facebook_pixel

Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design-Classroom Course

After many pending requests from hundreds of students to make our online course available to regular, mentor-led classrooms, we have finally devised a classroom model of our Diploma in Car Design course! Yes, it’s happening finally! Launchpad’s flagship online course, Diploma in Car Design is finally coming offline as ‘Diploma in Car Design – Classroom Course’.

In a short span of time, our Diploma in Car Design – Online course has become a known name among car design enthusiasts. The course has helped hundreds of talented individuals in India and abroad to take the first and the most crucial step of their design career i.e. understanding the concepts of sketching and rendering. People come to us with high hopes to learn how to draw cars and that’s exactly what they get in a span of 3 months. The students will be able to understand the basics of Transportation Design, learn how to observe a car as a designer and apply those concepts to their innovative ideas. They will be able to visualize, sketch and digital render their own concept cars by the end of the course.

Why Are We Introducing A Classroom Course?
Though Launchpad Academy is located in Bangalore, the online learning convenience of our DiCD program has helped hundreds of students all around India and the world. Apart from South Indian cities like Chennai and Hyderabad, we have students pursuing the course from distant parts of North India and even from foreign countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Germany. However, we have a lot of course applicants who feel they can express themselves better in classrooms when they can interact with the mentor face-to-face. There are many students who are interested in Car Design but still unsure about the ways online education works. We would like to help such students by teaching Car Design the way they prefer. However, along with the new Classroom course Launchpad Academy will also retain its Online course which is preferred by the rest of the course applicants living far from Bangalore. In short, we want what our students want!

How Will Be The Classroom Course Different from The Online Course?
Diploma in Car Design-Classroom course will be different from its predecessor Online course in the following ways.
• All the 10 sessions will be conducted in a well-equipped classroom
• Students can interact with the mentors face-to-face
• Hands-On training
• Instant feedback and individual attention
• Students get to interact with each other and share their ideas, face-to-face
• Even after the class, students can make use of the classroom for practice and discussions

Course Objectives
Diploma in Car Design – Classroom Course is aimed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Car Design through mentor-led classroom sessions, intuitive assignments and other hands-on experiences. By the end of the three month course, a student will be well versed with the fundamentals of Transportation Design, with special emphasis on Cars. Student will be able to sketch and digital render their own concept cars, prepare their Design Portfolio and gain the skills and confidence to apply for reputed Design Schools or get Internships in Design Studios.

Course Structure
• 3 Months Course
• 10 Classroom Sessions, each of 3-hour duration
• Assignments at the end of each session
• Final Project at the end of the course
• Hands-On sessions for better understanding of Sketching and Rendering concepts
• Design Kit for regular practice and participation in Hands-On sessions

Course Highlights
• First of its type in India
• Faculty comprising of industry experts, alumni from NID, IIT and IISc
• Hands-On Training
• No age restrictions, open to both students and professionals
• No prerequisite educational background required
• Design Kit comprising of imported markers and pencils
• Introduction to Photoshop and Alias
• Industry certified Course Completion Certificate
• Payment can be made in two installments
• Internship opportunities after the completion of the course

Course Content
Class 1: Introduction to Car Design
• Overview of Transportation / Automobile Design
• What is Car Design?
• Historical perspective on Car Design
• What do Car Designers do?
• Some important Car designers & Case Histories
• Trends in Car Design
• Design process
• Automotive Design- Body Styles, Layout, Proportions and Themes
Class 2: Design Communication
• Introduction to sketching as communicating tool
• Sketches Classification- Ideation Sketches, Exploratory Sketches, Explanatory Sketches and
Persuasive sketches
• Sketching Basics
1. Learning to sketch straight lines
2. Learning to sketch circles and ellipses
• Sketching Exercises to train your arms and hands to acquire consistency in your line work
Class 3: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Applying Sketching Techniques- Lines, Circles and Ellipses
• Introduction to Perspective Theory
• 1-Point Perspective Sketching
• Geometry- Cubes, Cylinders and Spheres
Class 4: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• 2-Point Perspective Sketching
• Sketching geometry shapes in 2 Point Perspective
Class 5: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 3
• Building Blocks to Car Sketching
• Sketching a Block Car
• Using Primitive Shapes to build a car in Perspective
• Understanding the basic Form and Proportions of a Car Sketch
Class 6: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 4
• Understanding Light & Shadow- Highlights, Reflections, Cast, Core and Shadow
• Wheel Sketching
Class 7: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Using block car techniques to sketch
1. Side-view of a Car
2. Front and Rear view of a Car
3. 3/4 Front and Rear view of a Car
Class 8: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• Freehand Sketching a car using 1-Point Perspective and 2-Point Perspective
Class 9: Sketch Rendering Fundamentals
• Approach Rendering with proper methodologies for execution
• Understanding how to Render Reflective surfaces
• Understanding Contrast, Highlights, and Color
• Rendering Exercise 1- Pencil/Pen shading
• Rendering Exercise 2- Marker Rendering
Class 10: Concept Sketching and Digital Rendering
• Concept Sketching Cars
• Rendering Exercise 3- Using Digital Methods to render the Concept Sketches

