ISSAM - Modena Automobile Science Institute - was founded in 1971 with the aim of creating a high-level parauniversity school for young car enthusiasts, based on specific subjects of mechanics and design focused on the automotive sector. All subjects and study programs are constantly updated in relation to the new needs, problems and technologies of the automotive world. Most of the teachers come from motor or motorcycle manufacturers of the "Motor Valley".

Registration for the courses is limited (30 students per academic year of Style and 15 students per academic year of Automotive) in order to obtain the right and appropriate education of the students and therefore be able to insert them correctly in the automotive industry.

The Institute provides two distinct training courses:

Related to the design of the mechanical part of the vehicle, engine and chassis. 

Related to the graphic and technical design of vehicle bodywork.