Seoul National University Department of Design (SNU DESIGN), College of Fine Arts

mission statement

“Major of Design from Dept. of Crafts and Design, College of Fine Arts, SNU” has been producing design talent for 70 years since its foundation as “Dept. of Design, College of Arts” in 1946. With the educational objectives of SNU design-major “cultivating creative design talent of the 21st century” and “playing a role of the global cradle for creation of novel design values”, we are teaching students the entire design fields including graphic design, media design, product design, space design and design history and culture, conferring a bachelor of fine arts (design), master of design and doctor of design. As of 2016, our entrance number is 29 for an undergraduate course, 11 for a master’s course, 2 for a master’s/doctor’s integrated course and 6 for a doctor’s course. In addition to entrance quota, foreign/double major/exchange students are studying together. Furthermore, we produce about 60 graduates every year including bachelors, masters and doctors, totalled about 1800 graduates for 70 years since its foundation. The faculty consists of 10 full-time professors and more than 60 inviting lecturers.

international role

Exchange programs with Politecnico di Milano, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology),  The Art Institute of Chicago, National University of Singapore (NUS), Tsinghua University, Hochschule der Kuenste, Brighton University,Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Chiba University, etc.

Exchange program is for students in SNUs partner universities who wish to study at SNU for one or two semesters and transfer credits to their home institution. To be an exchange student, candidates must be officially nominated by their home institution and pay the tuition fee at their home institution. (http://oia.snu.ac.kr/page/exchange_program.php)

national role

- Educate leading designers for companies: Samsung, Hyundai/KIA Motors, Naver, LG, Hanssem, Cheil, etc. in Korea, & General Motors, Walt Disney, Pixar, etc. abroad

- Cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating a new design business: NEOWIZ, Studio Gale, OCON, pxd, emotion, WOOFER  DESIGN, action seoul, LEEZM interactive, Graphic Design Studio, etc.

- Educate design educators with establishing design theories

main focus

Motion Graphic Design, Product Design, User Interface Design, Interaction/UX design, Space Design, New Media Design, Graphic Design, Typography Design, Product/UX Design, Human-Centered Design Methodology, Design History, Design Theory, Design Criticism

faculties and departments

Department of Design, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University

bachelor level programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design (Major: Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design)

master level programs

Master of Fine Arts in Design (Major: Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Design History and Culture)

research activity and main areas

Motion Graphic Design, Product Design, User Interface Design, Interaction/UX design, Space Design, New Media Design, Graphic Design, Typography Design, Product/UX Design, Human-Centered Design Methodology, Design History, Design Theory, Design Criticism

doctorate level programs

Doctor of Design (Major: Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Design History and Culture)

subject areas for exchange students

Motion Graphic Design, Product Design, User Interface Design, Interaction/UX design, Space Design, New Media Design, Graphic Design, Typography Design, Product/UX Design, Human-Centered Design Methodology, Design History, Design Theory, Design Criticism

application deadlines

First term: Apr (Second Term: Sept - Dec) / Second term: Oct (First Term: March - jJne)

teaching languages

Korean, English

semester dates

First term: 2nd,Mar-14th,Jun / Second term: 1st,Sep-18th,Dec

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Tuition fee: Bachelor: 3,653,000 KRW (about 3,420 USD) / Master, Doctor: 4,686,000 KRW (about 4,400 USD)Living Expenses: 1,000,000 KRW (about 910 USD)

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