IAAD department of “Car Body Architecture” first in Italy opened in Turin in 1978. Since 2008 it is entitled in memory of Andrea Pininfarina. Since 2016, Giorgetto Giugiaro is the President and Maestro of this department.

The specialization in Transportation design deals with the study of the main means of transport with a focus on mobility systems and environmental sustainability. 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 have always had the goal of providing an innovative approach to training: the best way to become a professional in transportation is being apprenticed to learn from experts in the field. With this insight, IAAD is the first Italian university of higher education specializing in transportation design.

The design work is done in collaboration with IAAD partner companies which allow students to put into practice what they study in an environment very close to what they will encounter in the professional field. IAAD Master courses, thanks to this educational philosophy, are a perfect incubator for tomorrow’s talent, responding directly to the needs and market trends. To train young professionals within the educational programme, IAAD recreates what happens in the professional world. One of the hallmarks of the method IAAD is the constant collaboration with leading companies in the sector for the realization of joint projects. Converging in the projects both the needs of the partner companies and educational goals, creates a situation doubly favorable aspiring designers have the opportunity to work with industry leaders and these ones can monitor future talents to be included in their companies. This system also allows simulating working conditions in a professional context: working with precise deadlines, correcting the work in progress by following the feedback of the customer, working in teams and goals.

In this process, the teachers are key figures representing the connection between IAAD and industry. All the teachers are professionals in their respective fields of teaching, know the companies in the industry and know what it takes for young designers to be competitive on the market. Students find in Professors a valuable reference to improve and understand what aspects of their professional skills are to be refined to enter as protagonists in the world of work.

During the course great importance is given to presentations and design contest, students are encouraged to make presentations of their work, supported in participating in national and international contests. Projects must not only meet one designer favor but must be able to be appreciated and understood by the jury of experts and the public.



Pietro Nume

Born in Taranto in 1988, after completion of his Lyceum studies, Pietro Nume moved to Turin where, in 2010, he graduated in Industrial Design at IAAD. Soon after he began to collaborate as a designer and consultant with important Italian and international companies. In 2011 he joined Chris Bangle Associates’s team as Senior Designer and Art Director, deepening his knowledge in the field of strategic design. In parallel, he continued his work as a designer and freelance illustrator, collaborating with clients such as OfficineMultiplo, Pininfarina Extra, and Protocube Reply. In 2017 he co-founded the Etra Project, a laboratory for experimentation with innovative creative processes through design.


// seat: Turin
// duration: 6 months
// starting: November 2019
// language: English
// value: 60 ECTS credits

Preliminary Module is aimed at the transmission of analytical skills, technical and design specifications of the Transportation Design and is common to both the Master programs.

In order to obtain 60 ECTS credits the student is required to develop a project to present during the final stage of the course and to pass a TOEIC language test. The student will also be able to personalize his or her study plan by participating in sector contests, seminars or additional project works in order to obtain the free credits necessary to pass Preliminary.


// seat: Turin
// duration: 10 months
// starting: May 2019
// language: English
// value: 60 ECTS credits

The main objective of our master programme is to create appealing professionals for car-makers and design studios, professionals able to make breakthroughs in the transportation industry and set the stage for the future of motor-transportation.

IAAD Master module is truly about design, but not only. We want to prepare students for being active players in the professional contexts they will face once graduated, they must develop a critical sensibility towards the broader issue of the business implications of their ideas and how they relate to a brand image, to the long term goals of a company and to how to target customers. Besides this business awareness of their work, IAAD students must acquire the capability to present themselves and showcase their works in order to demonstrate their skills. The Master Module in Transportation Design is designed to train high level designers who, once finished the studies, can start their own career.

Each edition of the Master involves the development of a thesis project in collaboration with a company. The design process is developed through a first briefing with the company and subsequent meetings of interim presentation and comparison with the designers coming from the partner company, until students get to the final discussion of the thesis. Starting from the brief assigned, the team will develop a 3D model from technical-stylistic input, adopting the same procedures applied in the design center, creating a CAS model with high technical contents.

