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Car Design Education: Universities Vs Design Art Colleges

Updated on January 11, 2017
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design, born in Italy he studied at Art Center College of Design in California.

Alfa Romeo project, IAAD Turin Italy
Alfa Romeo project, IAAD Turin Italy | Source

This week I received an email by an Italian young student passionate of Car Design asking for help. How do I become a car designer?

I explained that first of all, he had to show me few drawings just to understand his level of talent before telling him all process to follow to become a car designer. A few days later I received, by email, some sketches done by him and I found a certain talent! So, according to his motivation, I wrote him back telling him that he was eligible to try for an admission interview at design schools. I explained to prepare at least 15 drawings in an A3 format, add some of his quick sketches.

This could be his entry portfolio.

Next, I suggested going visit a short list of Italian design schools I gave. The objective was to choose a school and start the Car Design Education course.

I tried to get him on the right process.

However, I was surprised when I received his email and the reason is the following; he told me that his intention was to go to Engineering University first and later on follow a Master in Transportation Design in Italy. Once completed this school plan go to work in the Car Design business. (At the age of 26/27 years old limit for designers hiring).

Now when I read his answer I understood that this guy was still following the old Italian mentality to get "first" a bachelor from University and "after" try an artistic school.

In Italy (but also in other countries like Spain, France or India) there is still a mentality that prefers Engineering or Architecture university before making a specialization course in what is considered an artistic hobby. The design is still seen as a strange field that comes after a real discipline studied at university.

This is wrong! The design has to be studied in specific Universities, Colleges or Schools, it is not something to apply for after 5 years of something else.

Chris Bangle former BMW VP Design
Chris Bangle former BMW VP Design | Source

My answer to him

I wrote back and told him that he was going off track!

Today's Design schools are highly professional institutions in which we learn the designer profession, in car design as well as in Industrial Design it is imperative to be in one of those good Design Schools. The scheme University and later design school is a high-risk choice because it does not give any deeper knowledge of your field and it takes away precious time to your hiring age for design studios. It is more a waste of time.

If I learn about mechanical Engineering and I will be formed for 5 years as an Engineer.

If I learn in Design schools, like Art Center College of Design in Pasadena or IAAD in Turin Italy, I learn for 4 years (or 3 depending on the school) how to be a car designer:

  • how to sketch
  • render
  • model
  • computer, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • do sponsored projects
  • Internship programs

It is obvious to me that if I want to become a car designer I must follow a Design school!

Another fact that proves the effectiveness of what I say is this one: statistically how many car designers are from Design schools and how many from Engineer Universities? Now, I do not know the answer, but I can tell you my perception in an about 20 years of experience in this business as designer and Design educator.

In my professional life until today I met 5 very good designers coming from Universities: 4 from Engineering and 1 from Architecture. All the others come from Design schools.

The 5 cases are the exception that confirms the rule, they had to go to Engineering University because they did not know Design schools existed or they could not afford to go abroad (many years ago no design schools in Italy).

However; today with the internet, social media networks, websites we can easily reach on our smartphones we know! Today we have many more design schools around the world than 20 years ago.

So, why take the risk to spend 5 years in a University that has nothing to do with our passion which is the Design?

Think about it!

Conclusion

I hope that parents go visit Design Schools to understand what those schools offer in terms of student career and opportunities.

The methods and results are different from Engineering or Architecture Universities compared to Design Universities. It is important that parents understand well what it means to become a designer and why a certain type of training is needed.

Universities are excellent to form students in their respective fields, however, we cannot pretend that from Engineering we can switch to Design Master Program and we are designers!

Too many students (many from India) believe that this is the right process to get a designer job, but it is not.


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      shawn john semu 2 months ago

      What are the qualifications to do automotive design cars

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      VR 14 months ago

      Hi Luciano

      I am 18 and I am Indian and want to know that from where should I do my b.desig. from any country where LAMBORGHINI chooses me as a automobile designer

      OR

      What is the way to become Lamborghini designer [from start till end]

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      Someone 2 years ago

      Hello.

      I live in Iran, my designing and sketching is so good that people always tell me to send some of my works to car designing collages so that they might accept you, I am 20 year old now and I study IT engineering in an university in my country, I've sent a 3D model to LamboCars.com and they accepted that and wrote an article about it however that was my very first try to make a 3D model of my virtual car.

