GM Design Launches Car Design Contest for Students

General Motors Design wants students to try their hand at styling future GM vehicles, and is launching an online competition that it claims will help “kick-start the car design careers” of winning entrants.

Entrants will receive design briefs from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC, and must use the information to create a 3D image of a future car’s interior or exterior. They can publish sketches, images that inspire their work, and different stages of their design online at — the idea being that other users and contest judges can comment on and critique the work.

“Feedback and interaction are a natural part of a designer’s world,” said David Lyon, GM executive director of interior design. “The entire design community can help push and guide the creativity of the students.”

The contest is open to any student in a design school, from undergraduate to doctoral levels, located in the U.S. or Canada. Interior designs can be submitted from now through June 30, and exterior designs can be submitted from July 1 to October 31. They will be judged by members of GM Design, industry website Car Design News, automotive parts manufacturer Faurecia, and design software company Dassault Systemes.

Winning designs will be shown at an awards ceremony at the Detroit auto show in January 2012. In addition, GM will offer eight students a paid internship at the GM Design studios in Warren, Michigan. Faurecia also will offer a paid internship at one of its studios in the U.S., Europe, or Asia.

Source: General Motors