We aim to cover the broadest spectrum of automotive and transport design focusing on design driven innovations.
We examine issues of autonomy, sustainability, ergonomics and the user experience and interaction in relation to exterior and interior design, surface and colour applications, lifestyle and future design solutions.
An award-winning course with a long history of achievement, we can offer you access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for virtual, digital and physical design realisation.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
This course will develop your understanding of the latest developments, drivers and practices of the automotive, transport and mobility designer beyond merely illustration and styling. You will have the opportunity to learn to create innovative product design solutions in a range of styles and media, which factor in purpose, usability, materials, ecology, desirability, technological feasibility and professional constraints.
You will progress from a general foundation in practical and theoretical automotive and transport design capabilities to more specialist knowledge, culminating with your final project. We focus on both digital and physical 3D modelling, providing you with deeper understanding of digital tools and visualisation techniques. Emphasis is also placed on the development of interpersonal skills with the aim to better prepare you to work in teams, as a collaborator, conciliator or leader with patrons, makers, users and specialist interest groups.
Why choose this course?
This exciting course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and expertise to produce innovative and visionary designs for every form of transport imaginable. This includes cars, motorbikes, boats, luxury yachts, construction vehicles and vehicle interiors, as well as emerging areas such as electric vehicles and personal mobility devices.
Our current excellent industry links, with diverse employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Herman Miller, Lotus, Dyson, Aston Martin, Speedo, Ford and Electrolux, for example, may provide opportunities for ‘live’ collaborative projects, work placements, industry visits, design competitions and expert advice through regular guest lectures. You can start building your contacts and gain the networking experience to establish yourself as a design professional long before you graduate.
Coventry University has gained an international reputation for automotive research and teaching covering design, engineering, business and media. A former winner of ‘Best Design School’ in the World Automotive Design competition, we have hosted major symposiums on the future of transport design, including RINA conferences and the ITS-UK Automotive User Interest Group.
You will be taught by current specialists in automotive, transport and broader industrial design with expertise in concept, modelling, interior, exterior and design-led development of low carbon vehicles. Their extensive professional experience includes working for well-known companies like General Motors, Daihatsu, Nissan, Ford and JLR.
The course is informed by and aims to reflect the changing nature of the issues that drive automotive and transport design. Sustainability, social impact of designs, internationalisation, global branding and design in context are changing people’s perceptions about diversity in transportation. Such ‘drivers of design’ are embedded within coursework and we regularly review our curriculum in response to feedback from our many industry connections.
We deliberately try to strike a balance between traditional hand-processes and emerging technologies. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops for physical and digital model making, whilst having the opportunity to access state-of-the-art milling, rapid prototyping and 3D printing.