Hey everybody! I'm asking this question to get some advice on what I should do. I'm currently a senior in high school who wants to pursue a degree in industrial/transportation design. I would like to end up working for either Ford or Chrysler. I have been accepted into the Design programs at N.C. State, College for Creative Studies, and Savannah College of Art and Design. Both NCSU and SCAD offer Industrial Design while CCS offers Transportation Design. My first choice is CCS, but Ill probably end up at NCSU due to CCS's tuition. Will I be able to go to NCSU and receive a bachelors degree in Industrial Design and still be competitive in the job market. Or will it be better for me to go get a masters in transportation design after NCSU. Thanks for the feedback!
Hopefully there are a few people on here who have gone to school at one or the other. If I where you, I would try and get into contact with a couple of graduates from both schools and ask them outright how they progressed and how beneficial there experiences were for them. I really believe how well you do is based on how far above and beyond what your instructions are, doing 150% of the assigned work at any area of study will probably progress yourself farther, if not quicker, than your class mates.
Which school understands and mirrors the real world design goals, aspirations, etc?
To be honest I'm not really sure which way to advise you, but I'm a current CCS junior in auto design with a previous degree from a state school. I could rant for a while about all the faults of CCS especially with its exorbitant tuition, but unfortunately in foreseeable future it remains the best route to a car design job at one of the Big 3. The main reason for that is simply exposure. GM, Ford, and Chrysler regularly visit the campus for portfolio reviews, sponsor upper class studio projects, and hire interns (and later full-time) from CCS. There are even a few adjunct faculty who are currently working in the industry. You will simply not get that kind of experience at a state school, but I think that with enough determination and hard work you might be able to be competitive there as well. At the end of the day it's really all about your portfolio, and not the degree or school you went to, but you'll have to do a lot of extra work on your own in a non-specialized industrial design program.
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One thing really great about your plans is that you know exactly what you want. This will keep you focused for a good while so that you can follow your dream. I found some interesting technical schools that offer an online degree. If you're interested in this option feel free to check the resource I just checked. Good luck!
In my many years at Nissan Design America, we hired many grads from CCS and Art Center, a few from other places like Pratt and Cleveland but none from Savannah or N.C. State. These last two may have decent ID programs but are not in the game for Trans. As for people with grad degrees in Trans and BS or BA in some other program like ID, we had no such hires and I don't remember many who were really even considered.
Originally posted by aflo: In my many years at Nissan Design America, we hired many grads from CCS and Art Center, a few from other places like Pratt and Cleveland but none from Savannah or N.C. State. These last two may have decent ID programs but are not in the game for Trans. As for people with grad degrees in Trans and BS or BA in some other program like ID, we had no such hires and I don't remember many who were really even considered.
While I would agree with you,the RCA program has the Masters program.GM Design hired several RCA Grads.