FCA Holds National 2019 Drive for Design Contest
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has a history of helping the next generation further their educations and well-being. They have programs in partnership with Strayer University that allows working adults employed by an FCA-affiliated company or dealership to earn a degree paid by place of employment. Another program helps pay off student loans. Next on the list is a contest for high school students in the U.S. – design the next FCA vehicle.
2019 Drive for Design
“Today’s automotive designers not only sketch cars, they create some of the most advanced user experience systems available, work with 3D technology, research color trends and create interior spaces that are multifunctional and beautiful…As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career option and we want to change that.” – Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA
Active on a national scale, the 2019 Drive for Design contest is open and focused on U.S. high school students in grades 10-12. With the mission to design the ultimate status vehicle using any FCA brand, students have the chance to sketch up what they think could be the next most desired vehicle on the road. Just like in the professional world, students entering do have a deadline, and all entries are due by April 27, 2019. At the end of the contest, three students will be named winners from the total of all valid entries.
Winners will receive an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US Product Design studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and will have the chance to spend some time with leading automotive designers for FCA brands. In addition, each winner will receive a scholarship to attend the Pre-college Summer Experience Transportation Design program at College for Creative Studies, a leading art and design college in Detroit. Here, they can study the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts, and how to translate designs into 3D models to give them a head start in designing vehicles for the automotive world.
FCA US Product Design Offices has partnered with EyesOn Design, and Drive for Design contest winners will receive the aforementioned awards on Friday, June 14 at EyesOn Design’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction. The contest winners will also get to as junior judges at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show, held every Father’s Day weekend at the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. Quite the honor for up and coming students.
Interested in learning more? Have a gifted child artist in the family? Now’s the time to give them the chance of a lifetime. For more information on how to submit sketches, visit FCAdrivefordesign.com. FCA North America social channels will also be posting information about careers in automotive design during the contest. Remember, this contest is nationwide, so any eligible U.S. high school student grades 10-12 can enter.
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