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Automotive and Transport Design MDes/BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ADU188

Study options:

3 years BA (Hons), 4 years MDes or BA (Hons) with industry enhancement year

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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Overview

For all those kids who grew up dreaming of designing cars! A degree in Automotive Design can teach you to create the vehicles of the future.

Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry University is responsible for producing senior design professionals all over the world. As well as cars, it offers the opportunity to design transport for all applications.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Coventry University’s amazing reputation in the automotive industry attracted me to the course. The course gave me the opportunity to evolve and grow into the designer I am today.

Nicole Agba - Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)

Course information

We cover the broadest spectrum of transport design examining issues of autonomy, sustainability, ergonomics and the user experience in relation to exterior and interior design, surface and colour applications, lifestyle and future design solutions. We offer you access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a wind tunnel, robotic milling, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, 3D printing and excellent clay modelling facilities.

This exciting course is designed to give you the skills and expertise to produce innovative and visionary designs for every form of transport imaginable. This includes cars, motorbikes, boats, luxury yachts, construction vehicles and vehicle interiors, as well as emerging areas such as electric vehicles and personal mobility devices.

86%

of our BA students agree that staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first year you will learn 2D design skills and be introduced to 3D techniques, the theory and analysis skills needed to underpin design work plus an understanding of packaging and ergonomic requirements for successful design solutions. This year acts as a diagnostic of your aptitudes and interests.

Modules

  • Automotive and Transport Design Studies A

  • Clay Form Exploration

  • Vehicle Architecture, Materials and Manufacturing

  • Automotive and Transport Model Making 1

  • Automotive and Transport Design Studies B

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year you will develop your design process, modelling, and presentation skills, learn how to evaluate your work, and develop your knowledge of ergonomics and engineering in individual and group activity.

Modules

  • Marketing, Branding and Design Research

  • 3D Form Development and Model Making 2

  • Vehicle Architecture and Manufacturing

  • Automotive and Transport Design Studies 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The 'Professional Enhancement Year', the third year of the four-year degree, involves entry to a national or international competition, and involvement in collaborative projects with industry. There are opportunities to secure placements in the industry, with which the Coventry Automotive and Transport Course has close connections. Work placements can strongly enhance your experience and skills whilst improving your network of industry contacts.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

The final year of your BA (Hons) degree (this may be your 3rd or 4th year) may include entry to a national design competition.

Modules

  • Design Investigation

  • Design Research

  • Design Management and Enterprise

  • Research for Design and Reflective Practice

  • BA Final Project (Concept Development)

  • MDes Automotive and Transport Design Final Project (Concept Development)

  • BA Final Major Project (Design Delivery)

  • MDes Automotive and Transport (Design Delivery)

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The final year for the MDes qualification (4th year) includes research and design management modules.

Modules

  • Portfolio Building

  • Automotive and Transport Design Model Making 3

  • Design Competitions

  • Industries Project

12th

Our Design and Crafts courses are ranked 12th by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Working on collaborative projects.
  • A teaching team that includes design professionals with many years of experience in the automotive and transport design business.
  • Strong associations with the industry offering placement opportunities and potential employment prospects for successful students.
  • Opportunity to apply for an international placement or study abroad option. Programmes include ‘Study China, Marco Polo and many more.

This course offers the options of a three-year BA (Hons) degree or four year MDes or BA (Hons) degree that includes the third year ‘Professional Enhancement’.

Both BA (Hons) and MDes qualifications conclude with a major design project. At the end of their degree students are expected to exhibit in our prestigious Degree Show.

You will study in a base studio with your year-group colleagues, which is where you will learn through design exploration, discussion, sketching and making. There will also be a series of lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Students will work on collaborative projects with industrial partners whilst based in the University. Recent student collaborative projects were carried out with: Bentley Motors, GM North America, MG/SAIC, Ricardo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bowler, Land Rover, and the Formula Student racing car and Eco-marathon car (in collaboration with CU Motorsport Engineering).

 An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical or project work 45%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 20%
  • Group work 10%
  • Presentations, posters 15%
  • Placements 10%

 

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

45% assessed by practical or project work

In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small-group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week
  • Medium-group teaching: 4 hours of medium-group lectures and seminars each week
  • Large-group teaching: 10 hours of lectures and supported studio practice each week

In addition, you will be expected to spend 20 hours of studying and practical work in your own time each week.

During the ‘Professional Enhancement Year’ of the four-year Automotive and Transport Design course, opportunities are available for students to study abroad. There are also opportunities for shorter periods abroad available for students on three year courses.

The course has direct links with universities in China, India, the USA, and Colombia. Opportunities occur for all students to participate in international trips and exchanges. Last year, our first year Automotive and Transport students travelled to Germany to visit Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes Museums.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Coventry University’s amazing reputation in the automotive industry attracted me to the course. The course gave me the opportunity to evolve and grow into the designer I am today.

Nicole Agba - Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ADU188
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject
DDM in an Art or Design subject
27 to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Coventry University’s amazing reputation in the automotive industry attracted me to the course. The course gave me the opportunity to evolve and grow into the designer I am today.

Nicole Agba - Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser prints, the fees for this course also includes;

  • Specified core reading material
  • any mandatory UK residential field trips
  • any mandatory UK site visits and trips
  • tuition fee waiver for study abroad year.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees;

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £350+ per trip
  • any additional design materials: £50+ per year

What our students say...

Coventry University’s amazing reputation in the automotive industry attracted me to the course. The course gave me the opportunity to evolve and grow into the designer I am today.

Nicole Agba - Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)

Career prospects

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities' own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

95%

of our BA graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course now occupy leading positions in the automotive and transport industry in the UK and worldwide, as design consultants, modelers, illustrators, CAD professionals, managers, marketing professionals, or entrepreneurs/business owners. This course has a strong record of employment success.

£25k

Our BA graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Coventry University’s amazing reputation in the automotive industry attracted me to the course. The course gave me the opportunity to evolve and grow into the designer I am today.

Nicole Agba - Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.