The compact, 3-year curriculum offered at SADI is one of its most important assets and was developed through extensive research and consultation with faculty. This intensive program, offered in 4 years in other universities, consists only of the essential subjects for developing the design capabilities of students. The curriculum comprises of a foundation program to foster aesthetic flair and creativity as designers in students, and a open seminar (SOS: SADI Open Seminar) aimed at equipping students with knowledge of humanities extending beyond most design fields. The objective is to optimize learning time and student efficiency; students complete the same amount of classroom hours they would in a regular university, made possible by an efficient schedule and the ideal balance struck between major and general subjects.
Scientifically Designed Education System
The academic programs at SADI are characterized by multidimensionality and concreteness. Instead of courses being taught according to a faculty’s areas of interest or specialty, curriculum at SADI is organized to allow organic links between academic departments as well as between subjects. These links are not confined to similar subjects, but exists throughout the education program at SADI. The curriculum chart is continuously updated through faculty meetings, reflecting to the scientific approach to education adopted at SADI. From the understanding of a point, line and a plane to that of a complex design form, students are led to travel across a multidimensional curriculum map, acquiring specialized capacities in broad-ranging areas they will need as future leaders of Korean design. Educational activities are carried out at SADI, using content that is meticulously designed and planned in advance, resting on an elaborate scientific structure that characterizes the SADI curriculum.
A diversified Student Body for an Intellectually and Emotinonally-Rich Educational Experience
Actively considering admission from students who lack formal training in art and design yet possess talent and passion, is a tradition at SADI. SADI’s doors are wide open to students from non-art or design backgrounds, wishing to give wings to their inner designer. Over the years, our belief that admitting talented students from non-design backgrounds have repeatedly been met with success and have had a positive impact both on the students themselves and their peers. At an individual level, by successfully blending design with the education they received in their previous area of studies, students from different academic backgrounds can add depth to their aesthetic awareness and prove more skilled than others in practical tasks. Further benefits are gained as an academic department; as students interact with peers from diverse academic backgrounds and participate in collective projects, they mutually benefit by learning from the strengths of one another. Students from design backgrounds with a well-developed visual sense can learn rational approaches to tasks from students with other academic backgrounds and the latter, in turn, can learn visual and emotional approaches from the former. Numerous cases attesting to how students with diversified backgrounds help maximize learning are evident even amongst the current student body at SADI.
Learning from Industry Experts: Learning the Ways of the Workplace
To effectively respond to the industry’s true manpower demands, SADI has closely aligned its education with the ways of the workplace. Having industry experts teach courses to ensure that students learn design theories that are actively used in the industry and receive practical training with practical tasks are some examples of SADI’s commitment to professional excellence. As in other countries with advanced design industries, there is active participation by industry experts in the education that SADI offers. SADI students also participate in industry-academia partnership projects and complete internships in companies to gain practical skills that help prepare them for future work in an industry setting. The list of host companies for student internships is rapidly expanding and includes many overseas firms. With increasing numbers of companies proposing partnership projects, SADI is able to select the highest-quality and most beneficial projects for its students.
Foundation Program for Laying a Strong Basis and Unleashing Creativity
Students spend their first year at SADI enrolled in the foundation program where they learn the basics of design, a stage similar to when athletes train by strengthening the appropriate muscles and developing proper posture. Since its inception, the foundation program of SADI has been benchmarked by countless leading Korean universities, its broad scope extending beyond the confines of design towards fine art. Taught by design specialists as well as art specialists, students receive a well-rounded education that is essential for them to develop perspectives and awareness necessary for producing great designs. The foundation program is a signature program of SADI that has impressed faculty holding degrees from advanced design countries and continues to receive praise from alumni and current students alike.
International Exchange Programs to Gain Cosmopolitan Perspective
Exchanging with eminent overseas design schools and meeting with world-renowned designers are special privileges enjoyed by SADI students. Every year SADI organizes international events inviting influential designers and specialists from leading overseas design schools to participate, made possible by long partnering relationships with numerous design leaders and institutions since SADI’s inception. During guest seminars, students have the opportunity to speak with some of the world’s top designers on specific themes of interest, and during workshops, have the opportunity to show their own design works for critique and exchanges of opinions. Meeting with overseas designers is a growing interest to SADI students, as it provides them with new perspectives in their area of study as well as the opportunity to develop an international flair in design.