Future Mobility Design


Human mobility has evolved into a complex and multi domain challenge, which cannot be addressed in the narrow scope of a single industry. This minor is the evolution of a minor Automotive Design and anticipates the path on which the industry’s scope gradually enlarges from vehicle design to a holistic mobility design approach. How to design mobility means that are meaningful within society and address both individual wants and collective needs? How to design seamless mobility, while preserving the underlaying functional and emotional values of individual mobility? Fundamental questions that dictate a multidisciplinary, holistic design approach, through a context driven design process.

For whom?

University students from the 'designing and engineering' faculties from universities of Technology i.e., Industrial Design, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive or Mechanical Engineering and Architecture. Applications from Technology Management (TBM) are also being considered. Affinity with human mobility helps and curiosity is a must!

What will you learn?

The encompassing mobility domain is more complex and challenging than it ever has been, both from an internal as from an external perspective. This autonomous programme provides knowledge on automotive and mobility design and technology, and an understanding thereof in specific societal contexts. Because of the complexity of the human mobility domain and the high level of design execution in mobility-design, all knowledge, insights, and experience derived from this minor, are applicable and valuable in other complex systems and domains.

  • You will learn how to design new meaningful products in the field of mobility. Products can be new policies and services, new vehicles in the widest possible sense, and the mobility system that incorporates all these entities.
  • You will learn how to work with a context driven design process.
  • Develop skills to visualize ideas appropriately throughout the design process, and to visually express all knowledge derived from that design process, through various visualization techniques. You will understand their respective roles and values in multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Learning secondary skills like design project management and presenting your work in a professional manner, both verbally and visually.
  • You will understand the merits and the value of design research and participate in research projects.
  • Working in international and multidisciplinary project teams some projects, while other projects are individual.
  • You may not always find yourself in your comfort zone.

Course overview

Students execute three project courses, growing in depth, width and weight, from automotive styling and technology to the design of an integrated mobility system. Those three projects together are framed by, and structured through the context driven design process Vision in Design. Together they are one full walk-through of this context driven design process. Necessary knowledge is acquired through lectures, research and skills development.

Register for this minor

Minors of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are open only for students from academic programmes in the third year of their Bachelor studies.


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Elmer van Grondelle