Automotive and Transport Design MDes/BA (Hons) (W241, WHG3)


Coventry University

Automotive and Transport Design MDes/BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury  40%   


Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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This course runs from 2017/18

Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry University is recognised by the automotive industry as the leading undergraduate course in the UK. It is responsible for producing senior design professionals all over the world. As well as cars, it offers the opportunity to design transport for all applications.

Course code:

  • MDes W241
  • BA WHG3

Why choose this course? 

This course is designed to give you the chance to develop the skills and understanding to work as a designer in all fields of Automotive and Transport Design. This includes cars, motorbikes, boats, luxury yachts, construction vehicles and vehicle interiors, as well as emerging areas such as electric vehicles.

Many current production vehicles can be attributed in part to the contribution of our graduates who have left to work around the world for companies including: Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Rolls Royce, Toyota, Qoros, VW and Volvo.

Automotive and Transport Design aims to develop individuals who can apply a high level of innovation and creative thinking to their studie. There is a particular focus on understanding how society and new technology will lead to more sustainable transport solutions in future.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • a teaching team that includes design professionals with many years of experience in the automotive and transport design business;
  • strong associations with the industry offering placement opportunities and potential employment prospects for successful students;
  • Opportunity to apply for an international placement or study abroad option. Programmes include ‘Study China, Marco Polo and many more;
  • Working on collaborative projects.


What will I learn? 

This course offers the options of a three-year BA (Hons) degree or four year MDes or BA (Hons) degree that includes the third year ‘Professional Enhancement’.

In your first year you will learn 2D design skills and be introduced to 3D techniques, the theory and analysis skills needed to underpin design work plus an understanding of packaging and ergonomic requirements for successful design solutions. This year acts as a diagnostic of your aptitudes and interests.

In the second year you will develop your design process, modelling, and presentation skills, learn how to evaluate your work, and develop your knowledge of ergonomics and engineering in individual and group activity.

The 'Professional Enhancement Year', the third year of the four-year degree, involves entry to a national or international competition, and involvement in collaborative projects with industry. There are opportunities to secure placements in the industry, with which the Coventry Automotive and Transport Course has close connections. Work placements can strongly enhance your experience and skills whilst improving your network of industry contacts.

The final year of your BA (Hons) degree (this may be your 3rd or 4th year) may include entry to a national design competition.

The final year for the MDes qualification (4th year) includes research and design management modules.

Both BA (Hons) and MDes qualifications conclude with a major design project. At the end of their degree students are expected to exhibit in our prestigious Degree Show.

How will this course be taught? 

You will study in a base studio with your year-group colleagues, which is where you will learn through design exploration, discussion, sketching and making. There will also be a series of lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Students will work on collaborative projects with industrial partners whilst based in the University. Recent student collaborative projects were carried out with: Bentley Motors, GM North America, MG/SAIC, Ricardo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bowler, Land Rover, and the Formula Student racing car and Eco-marathon car (in collaboration with CU Motorsport Engineering).

How will I be assessed? 

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 20%;
  • practical or project work 45%; 
  • group work 10%; 
  • presentations, posters 15%;
  • placements 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details. 

Teaching contact hours 

In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small-group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week

Medium-group teaching: 4 hours of medium-group lectures and seminars each week

Large-group teaching: 10 hours of lectures and supported studio practice each week

Personal study: 20 hours of studying and practical work in your own time each week

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

Graduates from this course now occupy leading positions in the automotive and transport industry in the UK and worldwide, as design consultants, modelers, illustrators, CAD professionals, managers, marketing professionals, or entrepreneurs/business owners. This course has a strong record of employment success.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities' own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250

Included in the fees:

  • Core workshop materials;
  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Voucher for the CSAD Art Shop;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad 

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas trips or visits: £350+ per trip;
  • Any additional design materials: £50+ per year

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