We cover the most broad spectrum of transport design examining issues of autonomy, sustainability, ergonomics and the user experience 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, including wind tunnel, robotic milling, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, 3D printing and excellent clay modelling facilities.
This course aims to 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 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 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 excellent industry links, with diverse employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Herman Miller, Lotus, Dyson, Aston Martin, Speedo, Ford and Electrolux, for example, 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 Univeristy 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 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 reflects 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 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.
International experience opportunities
We firmly believe that a future design career must fit a global context and we encourage you to engage in an international experience during your study. The course has direct links with universities in China, India, the USA, and Colombia.
Opportunities occur for all students to participate in international trips and exchanges with partnering universities.
Throughout the course, projects will be set with an international focus, which aims to enhance your global experience and broadening your mindset. You may have opportunities to take part in online international learning (OIL) projects working collaboratively across international boundaries, for example, an innovative ambulance design in collaboration with Designskolen Kolding, Denmark.
Professional enhancement is central to our ethos and you will be encouraged to embrace either an industry placement or international study exchange before your final year. When you graduate, you should be used to working proactively to generate ideas as an individual or in teams and meeting deadlines.
We will encourage and guide you to enter national and international design competitions which can enhance your portfolio, expose you to potential employers and increase networking prospects.
Career opportunities are vast and varied – you could start your own business, become a design consultant, modeller, illustrator, CAD professional, design manager or marketing professionals. Graduates have found opportunities in automotive exterior and interior design, lighting systems design, clay and ‘hard’ modelling, digital modelling and surfacing, 3D visualisation and animation, colour and materials design, user interface design, lifestyle products and design research.
Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.