Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design

Design Scholarship Competition

If you are interested in learning how to design automobiles or other modes of transportation, Lawrence Technological University is the place to pursue your goal.



The Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design program offers motivated, talented, and skilled students the opportunity to excel in one of today’s most challenging and competitive fields.

Program Overview

Located in the heart of the American automobile industry, Lawrence Tech was founded in 1932 on the site where Henry Ford made automotive history by perfecting the moving assembly line. Looking to the future, and with industry support, Lawrence Tech has created a unique transportation design program that allows you to blend your creative design talent with a comprehensive understanding of automotive technology. This union of design and technology offers you the kind of experience that automotive design graduates from other programs can take years to acquire on the job. It can give you the edge in competing for top-level design positions.

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 extensive exposure to practicing designers and engineers. You will participate in real-world automotive-based projects and will regularly present your designs to industry professionals. You will acquire more practical experience through an internship and practicum before graduation.


Why Transportation Design at Lawrence Tech?

  • bs-trans-design3.jpg100 percent of students win internships in the industry.
  • You will participate in company- sponsored projects in all four years
  • All students are given a personal work space in dedicated design studios
  • Top student designs are displayed at the North American International Auto Show.
  • Students have won multiple awards, including:
    • 1st place, Ford Symposium Design Competition, 2010
    • 1st place, Formula Zero design competition, 2008
    • 2nd and 3rd place, SABIC Innovative Plastics Car Design Contest, 2008






Your 127-credit-hour program consists of:

Transportation design core

(with emphasis on leadership)
Math and Science 16
Electives 6
Total 127


Get Started

For more information, email design@ltu. edu, or contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or



Application Process

All items should be sent to the Office of Admissions except Portfolio and Program Questionnaire.

application process 1 Undergraduate Online Application (preferred method), Undergraduate Paper Application. Send to Office of Admissions.
 application process 2 Signature Page Application. Send to Office of Admissions.
 application process 3 Request previous school transcript to be sent to Lawrence Tech. 
Send to: Office of Admissions 
               21000 West Ten Mile Road
               Southfield, MI 48075
 application process 4 Send ACT/SAT to Admissions Office.
 application process 5 Design Portfolio Design portfolio should include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 pieces. An acceptable portfolio is one that exhibits proficient drawing and conceptual skills. It can include a variety of art media and/or design projects that demonstrate observational sketching/drawing capabilities that convey artistic development proficiency. Some pieces should be complete compositions of various themes and include still life, figurative drawing, perspective, and feature objects found in everyday life – while other illustrations can be simple sketch studies. The resolution of included images should be low resolution, such as VGA setting on digital camera. Please send portfolio or any questions regarding the program or portfolio to and follow-up with a separate email to confirm receipt of the previous email with attachments.  

The format for the portfolio submission is to be:
a.)    Low resolution (VGA setting on digital camera)
b.)    Images should be compiled into one file (for example, place one image per slide in a Powerpoint file)
c.)    Save the filename with the student’s named.
d.)    Send portfolio electronically to

View a Portfolio Example
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International Students Only

 application process 6 WES. Send to Office of Admissions.
application process 7 TOFEL. Send to Office of Admissions.

 application process 8 Obtaining your I-20.


For specific Transportation Design Program questions, contact or Keith Nagara at 248.204.2836.
For general University questions contact Admissions at or 248.204.3160.



Transportation Design Student Portfolios

2014 3rd Year Students: Seeking Internships 

2013 Graduating Students : Seeking Employment 

2012 Graduate Student Portfolios   

2011 Graduate Student Portfolios  


Inquiries regarding any students, contact Keith Nagara at 248.204.2836 or


Summer Camps

Lawrence Technological University is excited to be providing a scholarship to their Transportation (Automotive) Design Camp and Industrial (Product) Design Camp.  Students interested interested in the camp can submit their artwork and/or portfolio to qualify.  Travel expenses is not part of the summer camp scholarship.

Industrial Design, Week 1 (July 18-22)  
9 a.m.–5 p.m.  
Industrial designers create the manufactured products we use every day: furniture, appliances, bikes, cars, tools, farm equipment, medical instruments, electronics, and much more. In this camp, you’ll learn how they develop these products. You’ll create a problem statement, research customer information, benchmark, and sketch ideas. You’ll be introduced to the computer-aided design (CAD) program CATIA to further explore your design and have the opportunity to apply technology to create of a novel product design. Attendance of this camp is required in order to participate in Industrial Design Camp.  cuadro3.PNG 
Industrial Design, Week 2 (July 25-29)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.  
In the second week of the Industrial Design Camp, you’ll refine the design you created in your first week into a 3D CAD model, which, if ready, can be printed on a 3D printer. You’ll also develop an illustration board or slides for your final presentation, just like the professionals in the field do. Participation in Industrial Design Camp, Week 1, is required to attend this camp.  cuadro1.PNG
Transportation Design, Week 1 (July 18-22)  
9 a.m.–5 p.m. ($650 day camp/$800 residential)
Do you have a talent for drawing and a passion for styling cars? In this camp, you’ll learn about the design and development of concept cars, create ideation sketches, experiment with scale modeling, and get exposure to digital formats. You’ll also see professional demonstrations and receive individual evaluations of your work. Homework assignments will be given each afternoon and reviewed the following morning. It is highly recommended that you attend this camp before participating in Transportation Design Camp, Week 2.  cuadro3.PNG
Transportation Design, Week 2 (July 25-29)  
9 a.m.–5 p.m.  
In the second week of the Transportation Design Camp, you’ll work with clay to create a physical model of the vehicle you designed in the first week of camp. During the process, you’ll become familiar with the tools and techniques used by professional designers. You’ll also be exposed to digital media. Participation in the Transportation Design Camp, Week 1, is not required to attend this camp, but it is highly recommended.  cuadro4.PNG

Register by Sunday, June 5, 2016

 Winners to be announced at a later date.