The Career of an Automotive Designer/Transportation Designer (Mobility)
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The Career of an Automotive Designer/Transportation Designer (Mobility)

The Career of an Automotive Designer/Transportation Designer (Mobility)

An exterior car designer works on the visual identity of vehicles consistent with the brand’s image and trends. They offer aesthetic and functional solutions by integrating economic and industrial constraints.


  1. An automotive designer is responsible for the design of the exterior shape of a car. They define
  2. Proportions
  3. Shapes
  4. Surfaces of different elements that make up the vehicle
  5. The automotive designer works mainly in an integrated design office,
  6. At a car manufacturer
  7. At an automotive supplier
  8. For a design agency
  9. For a service provider

Strate, one of the top design schools in the world, offers a mobility design course that provides students access to this industry.

Transportation Design


The automotive designer “exterior design” intervenes either on the whole vehicle, or on specific equipment and components.

They work in close collaboration with automotive designers “interior” and automotive designer “colours and materials” as well as marketing and product teams, ergonomists, and technical engineers on the design and industrialization of new vehicles.

Known for training in these modules, Strate has collected testimonials from former employees who worked on concept cars during the 2010 Paris Motor Show, where we are present at every edition, as well as at the International Automobile Festival.

Automotive designer salary


To become an automotive designer “exterior design” you must be endowed with an excellent plastic expression (drawings, visuals, 3D modeling, model) and it is necessary to know how to concretize and communicate ideas. A transport designer has a good general culture, artistic and technical, as well as a good understanding of trends and changes in lifestyles.

Thanks to interpersonal skills and open-mindedness, you will be driven by the project culture and teamwork.

3D digital modeler, is also related to the job of automotive designer. The 3D modeler co-designs the shapes of the components of the automobile in close collaboration with the designer. This article was translated from French. You can read the original article here.

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