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JOB TITLE: Design, Studio Modelling, Undergraduate

Programme Duration – 12 Months 

Location – West Midlands  

Salary – Circa £17,000  


Our undergraduate programmes are the start of a fantastic career with Jaguar Land Rover. The reality of the projects we’ll immerse you in will surprise you. They offer real-world experience that will prepare you for a rapidly changing world and equip you for the future. 


Our programmes are aimed at people who have a passion for learning and a passion for pioneering. Ambitious, innovative and determined people, who respect our heritage and think beyond the challenges of today to build the cars of tomorrow. With a blend of hands-on experience and qualifications to target, our undergraduates work on projects that are fundamental to our global success.  


Show us your passion and performance, and we may give you the opportunity to progress onto our graduate programme. 


Design – Studio Modelling (12 Months) 


Jaguar Land Rover Design can be split into creative and delivery pillars. Within the creative pillar sits the Studio Modelling function which consists of the Clay Modelling team, Creative Aesthetics & Surface development (CAS) team and Design Visualisation & Animation (DVA) team. These teams work together to develop 2D drawings and engineering packages into Photo realistic images or animations and Physical properties. Opportunities exist within: 


Creative Aesthetics & Surface development (CAS) 


Digital Design is a highly creative department working within the virtual world that provides high level 3D digital solution to 2D ideation. The developed digital concept provides the support for virtual and physical properties used for presentation material in achieving design gateways, Board Reviews and other various high level Design reviews. Interpreting 2D sketch work and applying it to engineering package data to produce credible Design solutions for the wider business to reference. Brand specific teams are based in each studio.   


As a member of the CAS team you will interact and collaborate with many different teams throughout Design. The data you produce will help to inform Engineering teams of current or intended Design surface treatment. It will provide the basis for the majority of imagery and animations produced by the DVA team. The data will also be used to inform the production of scale and full size clay models and then by applying clean surface geometry over digital scan of the Clay Model, provide a digital twin to the physical property as it progresses through the Design process. 


Design Visualisation & Animation (DVA) 


The DVA team are a highly creative and multi-faceted team that provide compelling and exciting Still Images, Animations, Virtual Presentation material and film assets, to the highest standards of visual quality. Using CG industry recognised software and processes, these creative outputs are used in presentation material that support Design in achieving gateways, facilitating Board reviews and a variety of other high-level reviews and events. From an initial concept all the way through a vehicle program to its launch to the world, the DVA team provide on-brand visual stimulus. 


As a member of the DVA team you will be multi-facing, interacting and collaborating with many customers both internal to Design and external across the wider business, including Digital suppliers. Using digital data from the CAS and surfacing teams, the DVA team are required to provide both creative and technical digital solutions that promote a vehicle concept or idea. As a vehicle moves towards the launch phase, the DVA team support a program with digital imagery, animations and film assets to highest levels of photorealism for use on social media platforms. Researching new processes, techniques and technologies is an important part of the role to ensure that the team stay at the forefront of Automotive Visualisation. 


With ongoing support and opportunities to gain further skills, everything you do will help us imagine the next generation of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles and keep us at the forefront of automotive design.


What’s required 


Excellence runs throughout our entire business and we would expect you to be the same. So, as well as being on track to achieve a degree in Transport & Automotive Design or 3D Digital Design or Animation at 2:2 level or higher, you’ll need a clear understanding of practical automotive design, engineering and model development. 


To join our Digital Modelling team you’ll also need awareness of software tools and programmes and excellent 3D spatial evaluation skills, and to join the Clay Modelling or Model Operations team we will need to see some evidence of your physical modelling skills. 


Please be aware that our undergraduate placement opportunities are only open to penultimate year students working towards a degree in Design (i.e. students who will be returning to their final year of study following their placement with us); or returning to university to study a Masters in Design. 


All applicants must upload a Design portfolio to their application to be considered. This must be no larger than 5MB and must detail on the front cover that you are applying for Design Studio Modelling and either CAS or DVA. 


If applying for a position in the CAS team, we would like to see evidence of exterior or interior digital modelling projects, from initial planning stages, through developing models with an understanding of highlights and patch layout through to the finish rendered model. We are looking to gain more insight into your ability and understanding of the construction through evaluation of the full process. 


If applying for a role within the DVA team, we would like to see evidence of Automotive CG imagery or animation. We want to see a showcase of your creative thinking and approach to image/animation composition. How do you strive for photo-realism? How do you rework and retouch an output to ensure that it presents the vehicle in its best possible light? 


All our undergraduate programmes have a fixed start date commencing June 21st 2021 and will run for a duration of 12 months. 


Rewards and Benefits 


Your innovation and creativity will be challenged every day, as you develop a rigorous and commercially focused approach in your work. And, with on-going support from industry leading experts and continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes have been designed to be as inspiring as the pioneering vehicles you’ll help produce. 


Whichever part of the business you join your hard work and contribution deserves recognition. You’ll receive a competitive salary of around £326 per week, or £17,000 per annum.  


For those on placements of longer than 3 months there is a generous holiday allowance. There are a range of other benefits and regular social events so plenty of chances to make friends and have fun too. 


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Join us and as a successful undergraduate in Design - Studio Modelling, you will work within experienced teams who will guide and support your growth into becoming an experienced member of the Design community. 


Please be aware that if any of our programmes become oversubscribed, we will close them for applications before the stated deadline. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible. 


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Jaguar Land Rover 


This is such an important time to be part of Jaguar Land Rover. More will happen to the automotive industry in the next five years than the last 50 years. And those organisations with the foresight, bravery, determination, investment and innovation will emerge stronger and ready for tomorrow.  


Our strategy is strong, our facilities are world-class, and our people are prepared. Our partnership approach to business is unlocking new opportunities every day. Our long-term agreement with Waymo for example, will develop the world’s first premium electric vehicle for their driverless transportation service. Joining forces is the way forward. Join us and you’ll play your part making history. 






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