If you’ve ever wanted to design a vehicle, the Petersen Museum and Yellowbrick are about to make that dream one small step closer to reality. The two have teamed up to offer a new and completely free online course called Auto Design and Sketching. It’s launched this week and allows anyone to learn from some design giants in the automotive world.
This isn’t a course designed specifically for kids either. It’s a deep dive into complex design topics. Over the course of the next few months, a total of three courses will come online. They include Design Principles and History, Famous Case Studies, and Let’s Draw, which will require students to have drawing materials.
Many will feature famous automotive designers. That includes Franz von Holzhausen (Chief Designer, Tesla Motors), Ralph Gilles (Chief Design Officer, Stellantis), Christine Feuell (Brand CEO, Chrysler), Francesc Arenas (Design Director, Hispano Suiza), and Roman Yneges (Faculty, Art Center College of Design), among others.
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“We designed this course to simplify and illuminate a path to a career in automotive design,” said Justin Wolske, director, of partnerships & strategic initiatives for Yellowbrick. “High-level training in this field isn’t always easily accessible, but we’ve removed some of those barriers by offering the program at no cost and involving an esteemed lineup of contributors.”
Getting started with the course is incredibly simple. Once you’ve signed up over at Yellowbrick.com/autodesign, you’ll get an email with your own login credentials. Use those to access the course and then go at your own pace. The first module, Design Principles and History is available now and covers a number of topics.
Those topics include A Car is Born, Cars Through The Ages, Working in Auto Design, and Idea to Showroom. Each topic includes subtopics like Roaring Art Deco, Power vs. Efficiency, and Understanding the Market. Each one also has a video and its own coursework. The coursework varies depending on the subject and can include observation, answering multiple-choice questions, and more. Evidently, you need to be at least 13 years old to sign up but they didn’t card us at the door so go wild.