During the academic year, IAAD organizes educational visits at companies, design centers, museums and exhibitions, special workshops, meetings with designers of particular importance (any costs for travel and entrance fees will be paid by the student). Among the companies clients of the previous editions of the Master of the Department of Transportation Design: Centro Ricerche Fiat, Centro Stile Lancia, Italdesign Giugiaro – Volkswagen Group, Porsche.



// Preliminary Module
Graduates in Industrial Design, Automotive Engineering and related subjects, holders of a postgraduate diploma in Industrial and Transportation Design and candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field of transportation can access the Preliminary Module. Admission is subject to the assessment of the application, to be submitted by letter of application, curriculum vitae and portfolio. IAAD reserves the right to request the candidates, if necessary, an interview in person or via Skype.

// Master Module
Access to the Master Module from Preliminary is subject to the attainment of 60 ECTS credits of Preliminary Module. For the attainment of 60 ECTS credits, students will be required to develop a project-work to be presented in the final stage of the Preliminary Module and the overcoming of TOEIC test. Students can customize their curricula with participation in contests, seminars or workshops to collect additional credits necessary for overcoming the Preliminary Module. Graduates in Transportation Design or who have gained significant experience in the Transportation Design or modelling can access the Master Module. Admission to the course is in both cases possible only with the approval of the Coordinator of the course based on the assessment of academic qualifications, professional resume and portfolio.

Applications have to contain these documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Portfolio

The Master Coordinator, assisted by an academic board will evaluate the candidacies received.

IAAD reserves the right to ask the candidate when deemed necessary, an additional interview at the head office or via Skype. The result of the application will be communicated by the Career Guidance Office to each candidate.

IAAD offers 5 scholarships to be assigned to candidates according to curriculum and portfolio evaluation.

The available scholarships are:

  • 1 worth 100% of the tuition fee
  • 2 worth 50% of the tuition fee
  • 2 worth 20% of the tuition fee

Enrollment fee and eventual EABHES tax stay at the student’s expense.

Scholarships will be assigned to the top 5 students in the Preliminary application ranking, and will be confirmed for the Master module prior the passing of all Preliminary exams with a minimum 27/30 average. Scholarships will be awarded with merit criteria from a board selected from the Direction and from the Master Program Coordinator.

Will be specifically evaluated:

  • Personal portfolio
  • Degree type and work experience
  • Cover letter

Candidates who pass pre-selection will be invited for an interview at the head office or via Skype. In case of tied candidates, IAAD can decide to divide the assigned scholarship. Applications can be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or by traditional mail to Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design, Via Pisa 5, 10152 Torino – Italy.


For further information on master contents, professor board and scholarships please contact Career Guidance Office:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +39 011 54 88 68


Application rounds for Autumn 2019 (NOVEMBER) entry


First Admission Round 

  • Online application period opens: January 1, 2019          
  • Admission application deadline at midnight CET: May 31, 2019                 
  • Notification of Selection Results: June 15, 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: July 5, 2019 
  • Deadline for receipt of application fee: July 5, 2019 


Second Admission Round**

  • Online application period opens: July 15, 2019          
  • Admission application deadline at midnight CET: September 1,  2019                 
  • Notification of Selection Results: September 15, 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: October 1, 2019 
  • Deadline for receipt of application fee: October 1, 2019 



Application round for Spring 2019 (MARCH) entry


First Admission Round 

  • Online application period opens: August 1, 2019          
  • Admission application deadline at midnight CET: October 31, 2019                 
  • Notification of Selection Results: November 15, 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: December 1, 2019 
  • Deadline for receipt of application fee: December 1, 2019 


Second Admission Round**

  • Online application period opens: November 1, 2019          
  • Admission application deadline at midnight CET: January 10,  2020              
  • Notification of Selection Results: January 20, 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents: February 7, 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of application fee: February 7, 2020 



**Please note that the second application round must be considered as an extra application round.
International students are highly encouraged to apply during the first admission round – which is the main one and it is open many months before the beginning of the Master course in order to give students to manage all the Enrollment process in time.
Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their Student Visa before the Master course starts.
EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the First round. 
The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need to get the Student Visa.