People in Transit

The minor People in Transit is the evolution of the minor Automotive Design. The encompassing mobility domain is more complex and challenging than it ever has been, both from an internal as from an external perspective. It is because of the latter that we can no longer regard automotive design, or that of any other transport modality, solely in its own right.

How to design mobility means that are meaningful within society that address both individual and collective concerns? This fundamental question dictates a holistic design approach, because of which a context driven design process is the underlayer of this minor.

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. 

For whom

This minor is developed for university students of the designing faculties, i.e. aerospace, mechanical engineering, architecture and industrial design engineering. In order to participate, students must have acquired at least 80 EC in their bachelor. Students must have design experience as may be expected after two years in their respected bachelor programmes. They must also have an interest in mobility societal issues, be academically curious, willing to work in multidisciplinary teams and expect to be pushed out of their comfort zones.


Minors of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are open only for students from academic programmes. 

The programme

Students execute three project courses, which are 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, Vision in Design. Together they are one full walk-through of this context driven design process. Necessary knowledge is acquired through lectures and research. Necessary skills are being developed in parallel. 

Registration and application

This is a selection minor. We aim for a balance between students of the various designing faculties. The procedure is the same for all applicants. In addition to your registration (Osiris or International Office), please send a brief motivation to including a description and a representative image of an (of the shelf) project that you are proud of. This should represent your thinking, design or engineering skills. It does not have to be a mobility related project.