CCS Student Automotive Design Work on Display during North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)


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DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2012; During the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), College for Creative Studies (CCS), the leading art and design College in the world, will showcase student designs at their main floor booth at NAIAS and at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education during the Transportation Design Student Exhibition event. Reporters will have two distinct opportunities to see student work while NAIAS is in town. The Transportation Design Student Exhibition kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 8 (Reception at 4:00 p.m.) and continues through Thurs., Jan. 12 and the Meet the Student Designer Event will be conducted on Mon., Jan. 9 from 1:15 until 3:00 p.m. during NAIAS Press Days at the CCS Booth.

"Since 1962, CCS has prepared designers for employment in the auto industry. Our program is one of the most preeminent in existence and we supply more designers to the automotive industry than any other art and design college in the world," says CCS President Richard L. Rogers. "Stars in the design world like Ralph Gilles from Chrysler, Joel Piaskowski from Ford, Kevin Hunter from Calty and Bob Boniface from GM have all benefited from a CCS education and we are pleased to educate the next generation of automotive designers."

Annually, through sponsored research projects with automotive and automotive supplier companies, CCS students develop designs that represent the future of automotive design and innovation. With an emphasis on market, lifestyle, age and social demographics, students are charged to develop designs that translate into various types of automobiles.

"The work that our students develop is really phenomenal. I am regularly impressed by the clarity and dedication with which our students approach these projects. I am especially excited about the designs that will be shown on the floor of the NAIAS this year," says CCS Chair of Transportation Design Mark West. "While NAIAS gives the international, national and local press access to the up to the minute trends in automotive design, CCS is proud to feature our students who represent the future of automotive design."

The Transportation Design Student Exhibition kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 8 and continues through Thurs., Jan. 12 at CCS's A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. There will be a reception at 4:00 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Taubman Center. Featured are remarks from CCS President Richard L. Rogers as well as remarks from Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn and CCS Alumna and Director of General Motors North American Passenger Car Design Crystal Windham just prior to the Cadillac ATS Unveiling Event. Reporters also have an opportunity to meet with student designers from CCS on Mon., Jan. 9 from 1:15 until 3:00 p.m. during NAIAS Press Days at the CCS Booth. Featured Student Designers include: Alexander Blake McGowen (Lincoln Model), Brian Malczewski (Lincoln Model), Stephen Rapaski (Meritor Heavy Duty Truck Model), Kirill Ponomarenko (Honda Model), Taylor Langhals (Jeep Model) and Austin Fodell (Meritor Heavy Duty Truck Model). To hear more about the Transportation Design curriculum, Sponsored Projects at CCS, or to learn more about the press event, contact Rhonda Welsh, assistant director of public relations at rwelsh@collegeforcreativestudies.edu or (313) 664-7667.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an integrated learning community located in Detroit. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls nearly 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. CCS also offers visual art opportunities for learners of all ages through its Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Education programs. For more information, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/about.

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