Classroom Location
launchpad Design Studio, Indranagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka-560079

Additional Course Details
Call / Whatsapp: +91 7337807454
Mail: info@launchpadacademy.in

 

Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!

From Launchpad to NID – Gautam Merwan

Gautam Merwan is a talented young fellow from Chennai and a dear student of Launchpad Academy. A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Gautam always wanted to be a designer and study in a reputed design school like National Institute of Design (NID).  A guy who looks up to Tesla’s Elon Musk more than anybody, Merwan started his design ventures in his engineering days with his innovative ‘The Wash Bike/WIKE’ concept which is a cycle cum washing machine! A guy with many innovative ideas, Gautam shares his NID success story with us and remembers how Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course help him achieve his dream of getting into NID. Read on!

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Congrats Gautam! How does it feel to get into NID?
It feels great! My phone is ringing restlessly as everyone I know is calling or texting me to congratulate on my success! Last year my performance was utterly horrible, especially the Studio Test. This is my second attempt and a lot of things have changed over a year, if not hugely, significant at least. I am very happy about it.

So how was the whole NID experience?
The NID admission process in particular, is always a treat! Starting from their Design Aptitude Test which is round 1, all the way to their Studio Test and Interview which is round 2, the entire process is so awesome. Just the experience of going through their tests and having them pick your brains for what creative mess you’re really made of is really rewarding. So whether you get in or not, you definitely gain something to hold on to for life!

How were the Studio Test and Interview?
The questions were just so cool! It’s unlike anything that you see in CEED or any IIT entrance exams. Last year, the first question I was asked in the interview was ‘Which was the latest movie that you saw’! What’s more good about NID is that people they really read students and remember us. They immediately recognized me from my last year’s interview and asked what I was up to the entire year. They don’t care about your marks nor your strokes on pieces of paper, but the person and the vision behind those. They are really cool and friendly people, in the interview hall.

What kind of questions are asked in the Studio Test of NID?
There are many rounds and levels.
1. The first round is a pretty simple and straight forward task, a Live Sketching round. I was given a Porsche Cayenne SUV and was asked to draw two particular views (Front and Rear ¾ views) and a view of our choice. They provide you 30 minutes, a huge A2 paper and a ball point pen.
2. Then we were seated back inside the hall and given a booklet with our next set of questions. There were a few general questions like identification of certain cars from their pictures and noting their special features. We were also given a blank front view outline which we were supposed to complete using our imaginative skills.
3. There was also a task where we were supposed to make a model with the materials given to us of a modular seating/sleeper compartment for either a train or sleeper bus.

Gautam's Sketches

Gautam’s Sketches

How did Launchpad help you in all of this?
I am person who was always against coaching centers who promise to help you with your design skills but only end up making Design into an Engineering styled rat race. As I told, my first attempt was an utter disaster. Right from holding the pen in the right manner and drawing a straight line to sketching cars, I learnt all of it after I joined Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course. I first attended their Car Design workshop in Chennai and the people of Launchpad seemed assuring and reliable the very day I met them. I took up their DiCD program online and the rest is history!

 
Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!

From Launchpad To NID – Shyam Prasad

Shyam Prasad is a 23 year old mechanical engineering graduate living in Gadag, Karnataka. A design enthusiast driven by automobiles, getting into a reputed design school like NID or IDC was Shyam’s dream of many years. Shyam successfully cleared the written exam and studio tests of NID and will be pursuing his M.Des degree in Transportation and Automobile Design. He spoke to Launchpad on this joyous occasion and remembered how our Diploma in Car Design course helped him in his success and shared all the details about NID’s studio tests and other selection procedures. Read on!