      My family is not rich enough and I was (and I am) afraid of going to a collage of car designing in USA or Europe because of the costs and also I'm afraid no company hires me after finish studying the field, although I honestly believe that I could be a successful designer if I go there.

      My current field of study is I.T (Information Technology) Engineering and I love it however I love car designing field too (actually love it more, that doesn't mean I dislike the I.T studying field) and people tell me If I go to car designing field, I'd have less risk of having unsuccessful life.

      Time is going and according to what I read here, you are a professional teacher in the car designing field and I'd be glad if you help me and tell me that I should whether go to those collages or continuing my current field of study.

      However to go to the car design field, I should know about the costs. Specially I am not rich and I live in Iran.

      If is necessary, I will send you some of my car designing works to you. just if so, tell me your E-Mail, please.

      To know about me more, please read below:

      #Average time for me to make a 3D model of a car in 3DS Max with interior, exterior and also engine parts: About 2 weeks.

      #Average time to do a quick sketch with details: less than 7 minutes.

      #Number of sketches: I can't tell since I draw lots of cars in a week and I started to draw cars when I was 9 and never stopped, However I draw significantly less cars nowadays because of my field of study, but I draw correct 3D cars (I mean with somehow less perspective errors) in a paper faster than before (~9 minutes average) .

      I am somehow drawaholic, I mean I draw cars every time I see a clean paper, even in my exams when I am thinking, I draw cars. I can't stop it!.

      Thanks for your attention to my post.

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      Luciano Bove 2 years ago from Paris

      Try Domus or SPD in Milan or IAAD or IED in Turin...however to become a car designer you need a full car design course of at least 3 years. This is my opinion.

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      Ariyo Adebanjo 2 years ago

      Hello Luciano,

      I am a graduate of computer technology from a Nigerian university, before my four years here I developed a love for car design but there are no design schools in nigeria, so I opted for computer tech. Now I want to apply for a masters in car design at domus academy milan, italy. I want to know the posibillities of gaining admission there by next year and also if there are any summer courses, or trainings I should enroll in for the time being. I'll be expecting your honest reply, Thank you

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      Luciano Bove 2 years ago from Paris

      to be a car designer you need a car design school full course!

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      thimma 2 years ago

      hi luciano ,

      i am 21 , graduated in mechanical engineering .. my passion towards automobiles drew me to do mechanical .. now i want to pursue my post graduation from a design school in india .. do u think i am making a right decision .. will the recruiters consider from this background though we are passionate .. can we excel later ..

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      Dear Catzim,

      in your case it is much better to start right away a full course in Transportation Design and No Master!

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      Catzim 3 years ago

      Hello Luciano, I´ve read your article and I´m really sure that you can help me. I´m 18 years old, and I´m from Mexico, I´m studing industrial design, the first bachelors year, my dream have been always design cars, but now I´m overwhelmed, I know I´m youth yet, that is the reason why if I can do something now for being an automotive designer, I´d do it as fast as I can, I´ve got a doubt. Should I have to study the bachelor of transportation design and forget industrial design? or keep on studing and finish the bachelor of industrial design in Mexico and then study the master in trasportation design? Sweden is a good option?

      Thank you

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      kunwar walia 3 years ago

      Thank you sir..

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      Yes I know the teachers and responsible of the master...do not worry!

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      kunwar walia 3 years ago

      Even for the master's course which they started in 2012.

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      No doubts Art Center College of the Design is the best!

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      kunwar walia 3 years ago

      Hi Luciano

      After going through the posts above, I believe u can really help me here.

      Starting with my education history, I did mechanical engineering, then i went on to pursue Masters in Design from IIT Guwahati, one of the top universities in my country India. But you see vehicle design is not a very well developed stream in my country, therefore I wasn't satisfied what i achieved. Then I worked with a professor on a research project (transportation design) for two years to build a strong portfolio.

      I applied for advanced master courses in vehicle design to some foreign universities. I got the call from Art Center College of Design Pasadena is MS Transportation Systems Track ( they found my work more suitable for this, but a applied for Vehicle track). And also I got the call from Royal College of Art in MA Vehicle Design.

