Degrees specific to vehicle design are extremely difficult to find. Bachelor's and master's degree programs in industrial design or commercial design are more common, but are still only available at select schools. There are approximately 352 art and design programs that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Schools with Industrial Design Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,158 (in-state) $25,458 (out-of-state)|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,037 (in-state) $27,365 (out-of-state)|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$15,054 (in-state) $30,214 (out-of-state)|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$11,839 (in-state) $34,143 (out-of-state)|
|California State University - Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,452 (in-state) $17,612 (out-of-state)|
|University of Houston||Houston, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,759 (in-state) $20,519 (out-of-state)|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Raleigh, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,581 (in-state) $24,932 (out-of-state)|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,378 (in-state) $18,538 (out-of-state)|
|Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$12,485 (in-state) $29,129 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When choosing a program you want to make sure the program offers the courses and outside of class opportunities needed to prepare you for your desired career. Consider the following when looking for automotive design schools:
- In general, a bachelor's degree program in industrial design is broad in scope and prepares graduates to work in a number of different areas, and this fact alone may figure into a prospective choice.
- An internship is important to aspiring automotive and industrial designers and should be one of the main considerations when choosing a design school.
- Specific automotive design courses should cover areas such as technical creativity, design for manufacturing and assembly, vehicle packaging, design terminology and vehicle electronic systems.
- There are a variety of degree types to consider, such as the Bachelors in Industrial Design, Bachelor of Science, Masters in Industrial Design or Master of Science in Industrial Design; Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design is also offered. It's important to consider the curriculum of these programs and how they align with your career goals.
Aspiring automotive designers may find it hard to locate degree programs specifically in automotive design, however bachelor's or master's degree programs in industrial design or commercial design may provide them with the required education.