Design Schools Listing

We often get emails from young people asking how they can achieve their dream of becoming a car designer. Once we’ve determined where they’re located, the answer can usually be summed up in a few sentences:

If you’re interested in becoming a car designer, you’ll need a well-rounded education. You can start by studying industrial design and then crossing over to a more focused Vehicle Design program. You’ll need discipline and creativity and to develop the skill. Sketch constantly, work on your proportions and style and delve into creating highly conceptual ideas. You’ll also need to be a good communicator – someone who is able to communicate their ideas visually. You’ll ultimately need to sell your design to upper management in order to win programs.

This response isn’t meant to discourage – only prepare you for the road ahead. You’ll need to be aware of the highly-competitive nature of the industry and the fact that more and more schools are pushing out a greater number of designers. This leads to over saturation of supply for which there is no demand. Only those who stand out will succeed.

Here’s a list of design schools for those seeking to enter the profession of Industrial and Transportation Design. Good luck!

Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
Humber College Toronto, Canada
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
Portland Institute Portland, OR
Pratt Institute New York, NY
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta, GA
University of Cincinnati – School of Design Cincinnati, OH

Academy of Fine Art and Design Bratislava Slovakia
Coventry School of Art and Design UK
Creapole ESDI France
Domus Academy Italy
Elisava School of Design Spain
FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences Austria
Hochschule Pforzheim Germany
Instituto Europeo di Design Italy
Institut Superior du Design (ISD) France
ISSAM Istituto di Scienze dell’Automobile Modena Italy
Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design Italy
Lahti University of Applied Sciences Finland
Majenta Academy Spain, Sweden, UK
Munich University of Applied Sciences Germany
Politecnico di Milano Italy
Reutlingen University Germany
Royal College of Art UK
Scuola Politecnica di Design Italy
Strate College France
Swansea Metropolitan University UK
Umeå Institute of Design Sweden
University of Bradford (Industrial Design) UK

DSK International School of Design India
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts China
Hongik University Korea
Kookmin University Korea
MIT Institute of Design India
Monash University Australia
National Institute of Design India
Tokyo Communication Arts – Car Design Japan
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Malaysia


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