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Undergraduate College of Art & Design

Department of Living Design

The purpose of living design is to enhance the quality of life through various materials, designs, arts and crafts. The Department of Living Design at Konkuk University (KU) has developed and implemented a practical curriculum to foster color and material design experts for various industries.

The department equips students with the knowledge and techniques they need to visually enrich lifestyle environments and develop new materials and designs demanded. Our program has formed collaborative partnerships with industry as a result of such demand, and continues to produce prize winners in various exhibits and exhibitions. The program’s central objective is the fostering of professionals active in a range of fields including high added-value textiles and materials industries. We build students' levels of creativity and aesthetics for the efficient application of various expressive materials and techniques in the expanded conceptual context of modern design.

The department also concentrates on studying and creating arts and crafts using pottery and metal. Craft has evolved into a basic element of human life. This academic field builds an understanding of the relationships among the nature of craft, design, and fine arts which have been incorporated into manufacturing, service, and culture. The field also develops the characteristics of arts and design for the enrichment of society. The objective is to contribute to social and cultural development by suggesting new forms of value, based on the fields of art and design and the incorporation of elements of art, technology, and the humanities. The courses allow students to demonstrate their competencies in regard to rational design development and planning in order to meet the demands of modern life. Finally, the curriculum offers educational programs designed to achieve the objective of fostering artists, designers, business managers, administrators, and educators based on the needs of the modern era.

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