“As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career options, and we want to change that.”
And that’s Mark Trostle, head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA—North America.
Let’s go through that again:
1. Automotive design
Which essentially means to parents is a career path. What this means to students who like to draw vehicles is that it can be a real, paying gig at some point in their not-too-distant future.
And here is a company that is helping.
That’s right: U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 can have the opportunity, through the seventh annual Drive for Design contest, to get their proverbial foot in the door at FCA Design should they win.
And there will be three winners, all of whom will get a chance to spend a day at the FCA Design Studios and work one-on-one with the designers there.
They will receive a scholarship to attend the College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program this summer, three weeks in July that will result in three transferable college credits.
And there’s more.
Here’s the project brief:
Ultimate status vehicle. Design a new vehicle to be the ultimate expression of any FCA brand.
What will bring a new level of excitement to the showroom?
There are eligibility and other information about submitting entries that can be found at www.fcadrivefordesign.com
Know that the entries are due April 27, 2019
To say this is a HUGE opportunity is a giant understatement.
What’s more, the folks at the FCA Design studio are some of the best in the business—and they are really, really great people who I have personally gotten the opportunity to know over the years and must say that getting to spend time with them—especially for someone interested in transportation design—would be extraordinary.
If you’re a U.S. high school student, jump on that website and get at it.
If you’re a parent of a student who spends time drawing cars, let them know.
If you’re a high school teacher who is always on someone’s case because they are sketching while they should be paying attention to ancient history or whatever, bring this to their attention.
This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
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