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RCA Vehicle Design Show 2001

The Royal College of Art recently held its annual show of students work. Particularly interesting was the work of the students on the vehicle design course. The course has traditionally been the platform for some of the World's best vehicle designers to step from into prominent industry positions. Former students have infiltrated almost every major manufacturer and consultancy in the World.

The course is two-year post-graduate, with many students being sponsored through what is often an expensive and work-intensive time. Final projects this year ranged from sporty off-roaders through to advanced Audi people carriers and luxury sports cars. The vehicle design course does not deal exclusively with automobiles and other projects included catamarans and motorcycles.

<< Sung-Jin Yong
BA Industrial Design, Hannam University
Experience: Car Designer Kia Motors
Award of Excellence - International Design Competition, Car Styling Magazine 1994
Anthony Pugh >>
Mid-engined American Sports Pick-up

BA (Hons) Industrial Design, Univ. of Plymouth
Experience: designer - Jaguar 2000; Design Technology teacher 95-98; product designer, Sadler Assoc. 93
Student Graduation Award, 3D design Univ. of Plymouth 92
<< Tue Beijer
BA (Hons) Industrial Design, Konstfack, Univ. of Stockholm
Experience: Internship BMW Motorcycle Design Studio 2000; designer of Bizzarini Bebi 99-00; internship Saab 98

Quality of supporting illustrations was very high, as expected, and every model showed a great level of time and commitment. The show was open for a period of a week or so when industry and public had a chance to look round. Unfortunately, we understand that US manufacturers did not express a great interest in the show which seems a little wasteful given the course's reputation. However, many students already have strong links with manufacturers and consultancies - particularly in Europe - and look set to move into prominent design roles.

All the work was of a very high standard with partcularly notable projects from Sung-Jin Yong, Andrew Woodman with an innovative 'All Terrain Racer' concept and Jorge Diez-Perez with the radical Audi people carrier.

Jochen Paesen >>
Liquid - The Romance of Driving

BA(Hons) Transport Design, Coventry University 99
Experience: Designer, Ford 2000; Designer, Seymour Powell, 2000; Designer PSA Citröen 98

Sponsors: Ford, Bowes Design, Bridge of Weir Leather
<< Jorge Diez-Perez
BA Industrial Design, Ceu San Pablo 99
MA Transport Design, Ceu San Pablo, Valencia 99
Experience: internship Audi exterior design 2000; Furniture Designer, Gonzalez Studio for Nash and Flower 98; graphic designer Promotest SL, CoinGasa SA, Exporiel SL, Carasoles SL, RagoHogar SL, Deriba SL

2nd Prize, 16th International Furniture Design Comp., Valencia, Spain; 1st Prize, Nissan AutoPista Car Comp., Valencia 98

Sponsors: Audi AG
Andrew Woodman >>
BA (Hons) Industrial Design Engineering, Univ. of Wales Institute Cardiff 97
Experience: designer RLE International 2000; Model Maker 97-99

Sponsors: RLE International

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