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An Automotive Designer will design cars and make them visually desirable as well as efficient, aerodynamic and commercially viable, they will be responsible for the exterior styling and overall aesthetic look.  They will use their artistic and creative flair to draft layouts of components and will work with the engineers to make sure their designs are viable.  The designers main job is to create a general theme for an ongoing design portfolio in line with the manufacturers 'corporate look'.

Entry Requirements

To become an Automotive Designer you will usually require a Higher national diploma or degree in one of the following:

  • Automotive and Transport Design
  • Design engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical with Automotive Engineering

You will usually need:

  • between 1 and 3 A levels or equivalent for a higher national diploma or degree including art or design for a transport design course

An A level in a second language would be a huge advantage after graduation and may open up further opportunities when joining a company training scheme.

Career Path and Progression

This is a career where it is possible for talented designers to progress very quickly.  A candidate who is able to express themselves will be able to approach manufacturers and can attract high salaries.

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Team management environmental design
  • Graphic design field
  • Teaching/ lecturing 

Required Skills

  • The ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Able to be creative under pressure and work quickly
  • High level on competence with computer aided design
  • Confident in delivering presentations
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creative
  • Able to work effectively in a team
  • A strong interest in design and vehicle engineering

Salary Range

£23,000 to £50,000

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