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M.Des. (Transportation Design)

Program details

The M.Des. Transportation Design program offered by UPES prepares students to excel in designing innovative and sustainable transportation solutions for future mobility. By focusing on areas such as automotive design, public transportation design, mobility services, urban planning, and sustainability, students gain advanced skills in this field.

The program emphasizes both the creative and practical aspects of mobility design, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of transit technologies and current social trends. Through hands-on practice in sketching, drawing, illustrations, materials, and computer-aided design (CAD), students learn to apply their creativity to real-world projects and develop their skills. Additionally, students have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience through internships, further enhancing their practical knowledge.

One of the key strengths of this program is its multidisciplinary approach. Students learn to work in a collaborative environment, honing their design research, creativity, and practical skills in vehicle design. They also gain proficiency in 3D digital formats, including visualizations and modeling. This combination of skills equips students to become automotive design researchers and empowers them to leverage innovation to achieve business goals. By acquiring these competencies, students can distinguish themselves in the field and establish their expertise.

Program Highlights

  • Students have access to cutting-edge infrastructure, including Cintiq labs, Mac lab, CAD lab, clay modeling and FRP lab, wood workshop, 3D printer, and VR lab, providing them with the necessary tools to explore and develop their design skills.
  • The M.Des. Transportation Design program focuses on providing exposure to industry-relevant software used in design disciplines, enabling students to master graphics design and effectively utilize these tools in various industries.
  • Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and assignments, students gain fundamental knowledge and skills required for the professional world, preparing them to enter the industry with confidence and competence.
  • The program collaborates with prominent corporations in the mobility and transportation industry, offering students invaluable training opportunities and exposure to the latest design technologies employed by these companies.
  • Students undergo training programs with well-known companies such as Maruti Suzuki Ltd., Hero Motor Corp., TVS Motors, Volvo Eicher, Volvo Bus, Kia Motors, Bajaj Auto, Ola Motors, Cyient Technology, Tata Elxsi, and Royal Enfield, providing them with real-world experiences and insights.
  • The M.Des. Transportation & Mobility Design program incorporates a focus on pure EV technologies, with partnerships with Eicher Motors Chennai and Tata Elxsi Hyderabad, allowing students to gain expertise in this growing segment of the transportation industry.

The future scope of the M.Des. Transportation Design program is promising and filled with opportunities. The field of transportation has evolved beyond simple conveyance, with urban transportation now emphasizing comfort, technology, durability, and speed. As a result, the industry requires skilled design experts who can develop solutions that meet present and future needs while considering technical complexities and aesthetic appeal. Pursuing a degree in this field is essential, as it provides the necessary knowledge and expertise to succeed in the rapidly expanding transportation sector. Cloud-based systems and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) are two significant developments shaping the industry, offering scalability, digital resource utilization, and integrated travel experiences. Various trends are also contributing to this shift, such as infrastructure optimization, ticketless travel platforms, multimodal transportation hubs, and innovations in last-mile connectivity and micromobility.

Career Opportunities

The field of transportation and mobility design presents numerous career prospects as it continues to grow rapidly. Individuals passionate about designing and improving mobility options can explore various professions within this sector. The demand for skilled professionals in this industry is increasing steadily. Those interested in pursuing a M.Des. Transportation Design degree have a wide range of options to choose from.

The following potential professional paths are available for students who specialize in Transportation Design.

  • Design Strategist
  • Transportation Designer
  • Heavy Vehicle Manufacturer
  • Design Sculptor
  • Project Associates Transportation


The M.Des. Transportation Design program has attracted prominent recruiters such as Escorts Kubota Ltd., LTI Mindtree, NIIT Ltd., and VE commercial vehicles. Students have excellent placement prospects, with an average annual salary of Rs. 6.60 Lakhs and the highest salary reaching Rs. 10 Lakhs per annum.

Fee Structure

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Semester 1

Understanding Design and Design 
Elements and Principles of Design1224
Vehicle Sketching0324
History of Automobiles & 
Digital Sculpting 1 0122
Form Design 0122
Model Making0223
Design Project 1 Simple 
Mobility Design
TOTAL   24

Semester 2

Digital Representation Skills1224
Design Research 
Digital Sculpting II1123
Vehicle Styling1203
Open Elective 1 Advanced 
Digital Rendering
Open Elective 2: Vehicle 
Ergonomics & Vehicle 
Clay Modeling1203
Professional Elective 1: 
Design Project 2 
2 wheel Vehicle Design, 3 
Wheel Vehicle Design
( Electrical Vehicle/ Solar 
vehicle/Any other) 
TOTAL   28

Semester 3

Advanced Digital Sculpting1123
Vehicle Standards & Compliances1102
Design Management & Professional 
Summer Internship0202
Portfolio Design0122
Vehicle Interiors & CMFG1123
Open Elective 3: Automotive Materials
& Processes/ Automotive Technology
Open Elective 4: 3D Printing / FRP 
Professional Elective 2: Design Project 3: 
Futuristic Vehicle 
Design Project:
Personal Vehicle / Public Transportation
TOTAL   24

Semester 4

Post Graduation Project- Transportation
& Mobility Design
TOTAL   15


The minimum eligibility criteria for M.Des. Transportation Design to be fulfilled by interested students is as follows:

  • Minimum 50% in class X & XII.
  • Minimum 50% marks in bachelor’s degree in Design/Engineering/Architecture/ Interior Design: 10+2+4 years (minimum four-year bachelor’s course) OR 2 years M.Sc./MTech in Computer Science and Engineering. IT Subjects / Domains (Only for Interaction Design) or equivalent.

Selection Criteria

The process of selection criteria for students interested in pursuing M.Des. Transportation Design offered by UPES is based on the individual's performance in National Level / UPESDAT/CUET followed by Portfolio Presentation & Interview.

Note: Candidates having valid CEED-2023 scores will be exempted from UPES – DAT Exam. The cut-off rank for CEED up to 1886.

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