Curriculum Features


 

Three elements guide our departmental development – common product design, cultural product design, and innovation/entrepreneurship. Accordingly, seven core competences are defined for our curriculum to educate our students with. They are:

1. Design Collaboration and Team Working 

Modern industrial design demands the team work in various fields. Our department meets this demand with small-group teaching, student families, design competitions, class exhibitions, and extracurricular activities held by our student association.

2. Design Communications

Design communication skills include expressing design concepts in forms of oral presentations, written texts, sketches and drawings. Our department empowers this competence by combining the daily student presentations and design competitions.

3. Form Making and Aesthetic

Although the education of industrial design is still focused on the skills of manual drawing, a modern industrial designer shall be equipped with the skills of mechanism simulation, material stress analysis, and vivid animation after turning the graphic design into the 3D one. To develop the skills of computer drawing, our department provides a complete course scheme from visual expression to digital design and helps the students to acquire various CAD licenses. Further, abundant courses related to design history and appreciation are provided to enhance the sensitivity of perceiving beautiful things.

4. Applying Knowledge of Science and Technology

The product design is user-oriented, while the design procedure involves all kinds of scientific knowledge, such as analysis of consumer behaviors, analysis of human factors engineering & ergonomics, color scheme, mechanism analysis, and product marketing. As the modern and future products require trans-disciplinary knowledge integration, an industrial designer shall have broad and insightful understanding of technology and a stringent scientific attitude at the same time.

5. Design Planning and Management

The diversified design curriculum enables students to understand the process from the project initiation through the product design and manufacturing processes to effective marketing and project management. This goal is achieved by design project courses in higher grades, design project management and marketing, and design research methods.

6. Creative Problem Solving

Good skills alone cannot deliver good products. Design and innovation need a high degree of creativity. Our students are required to complete their own projects, encouraged to take part in design competitions of various levels, and educated about systematic innovation. Through the required courses in general education and our courses for breeding basic design literacy, our students are kept in touch with knowledge from various fields and various regional cultures from various regions – raw materials for creative design.

7. Global View as Well as Understanding Local Culture

The globalization of the design industry and the development of Taiwan’s own brands demand the industrial designers to have global views as well as the communication in English. On the other hand, bringing Taiwan’s industries to the world demands the understanding of the local industries and culture. In recent years, our department has actively improved the English curriculum and incorporated the industry-academic cooperation in our curriculum for the interaction between our students and the local industries.