vehicle graphic design

Vehicle Graphic Design combines knowledge of physics and automotive aesthetics to create a vehicle that is pleasing to look at, safe, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive. Automotive design is a competitive career that attracts many who love cars, trucks, vans, but also those who have a great talent for pursuing and then applying skills. If you love cars and have a desire to turn your automotive project into something real on the road.

Here are the steps you need to go through to become a vehicle graphic design.

1.Start preparing for your career as a vehicle graphic design in high school. Art and design classes are obvious choices to develop your drawing skills, but as a car designer, you will need an excellent knowledge of maths and physics to process low wind resistance passenger cars. In addition, it is necessary to develop writing and computer skills in English and computer science lessons.

  • As the car design business becomes international, knowledge of one or more foreign languages ​​will also be beneficial.

2. Decide which area of ​​vehicle graphic design interests you the most. Vehicle graphic design can work in one of three areas: exterior design, interior design, or color/trim design.

  • Outside designers decide how the car will look from the outside. These designers sketch the structure, digitize it, and then mold their designs out of clay.
  • Interior designers are focused on making the interior of the car comfortable for the driver and passengers, and place controls and comfortable inaccessible places in the cabin without compromising safety for the driver and passengers. Interior designers also sketch their project, then on the computer, and then sculpt it out of clay.
  • Color/decoration designers decide what materials (metal, wood, leather, fabric, carpets) will be used inside and outside the vehicle to make it the most visually appealing and comfortable. Color/decoration designers are primarily researchers: they do not make models, although they can create computer models for design purposes.

3. Create a design portfolio. Since automotive design schools are highly competitive, you will need to have a portfolio of design concepts to prove your potential. This portfolio must be either paper or digital, depending on the requirements of the school you intend to enroll in.

  • If your college is short of classes and resources to help you create a design portfolio, you might consider an initial industrial design degree at a local college to build a good portfolio.

4. Choose the right college program for you. 
You have several options for how to organize college studies to become a vehicle graphic design:

  • You can go for a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and then either get an advanced degree in transportation engineering / automotive design or take an entry-level in industrial design and use that experience as a jumping-off point to automotive design. There are several hundred industrial design college programs around the world.
  • You can go to a bachelor’s degree in automobile engineering and use that experience to become an auto designer. This is going to be the harder path, as most car companies have about 20 engineers for every designer, and most engineers are more consistent rather than creative, which makes building a car more difficult.
  • You can go to an automotive design school with a curriculum. There are about 20 such schools in the world. You can get a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree.
  • You can get a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, furniture design, architectural engineering, or interior design, and then go to a master’s degree in automotive design. This road will be more suitable if you want to change areas of design.
  • Regardless of which path you choose, look for a school that offers automated editing (CAD) courses that are affiliated with the automotive design department of one or more automakers. You can also look for a school as close as possible to where you currently live, although this is not a major requirement if you are looking to enroll in a top vehicle graphic design.


  • Expect to spend 3 to 4 years pursuing a bachelor’s degree in industrial design or vehicle graphic design. A master’s degree can take another 2 to 4 years.
  • You may also consider moving up to a degree with your master of vehicle graphic design to get a better starting position and salary, or to give yourself an edge in a tough job market.