Department of Industrial Design

College of Design

Department of Industrial Design1

Department of Industrial Design

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E-Mail: scid@mail.usc.edu.tw
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The Department of Industrial Design was founded in 1992; under the trend and demands of the industry, the Master Program and the On-job Training Program of the graduate institute were founded respectively in 1998 and 1999. The goals for the under-graduate program are “Professionalism, Internationalization, and Industrialization," whereas “the combination of theories and practices and the interdisciplinary studies across all fields" are set for the graduate programs. The curricula designs are both concentrated on the learning and accumulation of design-related knowledge and the creativity generated through first-hand experiments and practices; other than those, the comprehensions, reflections, and judgments derived from discussions on humanity, society, and technology will also foster students’ ability in understanding the fact that industrial design in itself is a two-fold activity with multi-layers inner framework and multi-facets outward appeals. It is under these conditions that each and every student will be able to develop his/her unique approach toward rationales, methods, and ability in the process of designing.

In order to materialize the above beliefs, broaden students’ exposures to the outside world, and expedite the exchange of thoughts and information from people of other cultures, the S.C.I.D. has been encouraging its students to take part in various national and international competitions and exhibitions since its founding in 1992; just to name a few:
Students’ achievements in national and international design competitions proved the hard work between the faculty and the students. SCID has won over 854design awards. Of these, 197 international design awards, including the first place of “Sony, the International Idea; Honorable Mentions of Osaka Design Competition", Japan 1995 and 2001; the Best Design of the “International Eco Design Competition", USA 1 996; First Prize & Honorable Mentions of “They Will Be Famous Furniture Design Competition", Italy 1996 & 1997; Honorable Mentions of “International Koizumi Design Competition", Japan 1997; Design Distinction Award of “International Design magazine Annual Review", USA 1997; the Targa Bonetto Award of “SMAU Information & Communications Technology Design Award", Italy 1997; third place of “Sakai Design Competition", Japan 1999; Silver Prize of the “Nagoya Design Competition", Japan 2000; Honorable Mentions of “International Travel Stationeries Competition", Holland 2000; Award of Excellence of the “2001 LG Electronics Design Competition", Korea; the Special Prize of “OPUS Design Award", Japan 2001;the Best Design “if Design Award", Germany 2003; First Prize, third Prize and Honorable Mention of “2004 Communication Design Competition – Play Design", Silver Prize of the “1st MUJI Award International Design Competition", Japan 2006; Bronze Prize of the " Industrial Design Excellence Award", USA 2007; Best of the best of the " red dot: design concept 2007″;iF award concept 2008 ;NAGOYA DESIGN DO! Gold Prize2008,Concept Award of “if Design Award", Germany 2009/2010,Best of the best Award of the " red dot design concept 2010″Germany…etc.

In 1997, the department was invited to take part in the international exhibition “Design: The Next Generation" held by International Design Center Nagoya, Japan. In 1998 and 2000, SCID was invited by Saint Etienne Biannual Festival of Design, France. In addition, SCID took part in the international design exhibition and conference in ICSID 1999 in Sydney, 2001 in Seoul and 2003 in Hanover. In August 2000, the achievements of SCID were reported on “INTERNI", a leading design magazine in Italy. At the same year, SCID was invited to join three international exhibitions: International Design forum, Singapore; Arbitare il Tempo-International Exhibition of Interior Design Decoration Verona, Italy; Biennale International Design 2000, Saint Etienne, France. In 2000-2001, the department showed the achievement in CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany. SCID was also the co-organizers of" Pu-Tong Summit Conference on Industrial Design “Shanghai, with Tong Hwa University, Shanghai, and Hong Kong University of Technology in 2001. In June 2001, SCID was invited to participate in Design Show held by Tsinghua University. In 2002, SCID participated in three exhibitions in China: the National ID Exhibition held by University of Science and Technology Beijing, the Center Industrial Design Exhibition in Hunan and the Qingdao
International Design Festival in Shandong. In 2003, the achievements of SCID where reported on “Dream Design Magazine", Japan. In 2004 SCID was invited to exhibit their design projects in “Tokyo Designer’s Week" in Japan. In 2005, the department was invited to show the design projects in “Salone Internazional Del Mobile 2005: 8th SaloneSatellite" in Milan, Italy. SCID was also invited to present their design curriculum in “2005 AGIDeas International Design Week" in Australia and was reported on “Desktop" an Auatralian magazine, as well as the 2007 Milan International Furniture Fair “That’s Design-Zona Tortona" and the 2007 “Maison & Objet" in Paris, France;In 2008, SCID is the first university in Taiwan which participate「Rhen design week」in Kolner ,.Inuited exhibition to Osaka Arts University,Japan2009, Inuited exhibition to Shin-Pun-Kan Arts Gallery by Seika University,Kyoto,Japan2010.

In order to improve students’ practical experiences, the department has worked with more than fifty enterprises, including Acer, BenQ, Eupa, Umax, Sampo, Sanyang, Alcatel and other international businesses. The department also arranged Students to have practical training in companies, such as Philips, Eupa, Acer, Nova Design, GE/FITCH, Era Design, BOD Design to name a few.
Students of Graduate Institute of Industrial Design with industrial design background and those who are from other fields are welcomed, so that the variety can be expanded to address the need of total design strategies in the industry. The department also invited professors from different countries and from diverse professions such as psychology, social studies, philosophy, business administration, information science etc. Famous designers and CEOs are invited to provide project advisories, such as Mr. Toshiyuki Kita from Japan in 1999; Mr. Frederick Rickmann of Nord Design from Denmark in 2000; Professor Michael Erlhoff and Professor Uta Brandes form Germany in 2000, 2004 and 2006; Ms. Astrid Zala of Jam Design & Communications from UK in 2001; Professor Gordon. P., Professor Ron Nabarro from Israel in 2004, Professor Philipp Heidkamp from Germany in 2004, 2005 and 2007; Prof. Fritz Frenkler from Germany and Mr. Harald Gruendl of EOOS from Austria in 2007; Prof. Tadanori Nagasawa and Prof. Hiroshi Imaizumi of Musashino Art University from Japan and Prof. Axel Thallemer from Germany in 2008. Prof.Gordon Bruce from USA in 2002,2010.

In 1999, SCID was admitted to become the educational member of ICSID in Sydney, Australia.
In the ever-changing world, it is imperative for any teaching and learning organization to respond and satisfy the needs of the society and the demands of the industry, and the S.C.I.D is no exception! It is our belief that only through constant improvement in upgrading our course design and retaining outstanding faculty, can we achieve that goal. After all, in terms of process, education has no bounds and ends; the journey is, in essence, an never-ending one!

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To satisfy the needs of society, Graduate Institute of Industrial Design was set up in 1998. The department’s Evening division followed the next year. Both students with industrial design background and those who are from other fields are welcomed, so that the variety can be expanded to address the need of total design strategists in the industry. The department also invited professors from different countries and from diverse professions such as psychology, social studies, philosophy, business administration, information science etc. Famous designers and CEOs are invited to provide project advisories, such as Mr. Toshiyuki Kita from Japan in 1999; Mr. Frederick Rickmann of Nord Design from Denmark in 2000; Professor Michael Erlhoff and Professor Uta Brandes form Germany in 2000 & 2004; Ms. Astrid Zala of Jam Design & Communications from UK in 2001; Professor Gordon P. Bruce of Gordon Bruce Design from USA in 2002, Professor Ron Nabarro from Israel and Professor Philipp Heidkamp from Germany in 2004. In 1999, SCID was admitted to become the educational member of ICSID in Sydney, Australia.