      Now sir I am really confused where to go, both are good, equally expensive as I am an International student.

      Please help me in taking my decision.

      regards

      Kunwar

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      Dear Sat in my opinion you cannot pretend to be a car designer with an engineering background and 1 year of Car Design Master! That is all!

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      sat prakash sharma 3 years ago

      hello sir,

      Can you please elaborate your below comment as this is highly confusing...

      "Universities are excellent to form in their respective fields, however we cannot pretend that from Engineering we switch to Design and in 2 years of Master program we are designers! Sorry ,this is not possible."

      I have done engineering and have two years experience in automobile industry... doing a design program will be a backdrop for me???????

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      yes please send it to lucianobove@yahoo.com

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      CRAZY NIGHT DANCER 3 years ago from P.R.China

      this is a chinese not-that-young man who've finished his Bachelor's degree in Engineering in HIT(this is indeed off the track!) and i currently trying to get a suitable school. I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER SINCE CHILDHOOD! I AM ALWAYS THE ARTIST IN SCIENCE SCHOOL! for reasons that "I THINK ONE SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT NATURE" i chose to be a science student. and now it is time to try to be a designer. i got positive response from SPD and IED. RCA have not received my portfolio, and got no response from ACCD. would you like to see my mini portfolio in PDF format?

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      Dear Manuel,

      I understand how you feel and this is the reason why in Italy I started to teach first at IAAD and later on at IED opening the 1st Transportation design departement.

      It is obvious that at your age is really difficult to be a car designer in a major car company design studio, if you really have an excellent talent and with your master course school you can learn well how to draw and render....you might have a chance!

      If we think about about a different field always related to car design I think of Alias modeling Virtual 3D activities...there you would have better chances to find a job....but it will not be easy!

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      Manuel 3 years ago

      Hi Luciano,

      The other day I found your page and I felt terrible when I started reading the comments. I am 30 years old.

      I always wanted to become a car designer, but when I was 18 nobody in Spain knew to tell me where to study to accomplish my dream. I studied a computer engineering and my idea was to work some time and make some money to pay the courses. (I heard about IED Torino while working, Car Design schools exist!).

      I was decided to start this year a course in Italy or England or whereever, but now I see I was wrong wasting all this time.

      Do you think there is any possibility to get a job with 32/33 coming from school?

      Is there any other position related to car design more suitable for my age?

      Thanks a million for your valuable information!!

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      My pleasure!

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      Pamela 4 years ago

      Hello Luciano,

      Thank you for your invaluable help! I will certainly check your FB page.

      I hope we keep in touch in the near future!

      Kind regards

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Ciao Pamela,

      thanks for your compliments! Your case is perfect to do what you just told...you have all the rights to go with your sketching course and then go to a Master in Transportation Design to complete your design education.

      SPD is a very good school in Milan...in alternative you have IAAD in Turin and also UMEA University in Sweden which offers an excellent Master program in Transportation design.

      If you need you can check my FB page Car Design Education Tips or my profile Luciano Bove car designer...there I have contacts of people workng in these schools.

      All the best,

      Luciano

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      Pamela 4 years ago

      Hello Luciano,

      First of all I want to thank you for all the valuable information you share in your articles and I think your work is amazing.

      Well, I hope you can give me some advice about my career path.

      I am an industrial designer (Graduated in May 2011). I chose Industrial Design as a career thinking that I would eventually become involved in car design, which is my passion and I don't see myself working on anything else that is not related with the automotive industry.

      I am from Mexico, I am 25 years old, and currently working here in Mexico City. I have worked for almost 2 years now, in a company that manufactures polyurethane autoparts for Volvo and Irizar buses (RIM injection). I have had the opportunity to design interior parts (like partition walls and arm rests). Unfortunately the opportunities of designing are not as many as I wish because many of the parts we get to manufactured are of course already designed by the client.

      My sketching skills are not bad, but I consider I have a long way to go before I can master them (specially car sketches). So, for now I am enrolling on an intensive Car Sketching Course taught in Rigoletti Casa de Diseño (a renowned design school here in Mexico).

      My course will start this month and finish on December. Then, my goal is to enroll in a Master of Transportation and I am considering applying to SPD (First completing the One Year Course, then the Master) for next year.

