Design Schools: Plan your Design Education Career
I have decided to write about "how to plan a design school career" because I think it might help some of you to understand better how to access to an Industrial Design school to become hopefully a designer.
When I was 18 years old in South Italy there was not any information about the way to contact and follow a Design school. For me, at that time, it all became clear thanks to a magazine article about ACCD in Pasadena. Nice color pictures of students working on their clay models and lots of beautiful illustrations on the walls, to see and read the article for me it was like a miracle! The rest is history.
Today, thanks also to new communicative technologies (Internet…), it is a lot easier to “know” that the designer is a profession and that you can study in a Design school according to Design field you prefer.
In every country today we have design schools some big some smaller, some old and many new ones. So it is easier and faster to know how to do to access to Design education and if we have a doubt we will find always someone that can give us help (me for example via Facebook...)
However in some countries like India, Brazil, Africa…it is not the same thing and to access to Design education can be difficult or made in the wrong way. This is happening mainly for 2 reasons:
- Parent’s culture: my son has to be an Engineer or an Architect a real Bachelor…later on if he really wants he can get a Master in his Design passion.
- Some Universities culture: we open a Design department; however, we teach like they were engineers. What I mean wrong method and objectives.
About Art Center College of Design
Planning a design school career
Let’s go back to my personal anecdote, I had to re-plan my education career because with and thanks to my family the decision was taken to go to US and try to get into ACCD in Pasadena. In my case I had to:
- plan the English school for 9 months ELS English school done in Oakland California
- 4 months of CCAC Berkeley College to improve my rendering skills, evening classes
- 2 years at Pasadena City College because of my requirements to reach, so I got a GA diploma
- 1 semester Art Center at Night following 2 courses to anticipate some classes while completing Pasadena City College and also get a real feeling about ACCD experience.
- Admission as full time student at ACCD until I got my BS in Transportation Design.
This was my Design education plan! I did it thanks to the precious advices given to me by Rosa Maria Zaldivar (former head of Foreign students office at Art Center) and by Ron Hill (former Chair of Transportation Design at Art Center).
All these info I shared with my parents and every step has been decided with them as an investment on my capacities for my future.
I believe that if today I am a car designer I have to thank my parents and all institutions that gave me support and help with precious advices. On the other hand I want to tell you that I was always asking questions to know better, to understand, to plan better, also to explain better to my family which was far and not with me.
What I am trying to say is that you have to be curious about life in general but mostly for the subject in which you have a strong passion.
So ask! Do not be shy!
About IAAD Turin Italy
All parents dream to offer the best education to their children, it is an act of love and sometimes it forces parents to make sacrifices (economical and emotional).
Generally if we tell our dad or mom “hey I want to become a designer” they look at us as strange human beings and it turns out to find ourselves enrolled in technical universities like Polytechnic or Engineering.
Our parents feel like they did the right thing for us because those are really super respected Institutions where Education is of an high level, however what they do not know is that to become a designer or a car designer we need a real Transportation Design school and a serious one at once without wasting time because designers out of school start working at the age of 23/24!
In order to become a car designer we must go through a full 4 years design school because we must start from basics in order to learn properly how to exercise our creativity.
We cannot believe that we can be car designers with 5 years of Mechanical Engineering plus 1 year of a Master in Transportation Design. It does not work like that, it might for someone, but how many times?
Talk to your parents and plan together your Education Career
Yes it is my best advice for you today! Talk to your parents and make them understand that together you should plan your Education Career.
Ask your parents to visit car design schools with you, ask questions, see what that school produces, how many sponsors has, what type of internships offers to its students, how professional it is…..
Parents must be reassured on something they do not know well.
I told you this story (real story) because too many of you ask me how to do to become a car designer. The problem is that most of you ask me whe it already too late!
Now I start giving a new answer which is: plan your Design Education career and you will have strong chances to make it!
You have to understand that chosing Industrial Design or Car Design it is going to be a difficult mission to accomplish and it really is an investment on your future, so for this reason plan well your career do not waste your time.
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