per academic year) only if they are up to date with payments, are not over the minimum attendance required and – if any – have successfully passed the midterm checks for each subject.

In case of failure of one or more examinations in the ordinary session, students will have access to the call of the extraordinary exam sessions (2 per academic year).

The procedures to access the exam sessions are contained in the Institute Regulation, given annually to students and available at the Didactic Office.

Exams and thesis:

– 1st ordinary session: February 2018

– 2nd ordinary session: June 2018 (1st and 2nd years)

– 2nd ordinary session: June 2018 (3rd years)

– 1st extraordinary session: June 2018

– 2nd extraordinary session: September 2018

– Thesis Ordinary Session: from June to July 2018


To achieve the qualification at the end of the third year of the course, IAAD students must submit two theses: a Specialization thesis and an Individual thesis, in addition to the Personal Portfolio.

The Specialization thesis different for each specialization, to be carried out in working groups, is the realization of a project specified by the Institute, consistent with the various issues of the syllabus.

The Specialization thesis is held under the supervision of the Department Co-ordinator and the 3rd year professors, with the support of external interventions – partner companies and their referents.

The Individual Thesis consists of an individual project that the student will perform in total autonomy, identifying a theme, a partner with its referent (External Mentor) and a supervisor in the faculty IAAD (Academic Mentor).

The ordinary session of the thesis is planned for each year in July.

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

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According to IAAD, design is culture of the project, is a system capable of linking production with end users dealing with research and innovation to provide social value, cultural significance to goods and services: meaning, form and function are the cornerstones of a conscious design. IAAD invests in the quality of teaching and in the human and professional value of professors. The EABHES accreditation, the partnership with the French Écoles de Condé, the new premises in the future Lavazza headquarters, collaboration with institutions, organizations, associations and companies for the development of cultural projects, research, educational and work experience, the evolution of the inner structure and the creation of an international scientific committee are the surest signs of a IAAD of the present and of the near future. Read less