      So I expect I'll be 27-28 max when I finish the Master. What do you think? SPD is a good way to go? Thank you very much!

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      it is going to be OK!

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      Zii 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your valuable advice, I think I'll most probably follow that path. I'll be 26/27 by the time I finish my bachelors in TD in that case, I hope that's not too old. Thanks again for your time, I was having a looking around your blog, very informative for aspirants like me.

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      It is better to do a full bachelor in transportation design. if you have talent and will produce a good portfolio you will have good chances to get a job!

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      Zii 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for you reply Luciano, really appreciate it. After some research I've figured out that it is very difficult to excel in Transportation Design just after engineering since I'm lacking design background inorder to compete with the students who've already spend 3 to4 years doing their bachelors in the same. Hence I'm also considering to do my second bachelors in Transportation Design. I'm considering this option mainly because I really really want to be a car designer, and I don't want miss out on basics and directly do masters. I wanted to ask you if thats a good idea as you're very experienced in this field. I'd also like to know if a Bachelors in TD is sufficient for a good job. I'm currently planning to take a short course in arts for a year or so after my engineering degree to improve my drawing skills inorder to prepare an impressive portfolio.

      Thanks again,

      Zijah

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Dear Zii, what I try to explane in my article is: to be a good car designer you have to produce an outstanding portfolio..to do so you need the right time to learn and exercise in a good design school with the right method..;to do so you need at least 4 years of school! Now you can do thid after your engineering university...however if you become a good designer at the age of 32!!!it looks a bit old for the market...if you do it and get out with your portfolio at 28/29 years of age ...in this case it is OK!

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      Zii 4 years ago

      Dear Luciano,

      First off, thanks for your information related to transportation design. I'm 21, final year in Bachelors of Engineering, Mechanical. I chose my engineering degree due to my love for cars and now I've realized I'm more interested in the exterior design. I've been involved in a team, which build and test single seater race cars, I'm currently heading the team, involved in design of the chassis, body and cockpit. I was thinking of preparing a strong portfolio for 2 years so as to make myself eligible for MS in Transportation Design in ACCD, or MA from Phorzheim. Since you've mentioned in this article that doing a 2 years Master after Bachelors in Engineering doesn't make you a good car designer, I'm a bit concerned regarding taking such a decision, given that these courses are very expensive. I was watching few videos of transportation design projects from ACCD, and few students were having trouble due to their lack of knowledge in technical aspects such as aerodynamics , so I believe coming from an engineering background would be of great advantage. I'd like to know what's your take on this.

      Thanks in advance,

      Zijah

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Dear Roy,

      I understand I can remember my father's worries...I remember also when he started to be very proud of me too :)...I am sure that for you it is going to be the same anyway I wish it to you!

      take care,

      Luciano

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      Roy 4 years ago

      Thanks Luciano. You're a good man and just a few year senior. A good manager too, not that anything less is expected of an Art Center grad. My best wishes and many thanks for your positive response. Now I feel much better about my son's choice.

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Dear Roy,

      interesting and curious comment you made...also a bit funny..now I feel like a cool good looking football player with nice girls around me :)

      In reality it is not what you think or perceived...I work as designer since 25 years now (I am 50) and always in big companies like Fiat and today Renault...I have several collegues whom are even older than me, however the creative talents are of course young designers from 25 years of age until 35 ...later on career moves on different roles according to your personality experience and creeative capacity. lets talk about me...I feel still to be very creative even if today I manage a great designers team..I also teach to "share" and help people younger than me to approach correctly to our car design field....it is true there are several designers that at 40 years of age decide to quit the big studios to move on different design experiences and some go to teaching or open their own freelance agency...I think our cathegory is very normal in Fiat as well in renault I saw designers and design managers arrive to retirement just like any other job post..

      I hoep i gave you a better idea about our reality :)

      Luciano

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      Roy 4 years ago

      Dear Luciano

      Great blog! Kudos.

      Could you please comment on the fact why do we see designers (as employees) have very short lifespan? While in most professions as people become more experienced and turns grey, they move up higher, while the Transport Designers are more like footballers who has a limited length of time as a career in a Car Major. I may say, guessing, that about 70% of them fall off by the time they are 45.

