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How to do to Become a Car Designer
lots of times I receive questions like "How did you do to become a car designer? Who told you about the right school? What type of difficulties did you encounter?..."
For this reason I decided to write about my experience, when I was young I did not have much information about it, and it was difficult to find the right way to go to the right school.
Today with internet and all new schools on the planet you have a better chance to make the right choices. You can search and find many useful information, on Facebook there are many groups and pages dedicated to Car Design, and some colleagues of mine write about it just like I try to do. It is easier.
I will tell you about my experience just as a real example, I will also give you few suggestions hoping to make a clearer idea about this fascinating design discipline and its amazing emotions and frustrating times.
When my Life Changed.
I was 19 when I confessed to my father that I wanted to become a car designer. One week earlier I found on a car magazine a great reportage about Art Center College of Design, the Californian design school one of the best institutions where to study Design.
At the beginning my father did not want to listen to me asking me to continue my economics studies at university. However; after few weeks, several talks, and my mother's convincing activity my life started to change!
My father told me that I could go study a year the English language in San Francisco, follow a design college to prepare my admission portfolio and try to be accepted at the Art Center College in Pasadena. He also added that If nothing would have been accomplished I would have returned to Italy to get back to my studies, so In September (four months later) I left Italy and I took a plane for my first time full of hopes.
I spent a total of 6 years in USA, when I arrived to ACCD for my entry portfolio admission interview, the committee told me that my works were fine, but I did not have the right school requirements (coming from a foreign country), so the only solution was to do again a part of college exams in USA. 2 extra years!
I did earn my requirements and I was accepted as a full time student at Art Center in Pasadena, I was really happy, I studied hard and being a foreigner it was a little more complicated for me. I worked hard unless I was out, I did many sleepless nights to finish my projects, I went through real frustration and I also lived amazing moments during my final presentations. I made my portfolio and 2 months later I started working.
My Design School
Today I am a Designer
Today I am a Design manager in automotive industry with already 29 years experience and satisfied with the fact that all the hard work served to accomplish the goal. I worked for about 10 years with some European design schools,too.
I wanted to give back what I have learned in US, I had the chance to meet a lot of beautiful young people with hopes and talent.
The message here is tha you have to fight for it, to be a car designer is not an easy thing. You need talent, strong will to overcome all sort of problems and negative times, you never give up, you must be disciplined. You need a good design school to improve your skills and talent, the cost is an investement on yourself for your future.
The Right Steps to Make
When I am invited for a lecture I often tell about the right steps to make to plan your design student career.
The design field is very competitive, we cannot find a school just around the corner, and job openings are rare every year. You understand that if you do not make a plan of your university program you risk to fail even before starting.
Let's make the right steps!
Step 1 prepare yourself. What I mean by that is: do you draw? Do you paint? Do you feel you have an artistic talent? Do you love design or just sports cars?
It is important to prepare an entry portfolio for admission to be accepted by a school, you need to prove that you do have the basic requirements to get in. Talent, skills, motivation.
Step 2 select the right school. Today we have more schools thatn 30 years ago, some are really good (few) and some are just right, some others are really bad (few). Before you decide where to go for a visit make sure you took all necessary infos to select at least 3 good ones and try your chance.
Remember that in this case reputation is the key word because it is in relation with automotive companies and higher rate of employement after diploma.
I wrote several articles about this topic you can easily find.
Step 3 discipline & sacrifice
The competition among students is very high, every year there are about 1000 students getting their diploma and ready to attack the few job interviews available.
This is the reason I am writing about discipline & sacrifice, because you have to sweat working hard during all school time. Your objective is to improve your skills to exercise your creativity in a professional way. The harder you work the better you get.
The final mission is to produce, at the end of your studies, a very good portfolio to seduce those that will watch it (design studios), you can do it following these steps with a strong sense of responsability.
Remember, you are doing it for your future so don't waste the opportunity.
Some of my Online Tutorial for Design Students
Since I started to work I felt the need to help other young people to know how to find the right way to become designers, and one of my preferred activities is to work online.
I make video tutorials and lectures to explain the main important things to learn in order to prepare an entry portfolio for school admission.
This video is an example.