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  • Locations: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction Department/School: Industrial Design
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Tin Man Lau, lautinm@auburn.edu
Majors: Industrial Design Majors Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Program Description:
 

Industrial Design in Taiwan


 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

With the growing technologies in information, communication and transportation, the world is getting smaller. Cultures have become closer and more interactive. Understanding other cultures has become a must in life. As we live through this transition of the global setting, providing our students, an opportunity to learn about the lifestyle and thought process of people from other lands would more adequately prepare them for their future career. It is even more critical for design students since design has become more and more cross-cultural.

Exposure to new cultures, experiences and communication challenges can be accomplished by providing opportunities for students to travel and live in other countries, learning design with students of that country.

PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM

Since students will spend time in the host school and actually deal with people daily in and outside the classroom, interaction will happen naturally. The ability to communicate is essential for design students.  The exchange program will provide an environment for students to communicate with other students within their discipline but also with people from a different culture.

The program also provides a learning environment for students to understand design from a different perspective. Because of the interactions among students of the visiting and the host school, both schools will gain mutual benefit from the program. Besides cultural exchange, students would stimulate one another in a constructive way. Positive competition between schools would help students be more serious about their profession.

CONTENTS OF THE PROGRAM

This is a joint program with Shu-Te University’s Department of Product Design for approximate eight to nine weeks. Classes are conducted at Shu-Te’s campus. Shu-Te University will provide around 40 to 50 Taiwan students to work with our group on design projects. Each Auburn student will be assigned into a group of three to four Taiwan students so that students can learn from one another.

Besides the design studio, students are required to take four craft classes, namely, glass, pottery, metal craft (jewelry), and Chinese painting.Outside class activities include a design workshop with other universities, visits universities, design firms, and industries.Within the program, there will be a visit of Hong Kong for three to five days for a design show and a design department of a consumer product manufacturer.

For more information, download a copy of the Taiwan_Program_Brochure_2016.pdf

ELIGIBILITY

  • Finished second year studios with a final grade of C or above.
  • Willing to room with 5 other students in a dormitory room.
  • Non-U.S. citizens may need to apply for visa to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

IMPORTANT DATES

Summer 2017:

  • 10 May 2017: Date of group travel to Taiwan
  • 7 July 2017: Program end date - Depart Hong Kong

COURSES

Languages of instruction: English and Mandarin

Undergraduate

Required:

INDD 4210 Design Thesis  (6 credit hours)

This is a design studio in teams. Each student will be assigned to a design team with 5 to 6 Taiwan design students to work on a design project. Students are required of participation within the whole design process. Peer evaluations within each group will be administrated and final grade will be affect by peer evaluations.

INDD 5960 Special Problems - Crafts (5 credit hours)

This class consists of four sections of different crafts: glass work, metal jewelry, pottery, and Chinese painting. Students are required to write a report of each craft learned as well as a report on Taiwan culture learned during the trip. Students may also be arranged to work in a design firm for two days as a short term internship.

Optional:

INDD 4220 Professional Practice (3 credit hours)

This class is open to those who plan to graduate in December and this class is the only industrial design class that hinders graduation.

Graduate

Required:

INDD 6960 Special Problems - Studio (5 credit hours)

This is a design studio in teams. Each student will be assigned to a design team with 5 to 6 Taiwan design students to work on a design project. Students are required of participation within the whole design process. Peer evaluations within each group will be administrated and final grade will be affect by peer evaluations.

INDD 6960 Special Problems - Crafts (5 credit hours)

This class consists of four sections of different crafts: glass work, metal jewelry, pottery, and Chinese painting. Students are required to write a report of each craft learned as well as a report on Taiwan culture learned during the trip. Students may also be arranged to work in a design firm for two days as a short term internship.

Optional:

* INDD 7990 Design Thesis (up to 5 hours)

PROGRAM COSTS

Click here to view the CADC Summer in Taiwan Program Student Budget 2017

ACCOMMODATIONS

All students will stay in the dorm of six-persons room at Shu-Te University. Every four room is within a quarter with its own rest area and cable tv. All classes are conducted on campus within five minutes walking distance from the dorm. In case of traveling to other cities for few days short trips, we will stay in hotels. There are several food court type of cafeterias on campus that serve different kinds of food. There are also convenient store on campus as well as in the dorm. On each floor of the dorm, there is a laundry room with coin-operated washing and drying machines. Since the STU campus is built on a hill, there are mild climbing of slope while walking on campus.

LOCATION

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Taiwan was first known to the West as Ilha Formosa, or Beautiful Island. It’s official name is the Republic of China. The total population is 23 millions and the main island is about one fifth of the state of Alabama. Taiwan has world-class natural landscapes such as the awesome Taroko Gorge; it is the repository of true Chinese culture; its National Palace Museum is listed as one of the five top museums in the world; it has once the world’s tallest certified building in Taipei 101; and it has the highest mountain in Northeast Asia, Yushan or Jade Mountain.

Shu-Te University is located the city of Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung is a city located in southwestern Taiwan, facing the Taiwan Strait on the west. It is the second largest city in Taiwan, with a population around 2.9 million. It is a center for manufacturing, refining, shipbuilding, and other light and heavy industries. Kaohsiung is located within a degree to the south of the Tropic of Cancer. The climate is tropical, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with monthly mean temperatures in the range of 19.3 to 29.2 °C (67 to 85 °F), and relative humidity between 71 and 81%. Average annual rainfall is 1,885 millimetres (74.2 in), focused primarily from June to August.

EXCURSIONS

During the program, we will travel as a team to different cities. Each year we visit Taipei, the capitol of Taiwan for three to four days and attend the largest student design show, the YODEX. We also visit Hong Kong, SAR, People’s Republic of China for a few days which is about one hour flight from Taiwan. Besides these major trips, we will take day trips to different parts of the country including Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. We also will visit design firms and design schools around Kaohsiung. Students are encouraged to travel around with accompany of Taiwan students because of the language barrier.

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

VISA REGULATION:

  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Program Website: http://www.auburn.edu/ind/taiwan-program/




This program is currently not accepting applications.