      Isn't that a problem? Obviously it is not the end of the world for them, as they move to freelancing, teaching etc. But what exactly is the reason that companies try to prefer the 30+ here, than 40+, while 50+ is just too rare, except may be the one position of the Head of a specific unit?

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      saurabh malpathak 4 years ago

      Hey! Iam Saurabh Malpathak, I live in India, Nasik.

      When I was in class 7th, I grew mad about cars and their designs, and different styles.I had one and only dream, to design a Lamborghini and a Mclaren some day.I just love cars, and suddenly i realized that in India, automobile designing is not at all considered as worthy or important.

      Now, presently, Iam in 11th class, Iam still working on making my dream true. All these years I hav sketched, and sketched and sketched... and gave my passion a start. I have very great ideas, fantasting designes. I have even won some compititions on drawing and designing.

      But to get job in india in as good as impossible, and to go outside and learn or to do a job is very very expencive. So, now im starting to think that my unique talent and dream is gonna go unfinished.

      thats the part which worries me the most, all the time.

      but i hope theres some one out there to help me, so Iam telling as many people as i can , in person and on the internet.

      if you think you are that person , or you know the person iam finding, please email me :

      sbhsmal511@gmail.com

      Thank You.

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Dear Okhot, in those schools is hard to get in....now English test is very important, but your mini portfolio for entry admission will be as important. So contact the schools to learn about their rules for admission and prepare yourself with the best miniportfolio you can put together.

      All the best,

      Luciano

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      okhot11 4 years ago

      Hi Luciano,

      I am student of 3rd year of mechanical engg. from Pune University in India. Is it difficult to get admission in RCA London or Art center CA after scoring valid TOFL score? I can draw cars ,trucks in almost all perspective. What questions will be asked in the interview for vehicle design in RCA or Art Center? I am very passionate about car designing.

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      I agree with you...wishing you the best, Luciano

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      Nico 4 years ago

      Hi Luciano, thanks for the answer.

      I think the best I have to do is to insure myself a place (as a designer, I mean... world is always full of alias jobs) BEFORE to start a MA; if possible get a sponsoring (in our days, this kind of things have to be hardly negociated) and then... just follow the passion!

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      Nico 4 years ago

      Hi Luciano,

      I've just been accepted at the one year MA at the SPD... and waiting for some several other 2 years MA courses inclusive RCA. I pretty confident in obtaining some few other admissions. My small portfolio did include lot of 3D work with few very decent sketches.

      BUT

      All this comes after more than 10 years high-end digital modeling automotive contract jobs (and before that, a BA in product design). We probably met before (yes I know we did) but I prefer to not tell more about me for the moment. I simply want a decent evolution in the business.

      What would you think about such a profile? I mean, age is important. I'll be 36-37 once I got a MA. Don't you honnestly think that it's old?

      Thanks for your blog.

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      Luciano Bove 4 years ago from Paris

      Dear Aaron,

      thanks for reading my articles about schools and age...it is true according to my vision and experience your age is border line to make 4 years of additional school...however the SPD school opportunity in Milan is a good one I know them and sometimes I visit them too....so go for it check it out!

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      Aaron 4 years ago

      Dear Luciano,

      I'm from Singapore and have wanted to be a car designer for as long as I can remember. I turn 25 this year and have a Diploma in Industrial Design from a polytechnic in Singapore. My portfolio is very product-oriented but my goal has always been to progress to transport design.

      So far I have a conditional offer from Coventry University and I'm waiting to hear from Northumbria. However these would be 4-year BA(Hons) courses and after reading your blog I'm starting to worry that age will become a problem for me, so I recently discovered SPD's one-year course in Car Design Tools and the subsequent Master in Car Design which sounds like a faster option. I heard about IAAD as well but I'm not sure if the course is in English. ACCD and CCS would be great of course but the private American schools are way beyond my budget.

      Would you recommend SPD over Coventry in my case? If I do four years at Coventry I would be 29 by the time I graduate, but might the extra time to improve plus the placement year might be advantageous over the two-year option at SPD? Thank you so much in advance for your help.

