If you're thinking about a career in automotive design, industrial design is generally the course for you. From there, you will learn the process that goes into the design of products. These include putting the concept from pencil to paper, and to working with a team to build a prototype for presentation.
But if you want a more enhanced and focused experience in the study of automotive design, check out the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Why? Because their Transportation Design alumni are some of the biggest names in the field.
Some of the most well-known graduates of Art Center College of Design include Frank Stephenson, Chris Bangle, Luc Donckerwolke, Kunihiro Uchida, J Mays, Frank Stephenson, and Chip Foose, just to name a few. Even two Filipino designers finished their studies there too, namely Benjamin Dimson and Wini Camacho.
Chris Bangle was the one responsible for a styling revolution over at BMW in the '00s, while Luc Donckerwolke penned the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo. Kinihiro Uchida was one of the driving forces of Lexus, designing the first-generation LS and was also the one responsible for the second-generation MR-2. J Mays meanwhile kicked off the retro-futuristic wave of the late-'90s and early '00s, and Chip Foose is well regarded as one of the pillars of the modern hot rod.
Then there's Frank Stephenson who designed various Ferrari and Maserati models such as the F430, 612 Scaglietti, Quattroporte, and Gran Turismo, along with the McLaren MP4-12C, 720S, and 675LT .
As for the cars designed by our compatriots, Benjamin Dimson did the Porsche 964 as well as a whole lot of other Porsche models including the 944 Turbo and 928 S4. Wini Camacho, on the other hand, did the X-Class concept, W212 E-Class, and the facelifted W203 C-Class for Mercedes-Benz.
So if you want to have a start in the field of automotive design, check out what Art Center College of Design has to offer. Maybe you can be the next new Filipino car designer to walk its halls soon.