All the boats
pictured on this site were designed by Westlawn alumni. Click
here to see a gallery of alumni designs.
Westlawn alumni are prominent in
the marine industry. Click
here to see more.
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For over 80 years, we have been helping people prepare for a new and interesting career or to advance their existing career. Many have become successful, some even famous, but all have found deep satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment in pursuing something they love to do.
In an effort to meet the emerging needs of both the marine industry and its design practitioners, Westlawn has developed two courses of study and a Continuing Education program. Depending on your career objectives, experience, and current situation, you can choose the program that best matches your requirements. Both Yacht & Boat Design and Elements of Technical Boat Design or "Elements" are presented in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence of lessons. These are hands-on courses—you'll learn by doing. The courses will challenge your abilities and, if you're willing to make the effort, we'll get you there, at home and at your own pace. (Elements of Technical Boat Design was formerly called Yacht Design Lite.)
At Westlawn you study at home but not on your own. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas and problems with faculty members and with other students on the Westlawn student forum. We're always there to answer your questions and believe that the feedback to students has been the secret to our success spanning over three quarters of a century.
Study materials include text books written specifically for this course by boat and yacht designers and other marine industry specialists. You will also receive comprehensive study guides to lead you through each lesson. Printed study and on-line materials are augmented by conference sessions with instructors by phone, mail, email and our web-based forum, to enrich the learning experience and provide guidance. We want you to succeed, and our faculty members share a commitment to provide advice, technical assistance and encouragement along the way.