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      I left a comment on your page on facebook

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Not necessary to go to art college before design school...if you are talented you are going to be ok...to send me sketches do this way: find me on Facebook search for Luciano Bove car designer...leave a message and I'll send you my email.

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      By the way how can i send you a sketch of my drawings ? :D

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      Do i need to enter an artistic college before i enter to a car design school?

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      Thank you for your informations

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Christian,

      you will get the right training in school. However, to get admitted you should pass a test of admission which consists in a mini portfolio presentation of your skills (drawings, paintings,...). For this reason it is better if you start right away to train yourself to make sure you will be admitted....

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      Dear Sir

      Before I apply for a car design school do i need to train in drawing or i will get my training in the design school ?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      No I don't, but Umea is the best!

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      Dear Sir

      Thank you for your information... i have one more question: do you know a car design school in Sweden other than Umea university ?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Christian in my opinion and accordingly to my experience if you have a creative talent for car design you should go to a car design school to learn it.

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      christian rahi 5 years ago

      Dear Sir

      i am deeply interested to become a car designer so i have a question : if i did industrial design at university can i get a car designer job or i have to go to a design school and learn it?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Of course yes!

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      manni aheer 5 years ago

      sir

      i am from Pakistan.CAN I TALK WITH YOU?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      OK, but to do so please contact me via Facebook look for "Car Design Education Tips" send a message there and I'll give you email adress... ok?

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      DakshanWJ 5 years ago

      dear sir ,

      If i send you some of my sketches will you be able to review them for me?

      regards ,

      Dakshan Wijesinghe

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      No I do not think so....

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      DakshanWJ 5 years ago

      Dear sir ,

      Thank you so much for your advice !

      There is one more thing i would like to ask you , can i get a job in the automotive design industry with my bachelors degree in Industrial design?

      regards

      Dakshan

      because first i need to earn some money to pay for my masters course in Transportation design

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      DakshanWJ 5 years ago

      Dear sir ,

      I am Dakshan , im 18 years old . My one and only passion is cars and i have a talent in art . my only dream is to become a car designer , and in order for me to do that i wanted to apply for a transportation design course at coventry university in U.K , and I also tried a few other universities which offer this course , however my parents find it difficult to afford to send me to them.

      Therefore I am now going to do a bachelor in arts (hons) degree in INDUSTRIAL DESIGN , in a malaysian university ( Limkokwing university of creative technology ) .

      I just want to ask you if i can archieve my dream following industrial design and how to get into the industry.

      your advice would be of great help to me,

      regards

      Dakshan

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Sorry no idea! here we talk about car design..

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      deep277 5 years ago

      Dear Sir,

      I am deeply interested in learning the Design of Engine Mountings, Body Mountings, Silent Block Bushes and other Rubber components in an automotive. I have an Engineering background ( Graduate in Production Engineering).

      I am employed in a company in India which makes such components as OEM.

      Would there be any (Scholarship) short term courses in Italy or Europe (6 - 10 Weeks) in which design of Rubber components is taught ?

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      Manzil Shrestha 5 years ago

      Thank you alot sir,

      You might be back from your vacation.

      I was waiting for your suggestion.

      Thanks alot again.

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Manzil,

      you can try but you must know as I wrote that you must have 2 important elements: creative talent + the right age (and some money too).

      The IAAD design school in turin italy is not expensive compared to others www.iaad.it try to get infos of there and see what they say!

      Luciano

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      Manzil Shrestha 5 years ago

      Dear Luciano,

      I am now 23 years, I am studying Bachelor in Computer Application and i am not getting in it. I am from Nepal. I would like to quit B.C.A. and start my career in transportation design.

      I had completed my +2 in commerce.I am interested in sketching concept car n bike models and other mean of transportation but its only limited in my sketch book.

      Does the age limit and and academic loss affect in applying for those course.I am afraid of the tuition fee which might be expensive for me.

      Please help me

      Best regard

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      Bela 5 years ago

      Is a design school a university.i live in south africa and i realy wana become a car designer wat should i do because they are no design schools.and my school doesn't offer any courses plz help here's my phone number 0766658583

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      dear Shoaib, check this website school in Italy www.iaad.it they teach car design and also bike design with teachers from Ducati and interesting sponsors...

      You need this school or similar to do what you ask to do.

      Good luck!

