The Sangmyung University College of Design is based on the educational ideology of the School of Design, which is: Understanding humanities culture with a humanistic sensibility and establishing a design strategy (Culture + Human + Emotion + Strategy).
Through this, the College of Design presents a long-term vision of cultivating next generation design leaders equipped with creative performance expertise who clearly understand the designs needed by the upcoming era. The College of Design has set convergence creativity as its educational objective under the perception that a new design education system is needed by the present society, which is represented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It arranges a new educational system for multifaceted connection of each design field by demonstrating creativity across the boundaries of various design fields. Through this, the College seeks to nurture global design leaders with an international sense, creative views in design needed by the nation and communities, professional techniques required by companies, and an understanding of design management that can keenly discern the global market economy. The College of Design consists of 7 majors which are Communication Design Major, Fashion Design Major, Textile Design Major, Space Design Major, Ceramic Design Major, Industrial Design Major and AR·VR Media Design Major. The curriculum of the first semester consists of liberal arts education in accordance with university policy and basic undergraduate design education.Students will advance into the second-year major after freely choosing major fields that fit each of their aptitudes at the end of the first semester.
The Visual Design Major aims to educate visual designers who have strong artistic skills and creative formality while pursuing a rich human environment through design. To this end, the curriculum of visual design is divided into typography, advertising design, packaging design, illustration, and computer graphics. Each specialty area has systematic linkage to acquire comprehensive insight. This major cultivates its students as competent art directors through not only theoretical learning but also various media use and practice.
With the improvement of living standards and material abundance, fashion has been established as a living culture and is moving toward diversification and individualization from the conventional uniform tendency. This major aims to educate qualified professionals who have the theoretical and practical skills to lead the contemporary fashion industry by providing a detailed and systematic curriculum to immediately cope with fashion specialization, diversification, internationalization and technological advancement. In order to achieve these educational goals, the major has core subjects including costume design, clothing composition and draping, fashion illustration, and CAD, as well as practical subjects such as fashion marketing, costume history, clothing materials, dyeing, weaving, fashion display, clothing psychology, Korean clothes, etc., as various elective courses in different levels, in order to cultivate fashion designers who can harmonize and balance artistic sense and scientific factors in clothing.
The Interior Design Major is the first major to be established in a Korean four-year university to recognize the importance of the physical, psychological, and emotional impacts of the indoor environment on human beings and anticipate design specialization in the future society. Therefore, this major has become a birthplace of many interior design education courses while developing a history and tradition that has played a pivotal role in establishing academic research institutes for interior design. In this major, full-time professors and instructors are continuously developing an educational system to train creative interior design leaders and are carrying out experimental education while remaining faithful to basic principles.
Through these courses, students have won many awards in major competitions and have proven the excellence of interior design education at Sangmyung University through exhibitions at overseas universities and various exchange programs. Based on these educational achievements, the major received the Education Award from the Korean Society of Interior Design.
In addition, graduates are now working as active professors, CEOs, designers, public service officials, and middle school teachers throughout the world, contributing to the development of society. To contribute to humanity and the social environment in the 21st century represented by internationalization, openness, and informatization, this major has generated creative and professional interior design leaders with a global sense.
Ceramics originated from ancient earthenware to conjecture the history of human culture and generally refers to the industry using ceramics, glass, bricks and other kilns. Today, it is distinguished from the porcelain-centered classic ceramics, and is referred to as New Ceramic Fine Ceramic which means high-tech new material development and special precision ceramics of an advanced project today. That it is defined as the “Second Latest Stone Age” means that its domain is expanding and is playing a leading role in the future industry as a whole.
What is inevitably raised these days is the question of ceramics product design and the change of its consciousness by necessity.
The new awareness of modern design means that not only the "proposal of color, form, or decoration" but also the "concept of material, technology, production, distribution" should be included. Who will be responsible for ceramic design in the future? How should they be fostered? Such questions pose problems to overcome. Professionals who will be responsible for ceramic design will be the designers with scientific thinking and a firm design philosophy produced by an efficient curriculum.
Ceramic design education so far has been included in ceramics crafts without any clear independence, and formative ceramic expression education has been considered as an approach to ceramics design education. The Ceramic Design Major in Sangmyung University was established in March 1988 as the only university program in Korea, producing specialists to participate in or research the development of design craftworks in industrial ceramics.
We look forward to seeing their vibrant roles in design research in the new ceramic design field by attempting new programs such as the accumulation of technology and experiences through industry-academic cooperation research and the cultivation of mass production adaptability.