We help Aspiring Automotive Designers and Design Professionals master the technologies and techniques necessary their advance their career through live, one-on-one and small-group online training with the best design instructors in the world.
Our 12 Week Automotive Design Intensive online training combines core essential sketching skills with the latest professional tools and techniques in AI, rapid 3D and visualization, and guide you toward integrating them into your workflow.
Technology is fundamentally changing the skills necessary to succeed in professional automotive design. Our online training built on the tools and techniques of the 21st century design process:
Live, Personal Online Training: Our Foundation
Our foundation is grounded in live, personal interaction and small group community feedback. You'll receive expert coaching from successful, world class automotive designers and focus on the professional skills you need to succeed in this hyper-competitive field.
Bluescape, our virtual classroom offers a rich, engaging, online learning experience similar to that of a real classroom environment. For those enrolled in our Gravity Sketch VR training, we offer an even more immersive VR-based learning environment.
How It Works
Our 12 Week Intensive courses are hosted in small groups of up to 10 students, from all over the world. Small groups include students from all skill levels and experience working together, where they can learn from each other and exchange ideas. Each week you'll participate in a live demo, a weekly live group review and weekly office hours where you can schedule one-on-one sessions with the instructor. You'll receive CarDesign.Academy Certification.
All of our sketching courses are taught in a rich, interactive learning space.
This is where we conduct our Gravity Sketch Certified 3D modeling courses.
Giuseppe F is an experienced professional automotive designer, who successfully pivoted his career following a layoff from a failed EV startup during the pandemic. After taking our Gravity Sketch online training, he landed a position at GM as lead digital sculptor, and was later promoted to lead the design team focused on leveraging the latest VR/AR/XR technologies to get products to market faster.
Mathew W landed a professional digital sculpting position at Ford Motor Company in their automotive design studio, after taking our Gravity Sketch online training. As an aspiring clay modeler, he shifted to digital modeling during the pandemic as design teams transitioned to remote work. Mat uses Gravity Sketch in his day to day work at Ford.
“I had a great instructor. He enabled me to work hard and get out of the program what I put in. The one on one sessions are enlightening and individually catered to each student”
Vincent P received a full scholarship at College for Creative Studies, a leading private fine arts college specialized in automotive design, after taking our professional online training in high school. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree, debt free.
"CarDesign.Academy has consistently provided a high level of mentorship and education for its students. I worked with my instructor to develop my skillset and form a deeper understanding of design, beyond aesthetics, in a style which suited me best. Working with CarDesign.Academy played a large part in my development as a designer, and my acceptance into college with a very generous scholarship."
Brett P is a highly experienced car design consultant on the forefront of the latest AI, VR/AR and rapid 3D design methodology. In addition to stints at Geely and Opel, Brett co-founded the leading car design blog. He came to CarDesign.Academy to get certified in our Gravity Sketch online training.
" The Gravity Sketch VR Intensive course was a great experience, with the Collab working space providing a surprisingly normal and very effective automotive design studio environment for our student group to meet, review our work and brainstorm together. Eric's teaching is professional, top-level and fast-paced. As an experienced designer with a thorough understanding of vehicle architectures and design processes, he focuses not only on how to use all the features of Gravity Sketch but also on how it can effectively address your design problems and integrate into your overall design process."
Leon K is an experienced architect and conceptual artist who is pushing the boundaries of VR, AR and AI to design vehicles in the Metaverse. He developed his Mobius autonomous luxury concept in our Gravity Sketch online training, where he was able to envision a spacious, immersive interior space and a yacht-like experience.
“I think the strength of CDA is definitely the 1:1 sessions. Another strength is that we were able to learn directly in VR, in the Collaboration room with multiple participants. That was also a really nice and fantastic experience. Really enjoyed it! Another strength is that we were able to gain knowledge from real automotive design industry professionals who have worked in leading car brands”.
Andrej S is an experienced automotive design consultant based in Paris, who is constantly striving to learn the latest tools and technologies in VR/AR, visualization and AI.
“Unlike other online training platforms, CARDESIGN.ACADEMY stands out for personalized and live approach to each member. There are plenty of resources online on how to sketch & 3D model. But CARDESIGN.ACADEMY is special for its direct interaction with tutors and exchange with other members during weekly reviews.
You can see your project from another perspective, get a different point of view. This feedback is really important, especially if you are stuck at some point in your project. A small group under 10 people is enabled to have live conversations and direct feedback.
I find intensives are quite close to the professional design development process by its structure, deadlines, reviews with colleagues, and your constant growth in such a collaborative environment. All in all, It is a super exciting experience, not only from a design perspective but also for the creative environment and private community.”
Mike H is an experienced product designer at a leading consultancy. He wanted to level up his skills while drawing upon his longtime passion for automotive design.
“The tools and techniques that I've learned in the 10-week intensives have been wildly helpful for my professional career at a consultancy. This online training has been a great opportunity to receive the coaching, encouragement and growth that comes from school without having to uproot my life and go back to college. For those who want to push themselves to learn new technologies and techniques as well as practice the skill of design and creativity, this is a great experience.”
Dominik G is an aspiring automotive designer who developed strong 3D modeling capabilities through online self-study. After months of consuming video content, our intensive online training program gave him the professional mentoring he needed to really hone his skills. He landed a job as a digital sculptor at Volvo and has since landed a new position at Geely.
“CarDesign.Academy helped me to develop and hone my drawing skills, which allowed me to improve the quality of my models. Through our 1:1 sessions in Gravity Sketch, my instructor really helped me understand how to construct beautiful surfaces with good geometry.”
Mazher U landed a professional design role at Monarch, a CA based startup developing electric and autonomous vehicles for sustainable agriculture.
“CarDesign.Academy was truly an enriching experience, as I was able to pick up on a new set of skills and introduce myself to a completely reimagined design process. Our instructor masterfully crafted his weekly demonstrations in 2.5-hour long live sessions where he showed techniques in Gravity Sketch, Fusion 360, Keyshot, Photoshop, and Sketchbook Pro. Upon completion of this online training, I’ve become more confident in my quest for developing a unique automotive design process and visual communication techniques.”