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      shoaib patel 5 years ago

      i want to become a car& bike designer and i didn't know what kind of education i should get or which university or college is best for me . i am 20 year old and live in india , car&bike design is my favorite field but i did't know about this field. plzzz help me

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      bari dar 5 years ago

      i want to become a car designer and i didn't know what kind of education i should get or which university or college is best for me . i am 18 year old and live in pakistan , car design is my favorite field but i did't know about this field. plzzz help me

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      Subash Banavati 5 years ago

      I agree With Luciano on the age limit . At 30 it's difficult to get a job in Car Designing but not impossible . I , myself am doing masters in Transportation design in India . I am 26 yrs old and into my first year . It seems to me that everyone is more worried about age and not talent and the hard work that we need to put in . If you can put in two years of hardwork ( ofcourse you need the talent.If you can't draw , i am sorry you can't be a car designer ) You can get a job and a good one . With markets having opened up in India and other Asian countries , with the right approach and flexibility of course its possible .

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      rehan tanveer 5 years ago

      hi,i loved ur article can u please tell me what should i do automotive engineering or design school i live in pakistan here there is noany concept about design school,my both brother are mba n both sister doctor i am youngest in home there is no engineer or any one related to guide to please bro tell me what should i do,i love cars so very much i want to get remarkable achievement in this field please help me ,i live in karachi pakistan ,in pakistan there are 3 universities who have automotive department the best in them is N.E.D UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN KARACHI PLEASE GIVE GUIDENCE BRO N WHICH CARS U HAVE DESIGNED?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Jenna congratulations for ACCD... in your case it will be less complicated simply because you will attend the best school for Design...the opportunities there are many....I went there I know! Work hard and have fun!

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      jenna 5 years ago

      I have recently been accepted to ACCD with a scholarship, but I'm turning 30 this year. It sounds like from your replies, even when I get out (at age 34) it will be really difficult to find a job. Do companies necessarily look at your age first in hiring?

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      Sky Barbosa 5 years ago

      Hi there, I am 18 years old, Very interested in going into the field of Car design... as i read in one of the comments there are no car/transportation design courses in south africa whatsoever, i live in south africa and do not have the funds to be able to study over sea's. Does anyone know of ANY car design colleges/courses etc? i really want to fulfill my dream of hopefully designing the top sport cars in the world. Thank you

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Amol check out these schools websites: art center college of design pasadena, college for creative studies in detroit, iaad turin italy, strate college in paris france, phorzeim school in germany.

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      Amol 5 years ago

      respected sir,

      i m 23 tr old n now iwana start career in designing field so will u please help me 2 find out bst college for my designing career. i had done my degree in Automobile. wol u please help me

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Coventry is good!

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      Maria 5 years ago

      I was looking through colleges and I landed on Coventry University which has this course available.. What do you think about it? And I think I need to apply for next year 2013 since it's a bit late this year, right?

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Maria,

      you are a limt case in terms of age. However if you start a design school you would end up with a diploma at 28 or 29 years of age you could still make it!

      So contact fast several good design schools and ask them showing your art work to have a feedback before spending your money and time!

      Good luck!

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      Maria 5 years ago

      Dear Luciano,

      I am a 24 year old lebanese with a passion for art. I've studied in an art school, and I have been told that I'm great at it. The thing is my other passion is for cars, so my main job for 2 years now was a carsaleswoman and I got introduced (through the trainings we had) to cars' aerodynamics, designs and reasons for why cars are shaped the way they are. So as a good artist and a well informed on car backgrounds, history and designs, do you think it's too late for me to apply for car design courses(even if it's overseas) and eventually work in that major?

      Thank you for your time, and your amazingly informative blog.

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Dear Ale,

      I know very well SPD Milano because I have done few visits and 1 conference...in a few months I'll go back because we are organizing another design conf on a speciphic project.

      So my opinion is very positive about SPD. Good luck!

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      ale 5 years ago

      Dear Luciano,

      I am now 26 years, I have fresh graduate from mechatronic engineering. I am from Indonesia. I would like to continue my master in car body design in SPD milan.

      How good it is SPD milano ?

