Course Contents

Lesson 1-12
You will learn basic sketch techniques. Drawing good sketch is an absolute necessary requirement to become a car designer. You will learn how to draw Lines, Ellipse, Perspective, Proportion, and Ratio.
You will learn two basic view for Car Design, a Side View and a Quarter View (perspective view). In addition, you will learn both manual and digital painting method. You will acquire basic skills which definitely needed for everyone. (if you are beginner, it is Must and if you have already involved in some designing job, great opportunity to skill up.) You will also learn a lot of tips for car sketch which is used in the car design front line.

Lesson 13-24
You will learn how to create your Designing and Styling which can be used for your recruiting activities. In the designers world, to present your portfolio is the most powerful tools than any other tools, much better than writing good resume.
You will learn effective ways to communicate your concept, to produce impressive thumbnail sketches, and to summarize your designs.


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Sketch is a Powerful Communication Tool

Let’s say that you have great ideas in your mind, awesome car styling, sexy appearance. But it would be useless unless you have skills to express them. Your sketch will convert your 3-D ideas on to the 2-D paper. Is your sketch able to impress professional viewers, such as head of project, or engineers? We will focus on teaching you three basic car sketch skills; “Powerful Lines”, “Accurate Perspective”, and “Well-Expressed Surface Texture”

CDA world top class designers have developed original programs to learn these techniques in a most effective manner. Our textbook edition has been supervised by Nori Kurihara, our Chairman, a Legend in the Car Design World. He and his team in the CDA will teach you design skills how to express your “Imagination into Form!”

It’s all about Portfolio

May we ask you a question? Is your portfolio attractive enough to get attention of car company’s designer or recruiting agent?

It was just about 30 years ago, .Nori Kurihara resigned Honda, and went to Europe bringing his portfolio to Italdesign Giugiaro, a famous Italian design company, and got hired right away. Portfolio is the most important material for others to judge your skills and future potential. There will be no other better way you can appeal yourself as a designer, by showing an attractive portfolio when you encounter the scene of job interview or internship programs.

Nori has a lot of experience. Not only in Japan, but also in Europe. He has designed many cars, and he has run the independent design company, and hired many designers. As explained earlier, he is the Legend in the world Car Design industry. Why don’t you get something through his experience? He is the one who knows the importance of creating your own portfolio.

Tutorial Video by Professionals

In your normal life, you do not have any chance to see the pro’s sketching . In CDA tutorial video, you can observe them, you can feel how do they sketch. You can emulate and/or get benefit from learning tips. These videos can be seen through your smartphones or tablets as well. You can watch them repeatedly, or stop the video and reverse. Your comprehension will significantly improve by watching them. Can you watch your instructors actual designing repeatedly in your live class courses? We guess the answer is No.


We will be with you anytime you need

Do not hesitate asking help for any trivial questions or problems. You can ask questions any time and will receive answers quickly. You may need advice for effective learning method, or may need tips/suggestion for job search. These are unique services we provide. We would like to give you a support in all aspects of car designs.

Constructive Reviews by our Instructors

In many cases you do not realize what is wrong. And even you know something is wrong you do not know how to fix the problem. Some of the deficit or points needs improvement can be easily detected by experienced professionals.

You will get a first-class designer “Advice & Corrections” for every homework assignment. We guarantee you that CDA is the only school who will provide you such a fine-tuned advice and attentive reviews to each students. You will be surprised by our quality reviews just like our alumni students was astonished. These Advice & Correction will be very useful for both experienced and non-experienced.


Individual Advice Via Video

When you submit homework assignments through Lesson 13-24, our Advice and Corrections will be done by Video. This differentiate us from other schools. You can watch your work review any time you want, besides you can watch those of other students as well.

View other students’ sketches

You will be able to browse not only the current students sketches corrected by instructors, but also sketches of our Alumni in the past. They might inspire and give you some ideas to adopt or to improve your sketching.

Contents of Programs

Lesson 1-12 consist of car sketching techniques:

Drawing Powerful Straight Lines, Curved Lines, and Ellipses
Basic Concept and Skill of Perspective, Ratio, and Vehicle Proportion
Side View and Quarter View Sketching
Manual Painting: Marker Techniques
Digital Painting

Lesson 13-24 consist of Styling and Designing. These lessons help you create your original concept presentation board:

Decide the theme of a Presentation Board
Plan Concepts
Developing Ideas for Sketches
Rough Rendering
Effective Expression

Throughout Lessons 1-24, you will receive pro’s “Advice & Corrections” which will help both beginners and experienced designers to improve car designing skills.

Comments/Feedback from Students

I learnt a lot not only through textbook but also by video, which helped me to obtain intuitive understanding. I can watch those videos anywhere I go, like during commuting, that was very attractive. Another good thing about CDA was I was able to see other students’ works, sometimes gave me fresh ideas. Online course set up was very convenient for a busy person. Correspondence with instructors were always smooth.


I was very much satisfied with things I learnt at CDA. The course was very unique and effective program, taking good advantage of Internet. What I liked about was I was able to study at anywhere anytime of the day (week) I wanted. I think each lesson is well-organized and very easy to follow for even beginners like me. I enjoyed learning car sketch. It was great to see actual designer drawing sketch, never saw them in real life. I tried to emulate, which helped my sketching skills. I find students need commitment as well to follow homework and get used to practice.


I am very thankful that I can learn car design cheaper than going to a traditional school, also I can learn professional skills without worrying about time or place. There are many techniques in the textbook which I would never be able to learn studying by myself. I am always practicing sketch with watching designer’s demonstration videos.

Other student’s Reviews is here


Car Design Education to seek Future Career

The fact is that other design school instructors are not real world car designers, or not even having any experience as a car designer. That is why students have problems getting proper and practical Car Design education. This is a serious issue for ambitious students who is targeting to pursue car design as his future career. Car Design Academy is the opposite. Our instructors are currently designing in the front line.

In addition, it is very hard to get essential information to become a car designer unless you are a student of a school which already has a tight connection with some companies.

CDA has launched the car design program since Aug. 2013 in Japan. In the last one and a half year, we have seen some successful recruiting results. Two of our first year students have participated in internship programs, and one of them got a position from a leading manufacturer in the car industry. He was a college student learning engineering and had no idea about car design before he took this course. It had been only three months for him attending this course when he was offered a job.

We are proud to announce that two of the car company in Japan have chosen our CDA Total Course for their training program.

If you want to pursue Car Design as your career, why don’t you consider CDA as your solution. You don’t have to hesitate to register admission because of your time difference, gender, age, or experience. Our tuition is set very reasonable. Our courses and materials are in high quality. Our instructors are seriously committing. JOIN US ASAP!

Important Messages

<You must: >
*If you are under 20 years old, you need to have permission for applying to any CDA courses by your guardian.
*You must have internet accessibility.

<Necessary Tools for Course> (details are shown in FAQ)
*Photoshop or Paint tool SAI
*Graphics Tablets & Pens
*Image scanner or scanner apps. (like a CamScanner)
*Water based ink pen
*Copic Marker
We use C1,C2,C3,C5,C7,C10 CPOIC markers. You will also need RV02 and RV29 for tail lamp design, and B41 for fog lamp design. If you already have your own markers, that’ OK. Please understand that it is your responsibility to pay for those tools.


You can pay your tuition either by credit card or bank transfer. <Notification>When you select ‘bank transfer’
Please be prepared that it might take at least one week or sometimes take two weeks to send remittance overseas .