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Car Design for 15 - 17 Year Olds

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 2 August 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Explore contemporary approaches to car design on this unique one-week course.


The car industry has seen rapid changes to how vehicles are designed: whilst the trend is to use digital technologies to create visuals, every great car design begins with an idea on paper.

On this course you’ll build confidence in getting your ideas down on paper and develop fundamental design skills.

You’ll take your ideas from sketches into perspective drawings that could be used by 3D modellers in the design process.

The course is ideal if you’re interested in cars and how they are designed, or are thinking of further studies in product design, industrial design or transport design.

It’s also for anyone with a keen interest in drawing looking for a creative challenge.

You’ll develop your creative thinking to design your own car with a distinct personality, considering the way it should look, how it should be shaped and what features it should have.

You will design the interior and exterior of your concept car, and learn how form and style link to the function of a vehicle, understanding proportions and perspectives.

You’ll also work as a group to design a car from a set brief for a new type of car, developing your team-working and technical drawing skills to visualise a concept.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll be able to recognise the different stages of design development for a car and you’ll leave with sketches, concepts, perspective drawings and plans for your portfolio.

You’ll have gained confidence in presenting your ideas to others and developed a range of transferable design skills.

Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will find open-plan studios and well-equipped workshop spaces to develop your ideas and have access to everything you need in order to create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Boris Fabris is a car designer and consultant based in Turin, Italy, which is considered the centre of excellence and innovation in the vehicle industry.

Boris also gained a level two diploma in Car Model Design at the European Centre for Industrial Modelling in Turin.

He has experience in working as a car designer in the USA, China and Europe for prestigious companies such as Ferrari, Haima and Sudan.

Boris also has seven years’ experience teaching and lecturing internationally and is passionate about transferring the foundation of good drawing skills to students.

Need accommodation?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

If you're aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.

If you're aged 15 then you can stay as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?

This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • learn how to design in different perspectives
  • create car design concepts from your own inspiration and from a brief
  • look at current car design concepts and discuss how their personality and style is driven by their brand DNA
  • explore your car design from different points of view
  • learn about style and function in automobile design
  • discuss how a 3D modeller would interpret your plans
  • present your project ideas to others
  • consider the future of car design.

You will be introduced to techniques through seminars, group demonstrations and discussion, feedback and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an interest in product, industrial or car design and in developing your creative thinking and drawing skills.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an interest in product, industrial or car design and in developing your creative thinking and drawing skills.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £525.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £525

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418