Automotive Restoration

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Recognizing an industry demand for talented entry-level automotive restorers, the School of Industrial Design has launched a new Associate of Arts degree in Automotive Restoration. The vintage Automotive Restoration program prepares you for a career dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage cars. You will benefit from the extremely specialized program, as emphasis is placed on learning from classic cars that have been fully restored to the highest standard at the Academy’s Automobile Museum.



What We Teach

Automotive Restoration Degree

In the Automotive restoration AA degree program, you learn the technologically and historically accurate preservation or restoration of vintage vehicles. We will focus on key components of successful vehicle restoration or recreation, including techniques in woodwork and machine work, sheet metal work, and processes of disassembly and assembly. You will gain practical, collaborative experience working within a team to perform the restoration of a vintage car.

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Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to find your place in the exciting automotive restoration profession.

Automobile Museum

The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum presents a tantalizing glimpse into the history of the art and design of automobiles. Displaying cars from this expansive collection, among them classics from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Jaguar, Packard, Duesenberg and Cadillac, the museum preserves an integral piece of international automotive culture.

For students of the University’s School of Industrial Design as well as automotive enthusiasts alike, this non-profit museum evokes an appreciation of the exquisite craftsmanship of the past while inspiring the design and creativity of the future. Come and experience these exhilarating automotive designs for yourself!

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