      Can you explain relationship between SPD and VW group in this master car body design project ?

      because this in 15 month course and in the end of course I will go to internship program.

      best regard

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Sam, yes it is harder because hiring starts at 25.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      Hi Luciano,

      Just a comment, why it is hard to get a job after 30 ?

      Thank you

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      shubham 5 years ago

      thanks

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      shubham 5 years ago

      sir, currently i am doing job as a component designer and having good command over cad designing software specially pro-e.

      sir i used to make un offical sketches of cars and bikes from last 7 years as having great affinity towards car designing . So can you help me in selecting course accordingly i want to pursue post graduate in designing.

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      shubham 5 years ago

      sir,

      after reading most of comment i am some what confuse , as i am an automobile engg. and have great passion towards car designing at present i am 23 and belongs to India, i want to join designing course so what your suggestion that may i go for that or not because after doing course may be my age would cross the youth age factor .or there are any short term courses for designing and if so then guide me please because i don't want further delay this joining

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      srikanth 5 years ago

      dear luciano,

      im planning to get into a transportation design school in italy.please guide me.im 18 and a +2 graduate.currently trying to various art methods at nicc,india.im passionate about cars,bikes.

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Hi Subash,

      in your case the age is not a problem...however it all depends on your talent level once you finish your master program.

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      Subash Banavati 6 years ago

      Hi Luciano , I am 25 and Preparing myself to try and get into admission in Masters programme in transportation in automobile and transportation design in my country ( India ) or even in any top college in Europe ( mainly Italy ) . So assuming it would be a two year course , I'll be 27 or say 27.5 when i graduate . So, Will that be difficult for me to get a job as a designer . I have a bachelors in engineering and a job experience not in the design field .

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Ayama, in Italy the best car design school to me is IAAD in Turin www.iaad.it To follow a Mater Program in Transportation Design you have 2 good schools: SPD in Milan and again IAAD in Turin.

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      Ayama 6 years ago

      pls who knw's about the best car designing school in italy

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      Ramiz 6 years ago

      Dear Luciano,this is Ramiz from India and i am also facing the same problem about which you have wrote in the above blog...actually i had just completed my school and i am 19 now.From now i want to chose my career as a car designer but i am unable to find any reliable information and you know in countries like India it is really hard to chose a career of a designer and that too of a car is even more difficult....since i was small i had derams of this but no way...and you know my marks are not so good to try for engineering so i was trying if i could get acceptance in a good design school some where...My first choice had always remained the Art center of design i had got the mailing address also for submitting portfolio but if you please suggest some other institute it will really help me very much....actually i want to know your opinion

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thapelo thanks for writing to me...there are too many Thapelos on FB so ask my friendship on FB and after I'll give you my email so we start talking. OK?

      Luciano

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      thapelo maboa 6 years ago

      dear luciano im a 20 year south african that is very passionate about car designing,im currently studyin law at the university of limpopo(first year)..so is it too late for me to change?and is there any design school that you know in south africa and the world as a whole?im prayer thapelo on facebook

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Dear Rubén,

      thanks for witing to me asking for my opinion. I suggest you to look at IAAD et IED with strong interest.

      Be good!

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      Rubén 6 years ago

      Hi Luciano,

      I am a recently graduated industrial design engeenring in Spain(I am 22), and now I want to take a master in car design. I want to study in Italy, and now I am applying for different master as Domus Academy, IED and IAAD. Could you tell me what is the best school between these?and what is your opinion about Domus Academy?

      Thanks!

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Dear Marco Catalano,

      money issues are always huge problem and worst of all is today's bad economy not helping the system. So it is normal that companies do not give you a bit of their money to help you.

      Honestly I do not know how to help you! I remember that some students in Art Center used to borrow money from bank as a plan financial student.

      Basically they started to pay back since months after their first job for several years according to the amount of money borrowed.

      I'll keep thinking but I do not whatelse to tell you!

      good luck

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      Marco Catalano 6 years ago

      Dear Luciano

      I posted a comment 7 months ago (MarcoCat) and since then have finally applied for automotive design at Coventry University. Fortunately, I have been accepted, however the issue now is the extremely high fees that I have to pay since I am an international student.

      Can you please give me suggestions as to how I can source these funds in order to live my dream? I have tried e-mailing car companies, but to no avail... Please help.