The Car Design Awards reward the most-talented transportation design students the world has to offer. The contest also acknowledges the schools that have nurtured that design talent with a special award to be presented to the school whose students score highest in the competition.
The Royal College of Art in London is the current holder of the ‘Most Successful School’ award. Although students from Chinese schools are eligible to enter the Awards contest, our separate Car Design Awards China contest has its own league table, singling out the best Chinese design schools.
Car Design Awards school league table top 10, based on data from 2011-2015:
|1||College for Creative Studies|
|2||Strate Design School|
|3||Royal College of Art|
|4||IED Istituto Europeo di Design|
|5||Umeå Institute of Design|
|6||Institut Supérieur de Design|
|8||NID National Institute of Design|
|9=||Academy of Art University|
We also acknowledge that some design schools are bigger than others. In order to highlight quality over quantity, we also publish the Car Design Awards Winning Index of schools. The Index includes only the schools which have at least three students who have become finalists or overall winners, while the League Table judges the overall quantity of the best students.
The Winning Index of schools, based on data from 2011-2015:
|1||Royal College of Art|
|2||Institut Supérieur de Design Valenciennes|
|3||Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)|
|5||Strate Design School|
|6||Umeå Institute of Design|
|7||College for Creative Studies|
|8||NID National Institute of Design|
How the scoring works
The league tables are created from the results of Car Design Awards competitions that took place over the period 2011-15 inclusive.
If a student is shortlisted for one of the Car Design Awards categories, we have awarded their school one point in the league table for each student that makes the shortlist.
If a student is selected from the shortlist as one of the top three finalists in an Awards category, the school gains three points per student.
For each Awards category winner the school receives five points for each winner.
Finally, the overall Student Design of the Year is chosen from those Awards category winners. This earns the school eight points.
Points are not cumulative, so the overall winner earns eight points in total, category winners earn five points total, finalists three and shortlisted students add one to their respective school’s league table count.
An entry by a team of students is scored only once, and a student shortlisted for a number of awards categories in one year has only his or her best result counted; the competition is seeking to measure quality of entries, not volume.
A student achieving success in different years' competitions, however, is counted in each year and so contributes towards the school's overall score over the period of the league table. The rationale here is that there has clearly been some teaching in between.
|1||87||College for Creative Studies||United States||46|
|2||77||Strate Design School||France||30|
|3||65||Royal College of Art||United Kingdom||27|
|4||61||IED Istituto Europeo di Design||Italy||37|
|5||59||Umeå Institute of Design||Sweden||27|
|6||24||Institut Supérieur de Design Valenciennes||France||12|
|7||20||Coventry University||United Kingdom||12|
|8||18||NID National Institute of Design||India||12|
|9=||15||Academy of Art University||United States||9|
|11||13||University of Tehran||Iran||4|
|12=||12||Seoul National University of Technology||South Korea||6|
|14=||11||Chung-Ang University||South Korea||9|
|14=||11||IAAD Istituto d'Arte Applicata e Design||Italy||7|
|16||10||DSK International School of Design||India||3|
|18||7||Munich University of Applied Sciences||Germany||3|
|19=||6||Art Center College of Design||United States||4|
|19=||6||University of Cincinnati||United States||4|
|19=||6||Dong-a University||South Korea||4|
|19=||6||Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design||Czech Republic||4|
|23=||5||Hongik University||South Korea||3|
|23=||5||Lahti University of Applied Sciences||Finland||3|
|26=||4||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands|
|26=||4||Iran University of Science and Technology||Iran|
|29=||3||Beijing University of Technology||China|
|29=||3||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States|
|30=||2||Braunschweig University of Art||Germany|
|30=||2||Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts||China|
|30=||2||Hanyang University||South Korea|
|30=||2||Kookmin University||South Korea|
|30=||2||Sangmyung University||South Korea|
|35=||1||Hunan University of Science and Technology||China|
|35=||1||Iran University of Art||Iran|
|35=||1||Isfahan University of Technology (IUT)||Iran|
|35=||1||Kama State Academy of Engineering and Economics||Russia|
|35=||1||Lawrence Technological University||United States|
|35=||1||Loughborough University||United Kingdom|
|35=||1||MIT Institute of Design||United States|
|35=||1||Université de Montréal||Canada|
|35=||1||Moscow State Technical University||Russia|
|35=||1||National Central University||Taiwan|
|35=||1||Northumbria University||United Kingdom|
|35=||1||Rhode Island School of Design||United States|
|35=||1||SPD – Scuola Politecnica di Design||Italy|
|35=||1||Shenkar College of Engineering and Design||Israel|
|35=||1||Slovak University of Technology||Slovakia|
|35=||1||University of Tabriz||Iran|
|35=||1||Yeungnam University||South Korea|