The Stellantis North America Product Design Office is kicking off its 9th Annual Drive for Design Contest. Kicking off in 2013, the Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Originally starting exclusively for students in Detroit, the Drive for Design contest has grown to become a national contest that awards talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to further develop their design skills.
The annual design contest challenges high school students in the United States that are currently in 10th to 12th grade to sketch their idea of the next-generation of Stellantis vehicles, the three best sketches will go on to receive a virtual day of design with leading designers at the Stellantis Design Studios, Wacom and Apple products, and a scholarship to attend a four-week summer program at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit.
The CCS summer program curriculum includes the fundamentals of gestural sketching, drawing automotive concepts in perspective, and how to translate designs into 3D models.
“Since the contest began nine years ago, we’ve been able to connect and help many young artists establish a career path in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design at Stellantis. “In fact, we’ve had previous contestants as summer interns and recently we hired a former winner who is now working in one of the design studios. Regardless of where these students ultimately land, it’s rewarding to our team to be able to make an impact on someone’s career.”
This year, contest participants will sketch an electrified Jeep® vehicle of the future. Entries are due by May 14th, 2021. Three students will be named winners from all valid entries received. For detailed contest rules and information on how to submit sketches, visit www.stellantisdrivefordesign.com.