Great dreams begin with a dreamer: capture it now at Car Design Academy

Design Schools 2 Nov 2016
Great dreams begin with a dreamer: capture it now at Car Design Academy

A presentation of the online school Car Design Academy, including a special design lecture by Toshio Yamashita, Chief Designer of the Nissan 300Z and design instructor at CDA.


It is every person’s dream to drive a sexy sports car under the Californian Sun that never seems to set into the horizon. It is a very famous episode that Mr. Toshio Yamashita, the Chief Designer of the Nissan 300Z (Fairlady Z), designed the 300Z by picturing the Californian Sun.

With the very new wide and low body and with a design that never seems to get old, the 300Z is one of the true masterpieces in the history of sports cars.

Here at Car Design Academy, we are proud to announce that we work directly with Mr. Toshio Yamashita and have some special lessons conducted directly by Mr. Yamashita.

Today, we would like to share a video with Mr. Yamashita that focuses on sketching cars with a technique called a “Speed Form.”

Speed Form is an important technique used to draw sports cars and is a technique, which emphasizes the “speed” of the car to make it look like the car is flowing and is very fast. Techniques such as the “speed form” can help distinguish the difference between an illustration and a car sketch and is one of the techniques that can be very helpful for car designers.

In the video below Toshio Yamashita explains the philosophy and the process of this sketching technique and speaks about the philosophy behind his artworks.

The school’s philosophy

Ever since February 2015, the Car Design Academy has been actively recruiting passionate car design students from all over the world, with the goal of finding and training the Toshio Yamashita’s of the future.

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 Above and below: works by CDA’s honor student Nicole John Varona

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When establishing the Car Design Academy, one of the main goals was to create a place for young car designers to gather up and communicate with each other to further enhance their knowledge about car design anywhere, any place at any time.

This idea originated from what Takeru Can, main instructor and designer at Car Design Academy, had learned during his years spent studying design ever since high school.

Speaking about his own experience, he explains why he decided to create an online car designing school.

“I remember when I was struggling to find someone that I can share my designs with and speak it in depth in high school. But, that struggle finally became a joy when I started studying at a design school in Tokyo where I was able to discuss my designs in depth and receive sharp critiques by my classmates and new friends.

“One of my main purposes I started Car Design Academy was to build a school that can link all the car designers in the world including Japan so that they can freely communicate, make new car design friends and be educated at the same time.

“I truly understand that the car design world is very niche and sometimes it is very hard to find car designers around you. My goal is to connect as many car designers as possible here at Car Design Academy and bloom their talents so that they can take a giant step into their dream jobs and in the car industry.”

We are convinced that there are many people who can relate to Mr. Can’s episode, such as some of our honor students at CDA.

Students’ stories

Mr. Alireeza Saeedi currently resides in Canada and is a university student pursuing his dream to become a car designer.

He has joined us in our annual Ultimate Car Design Battle held in Japan all the way from Canada and was able to communicate his thoughts and show off his skills by taking part in a competitive sketch battle.

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CDA is definitely a solution if you are thinking about pursuing a career in car design.

“We believe in excellence and integrity, providing the highest-quality programs, leading by CDA original teaching materials that include textbook, video, to serve our students and since it is online, you can access the materials anywhere.”

One of our students, Mr. Agri Bisono, has accomplished his dream of becoming a car designer after attending our Total Course.

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Above and below: works by Agri Bisono6 design sketch by car design academy students

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8 design sketches by car design academy students

Fun, but yet maintaining a competitive and professionally learning environment, we put in our best efforts into our students so that they can see the improvement with their own eyes and can confidently send in their portfolios to their dream jobs.

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(Image Courtesy: Car Design Academy for Car Body Design)

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