This article describes the background and work of the Art Center College of Design, located near Pasadena, California. Of interest to the transportation industry is that automobile companies participate regularly -- on a rotating basis -- in giving realistic assignments to advanced transportation design students. And of late the leading industrial corporations from Europe and Japan are becoming increasingly involved in similar assignments. Projects have included input from the Volvo, Porshe-Audi, a number of British concerns, plus Yamaha, Nissan and Toyota. Although the student designs are not for commercial use, the basic processes in creating an automotive design, for example, follow an essentially true-to-life path, including detailed renderings and sale clay models. Even at this stage students must design-in the federally mandated details and standards while at the same time keeping in mind sound engineering practices. Although in the real world designers don't have to be engineers, it helps -- especially in automotive. Materials applications and methods courses are standard at Art Center.

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    Automotive Industries International

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  • Authors:
    • Black, I G
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

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  • Accession Number: 00314828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM