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On successful completion of the second, practical, part of the course the student should have acquired skills specific to automotive design


    Automotive Design


Responsible lecturer:

    Prof. Ir. M.B. van Dijk


    J.J. Eissen

    E.D. van Grondelle MBA

    C.M. Kornmann


    This course is essential, and therefore mandatory, for students who attend the Master Variant Automotive. However, the course covers an autonomous area of the field and may be taken as a general elective as well.

Students should preferably have passed:

    ? Vision in Product Design (ID5161)

    ? Automobile Vehicles (wb3400)

    ? Construction Studies 3 (IDE340/ID3411)

    ? Design Techniques (ID5261)

    In case of overbooking, students of the Master Variant Automotive have preference.

Course objectives

    On successful completion of the first, mainly theoretical, part of the course the student will have an understanding of a range of aspects that concerns automotive design, such as the history of car development and design, automotive engineering, vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and future cultural, social and technological developments. During this theoretical part of the course, the student will also become familiar with the effects that these areas have on the expression of the automotive concept and will develop the skills required to visualize them.

    On successful completion of the second, practical, part of the course the student should have acquired skills specific to automotive design. The student should be able to translate a formulated product vision into new, appropriate and coherent automotive concepts and designs. The design should be of high quality, distinctly 'automotive', and developed and presented in 2D and 3D, preferably with CAID tools. The use of product vision as a key element in the design process is in accordance with the ViP Research Project (ID5161).


    Due to relatively long life cycles in the automotive industry, a long term vision on how the car should be experienced in the future by its user and how it fulfills its reason of existence, is essential. A vision that looks further than merely the next generation of vehicles. This vision has to be founded in cultural and social developments, as well as on technological developments. Formulating a long-term vision creates a desired automotive character, which will act as a guiding principle for 1) the visual theme, 2) new technological principles and 3) the package of the vehicle. These three research topics are the starting points for exterior and interior concepts.

    To translate the concepts into appropriate automotive designs the history of automotive form and design, automotive technology and branding strategies provide a lexicon, which can influence new design proposals. Insight in main issues as for example active safety, like under- and over-steer, and aerodynamics are also necessary for the development of new automotive concepts.

Teaching method

    For the first quarter of the course the mornings consist of lectures on a vast range of topics. During this period, in the afternoons, automotive presentation skills are being developed and students work on their assignments. In the second quarter of the course students are expected to fulfill a design

    project in which they prove their ability to apply and combine the acquired knowledge into a comprehensive automotive product.

    In some of the lectures external automotive experts are involved.

    Maximum group size: 20 students.


    Students are asked to fulfill a minor automotive analysis assignment at the first half end of the course. During the second half they are required to fulfill an automotive design project as their major assignment. The assessment will relate, among other things, to the way in which theoretical knowledge is applied in the final automotive design concept.

Course material

    Reader: Automotive Design, E.D. van Grondelle, M.B. van Dijk, 2006.


    E.D. van Grondelle MBA

    Room 10-2B-07, phone +31 (0)15 27 89488.


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