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luciano-bove-fhs salzburg-universityCar Design schools: Undergraduate & Master programs.

 

This generous contribution to the entire automotive community from Luciano Bove is of great relevance and wish to share it with our studentns and educators.

 

In his pages he writes:

 

 

Dear friends,
I am receiving too many questions about Master programs in Car Design schools with a particular attention to the real opportunity to become car designers once you got your Master degree.


Some of you complain about personal experiences that did not turn out exactly as you expected, and some others ask to be reassured that getting the prestigious Master degree will really open every door in car design studios.

 

  • Art Center College of Design
  • Art Center College of Design
    Art Center College of Design


    Let me tell you, as I already wrote about it, to become a car designer is one thing...to implement your educational career with a Master degree is another thing!
    Sometimes both experiences go very well together, some other times these experiences do not converge they remain parallel and here we have a serious problem!
    To become a car design you need a good school!
    To become a car designer today you need to know first if you have talent and creatvity. Then you have to put together what we call an entry portfolio which is basically a collection of what you draw. Mainly cars, but I suggest to add also landscape sketching, products, illustrations and paintings if you paint.
    The entry portfolio will help school's commettee to evaluate your level of talent and creativity, but also your level of passion about design and car design. I help many of you giving regularly a feedback when you send me your mini portfolio.

     

  • IAAD Workshop 2010 lezione
  • IAAD Workshop 2010 lezione
    IAAD Workshop 2010 lezione


    Now that you have your entry portfolio you have to search for a design school with a Car Design or Transportation Design Dept. made of teachers whom are designers themselves. Those teachers are not just academic with theory and rules they bring also the practical everyday experience in their teaching method.
    Imagine you got selcted! There you go, you start an Undergraduate program of 4 or 5 years during which you will have the time to:
    -learn basics of drawing
    -learn basics of illustration techniques
    -learn basics of car design
    -learn basics of modeling techniques
    -learn how to make design projects
    -learn how to model with all materials and Clay
    -learn how to use Virtual Reality
    -learn how to use Photoshop, Illustrators, Alias, Maya, 3DMax,....
    -learn how to manage sponsored projects (GM,VW,BMW...)
    -learn how to manage your presentations
    -learn how to manage yourself and your communication
    -learn how to make your final portfolio
    -learn how to make job interviews (speciphic exercises...)
    -learn about etc.etc.
    Do you understand now why you need 4 or 5 years to make your final portfolio hoping to get a job out there and become a car designer?
    The undergraduate program (course) is intended to take you by the hand from zero and step by step take you to the diploma day with a full educational experience made of: theory + practical activities.
    You should start at 19 or 20 years of age to end up between 23 or 25 years of age, you get your diploma which is generally a BS in Hulman Science in the Field of Transportation Design (it was for me back in 89 at Art Center College of Design, maybe today have different names).
    To me this is the main course to follow if you wish to become a car designer.

     

  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
    Luciano Bove Designer & Educator


    Master Programs
    So untill now I wrote about the classical course to follow in order to become a car designer with a recognized diploma.
    What about Master Programs in transportation design?
    The Master in Transportation Design is a 1 year course during which selected students make few advanced projects sometimes with sponsors. The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods.
    I would like to repeat this sentence to make sure you read and understand it:
    The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods. (My opinion according to my experience).
    In this sentence you have the difference between an Undergraduate course & a Master course.
    I translate for you: if you want to learn how to draw cars you need an Undergraduate Course, if you need to go more in details about design management and project management you need a Master Course.

  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
    Luciano Bove Designer & Educator

    Master Programs
    So untill now I wrote about the classical course to follow in order to become a car designer with a recognized diploma.
    What about Master Programs in transportation design?
    The Master in Transportation Design is a 1 year course during which selected students make few advanced projects sometimes with sponsors. The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods.
    I would like to repeat this sentence to make sure you read and understand it:
    The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods. (My opinion according to my experience).

  • IAAD-Workshop-2010-Luciano_Speranza
  • IAAD-Workshop-2010-Luciano_Speranza
    IAAD-Workshop-2010-Luciano_Speranza

    In this sentence you have the difference between an Undergraduate course & a Master course.
    I translate for you: if you want to learn how to draw cars you need an Undergraduate Course, if you need to go more in details about design management and project management you need a Master Course.
     

  • MINI-2014-Clubman-Concept-Sketches---03
  • MINI-2014-Clubman-Concept-Sketches---03
    MINI-2014-Clubman-Concept-Sketches---03

    Master Programs
    So untill now I wrote about the classical course to follow in order to become a car designer with a recognized diploma.
    What about Master Programs in transportation design?
    The Master in Transportation Design is a 1 year course during which selected students make few advanced projects sometimes with sponsors. The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods.
    I would like to repeat this sentence to make sure you read and understand it:
    The objective of a Master is to give a higher project management experience to students, in other words give a higher level of experience that goes more in details about project management methods. (My opinion according to my experience).
    In this sentence you have the difference between an Undergraduate course & a Master course.
    I translate for you: if you want to learn how to draw cars you need an Undergraduate Course, if you need to go more in details about design management and project management you need a Master Course.

  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
  • Luciano Bove Designer & Educator
    Luciano Bove Designer & Educator

    Luciano Bove at Domus Academy Nov 2013

    Problems!
    At the beginning of this Hub I wrote about converging courses experiences and parallel ones, lets see this aspect in detail to understand risk of problems.

     read it all: http://luciano63.hubpages.com/hub/Undergraduate-Vs-Master-programs-in-car-Design-schools

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