Congrats Shyam! How does it feel to get into NID?
Thank you and I’m on Cloud 9 right now! It feels great. In fact this is my second attempt. Though I made it to the 5th waitlist, I was unable to clear NID’s tough entrance exams for the first time. However, I didn’t give up my hope on becoming an automobile designer. Every decimal counts in NID’s entrance score. I missed it by a mere 0.70 the first time and I’m glad I cleared it this time!

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

Can you tell us more about the NID exam pattern this year?
I’ll give you a comparison rather. When I appeared for the exam for the first time, the test had about 7-10 descriptive questions and the total awarded marks was 50. But this time, the emphasis was more on creative-sketching rather than descriptive and the total marks was doubled to 100 as well, this year. The paper pattern is totally unpredictable to be honest.

Can you briefly tell us about the Studio Test following the exam?
The Studio Test wasn’t just a test, it was a whole new experience! After clearing the first round, we were asked to attend the second round at their campuses, respective of the streams we chose. I gave the entrance exam in Bangalore and the Studio Test was in Gandhinagar. The Studio Test goes on for a minimum of 2 days and can go on up to 5 days. We were offered free hostel stay during the Studio Test and the fact I was in NID campus made me reduce my stress levels and face the tests more confidently.

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

What kind of questions are asked in the Studio Test of NID?
The studio test can be shortlisted to three stages.
1. We were asked to pen down three views of the scale models of the cars.
2. With a few craft items, we were given a task to complete.
3. The Interview.
Last time, we were made to sit in front of a JCB and asked to sketch three views of the JCB. The studio test, as I told earlier is a whole new experience! It is totally unpredictable, how they decide to test you. But it was a lot of fun!

How was the Personal Interview?
The interview was very cool and casual. Generally we expect interviews to be stress filled, but interviewers here go really easy on us. But they will definitely get the information they need out of us. Keeping our calm is the only preparation needed for the interview. We must know what we are talking about rather assuming or bluffing. One doesn’t need any coaching to face interviews and learn how to behave; we just have to be ourselves. And yes, we need to carry a portfolio to present the panel. In fact, carry everything and anything which shows the creative part of ourselves. Nothing is too much. The panel patiently goes through all the sketches or items that we present.

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

How did Launchpad help you in all of this?
I was very disappointed when I couldn’t crack the tests for the first time. I felt it was because I didn’t put enough efforts. But it was just that I had no idea of many aspects of the car design though I wanted to pursue Transportation Design as a career. I just looked at car sketches and copied them down. But after I joined Launchpad, I got to know about perspectives, ratios and many other technical terms of car design. It totally redefined sketching for me. I think that sums up how important Launchpad was for me to get into NID!

 

Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!

Car Design Student Project – Jonathan Kasumba

Jonathan Kasumba is one of the most treasured students of Launchpad Academy. A 33 year old Industrial Designer living in Uganda, Jonathan impressed us the very first day he approached us with his simplicity and desire to learn. Despite having cultural differences and having years of work experience in the design industry, Jonathan was firm about joining Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course to learn more about the design philosophy followed here in India.

‘The course enabled me to understand manual rendering techniques and new ideation methodologies the most. Sathiyaseelan sir’s experience is instantly reflected in his teaching and I just can’t get over his side view workflow’ says Jonathan about our Diploma in Car Design course. You can read more about Jonathan, his passion for car design and his future plans as a designer in one of our previous articles featured on him.

Jonathan was an active student of Batch 4 of our Diploma in Car Design course and recently we received his final project after the completion of the course. Like Siva Shanker and Royce De Souza, Jonathan too left us spellbound with his innovative concept car for urban transportation (task for the final project). But what sets apart Jonathan from the rest of our students is that he is not an Indian, yet he successfully designed a 3-wheeled futuristic car for easier transportation for crowded, chaotic and polluted Indian cities. And what’s more impressive is  the way Jonathan designed his presentation; clearly explaining every phase of the design process, from drawing inspiration to rendering the finalized concept to everything that comes in between.

Jonathan names his project ‘Reflex’ and takes an innovative approach for presentation by creating a storyboard of his own. He briefly explains the chaotic situation that Indian commuters face with the unwanted traffic, lack of wider roads and pollution. And then, he takes Jay, a fictional Graphic Designer living in a busy Indian city as the character of the presentation and explains what can ‘Reflex’ do and why ‘Reflex’ is needed in the first place.

The Situation

The Situation

Jay, the Character

Jay, the Character

Jonathan shows instances of bio-mimicry and cites how nature’s design evolution serves as an inspiration to design his three-wheeled, single-seater car. Jonathan also uses up-to date technologies of the recent times to develop the design language and uses loud and expressive colors for representation.

