Automotive Design Education: Integrating Computer Based Tools with Traditional Techniques
Lynn, David F.
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This paper begins by showing the need and motivation for an examination of automotive design education. That is followed by an overview of the current state of the art in the field as exemplified by the programs of Art Center College of Design, College for Creative Studies, Academy of Art University and other institutions offering undergraduate transportation design programs in the United States. Particular attention is given to the integration of new technology into the design curriculum. Once the baseline has been established and the range of current practice revealed, possibilities for the future are explored through the insight of leading educators, software developers, and professional design studios. Not to be overlooked but slightly tangential to the thrust of this paper is the great importance of the student population and educational theory. Ultimately this paper will grapple with the opportunities presented by the introduction of computer based design tools into the traditional industrial design education process. Proposals will be made with regard to new curricula that better serve the students, the academic institutions that prepare them, and the industry to which the graduates matriculate.