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Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design

The union of  design & technology  gives our graduates an edge and prepares them for the real world.

Drive the Future with Intelligent Design


LTU offers an in-depth university experience which enables exposure to technological advances as sources of inspiration, leading to more creative and provocative design solutions. The fusion of design and technology offers you the kind of experience that automotive graduates from other programs can take years to acquire on the job. 

Read More You will learn to use the latest in digital surface tools, visualization tools, and fabrication technologies.  This will give you an edge in competing for top-level design positions.

Real World Experience & Interaction with Industry

LTU is in the heart of the automotive industry with close proximity to automotive design studios and suppliers. Built around the University’s signature ‘theory and practice’ approach to learning, the Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design combines in-depth conceptual investigation with exposure to industry professionals through real-world sponsored projects, internships, and visiting professionals. Our teaching staff is made of successful design professionals with decades of experience. Many are LTU graduates who are currently working in the industry to bring the current practice and perspective into the classroom.Read Less

Interior render transportation design
Transportation design critique
Honda Den Design
Transporation Design Ideation Sketches
Transportation design studio

Careers in Transportation Design

Our program prepares students to work in a range of areas, including Aviation Design, Automotive Design, Automotive Specialty Equipment Design, Bike Design, Yacht & Boat Design, Motorcycle Design, Mass Transit Design, Mobility Design.

Careers include Creative Designer, Brand Designer, Digital Sculptor, Clay Sculptor, UX/UI Designer, Color-Materials-Finishes Designer, Automotive Badging Designer.

Transportation Design Ideation sketches
Transportation design yellow car
Transportation design Lexus interior
Ford Render Transportation Design

Admissions + Curriculum

Admission into the Transportation Design program follows the University’s admission criteria. Portfolios are not required for admission.

For specific Transportation Design program questions contact, the Chair of Art and Design, Philip Plowright, at pplowright@ltu.edu or the Co-Directors of Transportation Design, Peter Davis at pdavis@ltu.edu or Elizabeth Wetzel at ewetzel@ltu.edu

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248.204.2835 or click on the links below.

Total Semester Credit Hours: 124

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
DES 1213

Design Principles

3
DES 1022

Introduction to Design

2
IDD 1813

Drawing & Design Geometry 1

3
MCS 1074

Precalculus

4
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
IDD 1823

Drawing and Design Geometry 2

3
ATD 1223

Clay Surface Development

3
IDD 3723

Industrial Design History

3
DES 1223

Design Methodologies

3
MCS 1254

Geometry in Art

4
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
ATD 2513

Human Factors and Vehicle Packaging

3
ATD 2613

Transportation Design: Foundations

3
ATD 2713

TD VisCom 1

3
ATD 2213

TD 3D Modeling 1

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
DES 2020

Sophomore Portfolio Review

0
ATD 2623

Performance Design: Exteriors

3
ATD 2633

Performance Design: Interiors and UI

3
ATD 2723

TD VisCom 2

3
ATD 2223

TD 3D Modeling 2

3
Total Credit Hours 15

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
ATD 3603

Sustainable Design: Exterior

3
ATD 3613

Sustainable Design: Interior & UI

3
ATD 3713

TD VisCom 3

3
ATD 3213

TD 3D Modeling 3

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
IDD 3523

Professional Practice

3
DES 3623

Multi-disciplinary Design

3
ATD 3723

TD VisCom: Style

3
ATD 3223

TD 3D Modeling: AR-VR

3
Total Credit Hours 15
SUMMER
DES 4530

Internship

0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 2103

Technical and Prof. Communication

3
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ATD 4613

Professional Design Challenge

3
ATD 4213

TD 3D Modeling: Animation

3
ATD 4713

TD VisCom: Punch List

3
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

3
Total Credit Hours 17

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
IDD 4523

Materials and Manufacturing Process

3
ATD 4623

Capstone Design

3
ATD 4223

TD 3D Modeling: Capstone

3
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. Elective

4
Total Credit Hours 16

Advisory Board

Carly Edgemon


Carly Edgemon
Student Relations Coordinator
FCA Design

Mark Trostle


Mark Trostle
Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design at
FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Michael Smith


Michael Smith
Digital Design, Tool Development Manager Ford Design

Helen Emsley


Helen Emsley
Executive Director
Global GMC & Buick Design General Motors Global Design