Bio-Mimicry

Bio-Mimicry

Modern Technologies

Modern Technologies

Jonathan uses traditional Indian 3-wheeled vehicles like Cycle and Auto Rickshaws as sources of inspiration and also few of the existing concept 3-wheeled vehicles which address the need of flexibility and quick mobility.

Urban Transportation

Urban Transportation

Jonathan plans to use a tricycle layout to design his ‘All-Wheel Drive’ car that has electric motors In-Wheel. The electric motors are powered by a Li-Ion Battery Bank and he relies on 3D printing for easy prototyping and manufacture.

Design Objectives

Design Objectives

He then beautifully blends all of the inspiration and styling influences and explores various designs until the final sketch is realized.

Design Explorations

Design Explorations

Design Development

Design Development

Finalized Sketch

Finalized Sketch

He further renders them in bright red and includes all the perspectives i.e. Side View, ¾ Front View and ¾ Rear View for better visual representation.

Side View

Side View

Front View

Front View

Rear View

Rear View

Here’s the entire project in slides!

Launchpad Academy aims to help car design enthusiasts irrespective of their age and educational background by giving them the right training and platform to design cars. We hope to see more and more talented and creative designers like Jonathan Kasumba in our Academy and see them reach great heights in the design world. All the best Jonathan, for all your future design ventures and dreams! Launchpad is proud of you!

 

Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!

Car Design Student Project – Royce De Souza

Royce De Souza is one of those bright design students whom Launchpad Academy will treasure for a long time to come. Royce completed his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) from Goa College of Fine Art, specializing in Illustration. Currently working as a Visual Designer in an IT firm, 24 year old Royce plans to pursue his career in transportation design and is hoping to get into one of the top design schools in India. ‘It’s actually a childhood thing/wish. I have been crazy for cars from the very first time I saw them. So all I drew was cars and nothing else than cars!’ says Royce about his passion for cars and car design.

Royce De Souza belonged to Batch 2 of our Diploma in Car Design course. ‘I got to know about Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course through a friend from Facebook. After talking to one of their student coordinators and clearing my doubts regarding the course, I was eagerly hoping to join. The course helped me to a great extent and more importantly, gave me a platform to showcase and improvise my works’ says Royce. Speaking about Sathiya Sir, Royce goes like this ‘I learnt many things about transportation design from Sathiya Sir. He explained car design and sketching concepts to students in a very convincing manner and made sure we are on the same page as him. Also, he is a very patient teacher’

As a part of his final project and assignments, Royce designed an urban vehicle that combines the benefits of a 2-wheeler as well as a 4-wheeler. According to Royce, Indian city roads are crowded, chaotic, dusty and polluted. While 2-wheelers offer the benefit of squeezing through tough traffic and reaching the destination faster, 4-wheelers come with great comfort and seating space. However, 2-wheelers are unsafe and uneasy to drive, and at the same time, 4-wheelers are unnecessarily big for a single passenger, that occupy a large amount of the road causing traffic. So the challenge was to create an urban vehicle that can combine the good features of a 2-wheeler and a 4-wheeler. And we think Royce has done as excellent job on the challenge he was given. See for yourself and be ready to be blown away!

Concept

Concept

As shown in the above image, Royce recognized the good features of a 2-wheeler such as agility, small footprint, quick getaway and also the perks of a 4-wheeler such as comfort, safety and luggage space. Royce’s concept city car is a beautiful blend of both these features offering additional features like 360 degree turning, dual riding positions and airbags for safety.

Components

Components

The concept car runs on fuel like every other car that we see today and has a powertrain to rotate the 360 degree turning wheels. It has seat lifts, sliding doors and footsteps that open automatically for easy accessibility. Below the handle bar, Royce has ensured that there is enough foot space for operation and also place for tool kit and luggage. The handle bars are adjustable for ease of operation, and airbags, seat belts and automatic breaking systems (ABS) are included for safety.

Front and Rear Views

Front and Rear Views

Handling

Handling

The car also offers great handling capabilities, owing to its 360 degree turning wheels feature.

Launchpad Academy aims to help car design enthusiasts irrespective of their age and educational background by giving them the right training and platform to design cars. We hope to see more and more talented and creative designers like Royce De Souza in our Academy and see them reach great heights in the design world. All the best Royce, for all your future design ventures and dreams! Launchpad is proud of you!

 

Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!