Transportation Design

Art Center College of Design
Background Image: Student modeling a car in clay
Student modeling a car in clay

Transportation design is a specialized offshoot of industrial or product design. Although often thought of as simply car design, this area of study now is broadening to include other forms of transportation such as motorcycles, buses, recreational vehicles, and even bicycles. It combines some mechanical and practical knowledge with artistic three-dimensional abilities. The work is most often with corporations, either as a staff designer or as a consultant to those corporations.



Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus , OH


Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, MI

Photo of Nicho Vardis with students and car
Nicho Vardis '99 challenged students to create

Some 100 aspiring automotive designers learned about the field from a lead designer behind the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat when CIA held its annual Automotive Design Symposium for high school and CIA students at the 2015 Cleveland International Auto Show at the IX Center on March 13.

Nicho Vardis | Manager and Keynote Speaker

Nicholas “Nicho” Vardis, the keynote speaker for this year's symposium, is a 1999 CIA graduate and Manager – SRT/Mopar Design Studios for FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC. Vardis gave a presentation about his education and career experiences...