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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.  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.

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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.

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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, the Chair of Art and Design, Steve Rost, at at srost@ltu.edu.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Jane McBride at jmcbride@ltu.edu, 248.204.2805 or click on the links below.

Total Semester Credit Hours: 128

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
ARC 1012

Art and Design Awareness

2
IDD 1113

Product Design Method 1

3
ATD 1914

Transportation Design Studio 1C

4
MCS 1XX4*

Mathematics 1

4
Total Credit Hours 16
*Math 1 & 2 Sequence Options Based on Placement Scores:
A] MCS 107 4 Pre-calculus followed by MCS 2124 Statistics
B] MCS 1074 Pre-calculus followed by MCS 1224 Survey of Calculus
C] MCS 1074 Pre-calculus followed by MCS 1414 Calculus 1
D] MCS 1224 Survey of Calculus followed by MCS 2124 Statistics
E] MCS 1414 Calcu Ius 1 followed by MCS 2124 Statistics
F] MCS 1414 Calculus 1 followed by MCS 1424 Calculus 2

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 2103

Technical and Prof. Communication

3
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
IDD 1223

Product Design Method 2

3
ATD 1924

Transportation Design Studio 2C

4
MCS 1XX4*

Mathematics 2

4
Total Credit Hours 17

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
ATD 2813

Digital Tech. Surface 1

3
ATD 2816

Transportation Design Studio 3E

6
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

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

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
ATD 2823

Digital Tech. Surface 2

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

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

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

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. lab

1
ATD 2826

Transportation Design Studio 4E

6
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 3000

Writing Proficiency Exam

0
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
ATD 3716

Transportation Design Studio 5l

6
ATD 3616

Integrated Con. Design A

6
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ATD 3723

Transportation History

3
ATD 3726

Transportation Design Studio 6l

6
ATD 3626

Integrated Con. Design B

6
ATD 2832

Practicum

2
Total Credit Hours 17

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ATD 4513

Professional Practice

3
ATD 4414

Rapid Technology

4
ATD 4516

Transportation Design Studio 7T

6
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ATD 4524

Manufacturing Process

4
ATD 4526

Transportation Design Studio 8T

6
ARC/ARI/ART/GAM/IDD/ATD

CoAD elective

3
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
Total Credit Hours 16
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