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Dunning Automotive Design Competition

Full Scholarships Available for Automotive Design Summer Camp

CCS and the Margaret Dunning Foundation are excited to offer 15 high school students an opportunity to attend the College’s Precollege Automotive Design summer camp at no cost. The College’s Automotive Design Camp is taught by CCS faculty and works closely with designers at GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler. 

Dunning Fellows

Fifteen Dunning Fellows will be selected from all submissions by an esteemed panel of CCS faculty and Industry-Leading Designers. Each Fellow will receive a scholarship to attend the College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience “Dunning Automotive Design” program and earn three college credits (Valued up to $4,345). The award includes three weeks of faculty-led automotive-design studio class, three transferable college credits, materials, housing, food and activities, round-trip transportation from the Fellow’s hometown to Detroit, MI.*

The CCS Precollege Summer Experience (PCSE) brings high school students from around the country and the world to the CCS campus to live, learn and study with CCS faculty.

Dunning Fellows will be in an advanced version of the PCSE program.

*The Precollege Summer Experience Program delivery method subject to change.

Who May Enter

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident attending a high school in the United States
  • Currently enrolled in grades 9 through 11

Submission Process

  • Create an account on SlideRoom
  • Submit 3 original drawings (suggested – front view, side view and 3/4 view) of any car.  Attach three .pdf or .jpg of your drawings
  • Only drawings and sketches will be accepted – no digital work
  • Submission form closes at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 1, 2022

Timing & Deadlines

  • September 1, 2021
    Contest start date. Begin submissions.
  • March 1, 2022
    Entries due
  • May 1, 2022
    Winners announced
  • May 15, 2022
    Winners must accept award and submit Precollege Summer Experience commitment form
  • June 1, 2022
    Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 10 -July 30, 2022
    CCS Precollege Summer Experience
Moray Callum

Moray Callum

Vice President, Design

Ford Motor Company

Michael Simcoe

Michael Simcoe

Vice President, Global Design

General Motors

Ed Welburn

Ed Welburn


The Welburn Group

Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles

Head of Design

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Paul Snyder

Paul Snyder

Paul & Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design

College for Creative Studies

Judges & Judging

The Judges will evaluate each Finalist’s entry according to the following weighted criteria, each weighted at 25%:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Originality
  3. Sketching & Rendering
  4. Concept and Presentation

Fifteen Finalists with the highest overall scores from the Judges will be deemed potential winners pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these guidelines, as determined by CCS at its sole discretion. After certification, fifteen Dunning Fellows will be named and invited to attend the CCS Precollege Summer Experience. 

General Rules
  • The decisions of the judges shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the Competition
  • Entry must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement
  • Entry must be the original work of Entrant
  • You retain your rights to your sketches; however, by entering the contest, you grant the College for Creative Studies (CCS) a fully paid, royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any CCS purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the CCS Dunning Fellows  and Scholars program, and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to College for Creative Studies publications.

Margaret Dunning Foundation

Dunning Foundation Logo with antique carThe Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth, Michigan in the 1920s. During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful business woman, philanthropist, and civic booster. She was a major supporter of many Plymouth nonprofits, including the Plymouth District Library and the Plymouth Historical Society. In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and was a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.

Ms. Dunning died in 2013 at the age of 104. Her estate provided additional funding for the Margaret Dunning Foundation, which continues to support her charitable interests and legacy.