In no other industry is this more critical today than transportation, and in no other city is the opportunity for innovation and change more evident than in Detroit and in the CCS A. A. Taubman building. Formerly the Argonaut building, it housed General Motors’ first research, engineering and design center. Harley Earl, the first modern automotive designer, and other renowned researchers and designers created landmark automotive innovations and groundbreaking concept vehicles from their studios and laboratories within its walls. The building’s rich history provides a fitting platform upon which to inspire a new generation of designers for not only the automotive industry but also transportation and mobility in general.
As a graduate student of the Transportation Design program at CCS, you will be immersed in the most pressing issues of mobility and technology impacting the transportation industry today. You will be taught by design practitioners – major transportation industry leaders, technology entrepreneurs and systems experts. You will participate in industry conferences and workshops hosted by CCS addressing mobility opportunities, technology and regulatory challenges facing current and future markets. You will compete in industry-sponsored projects and competitions designed to challenge accepted traditions in exterior and interior styling. You will apply various research methods to identify undiscovered opportunities to enhance people’s experience and feelings about transportation. And, through the Masters Thesis, you will work with both academic and professional advisors to complete an original body of work, showcasing your readiness for a career in Transportation Design.
The goal of our Transportation Design program, therefore, is to develop designers who are not just stylists but innovators with an eye towards the future. Our successful graduates are design professionals who are driven as much by their intellectual curiosity as their passion for creative aesthetics, who understand the broader context of why and how as much as the what.