KAIST is a research-focused university. Therefore, graduate students at KAIST Department of Industrial Design are both students and researchers at our labs. While they take classes and obtain course credits like undergraduates, they also work full time at the lab, performing research with the help of their advisor and members of the lab. Although academics and courses make up a greater portion initially, research for their own dissertations and contract projects at their labs gradually takes up a greater part of their work. They stay at the labs performing research duties even during holidays when there are no classes.
Master's students are required to take at least one (3 credits) KAIST general required course (Scientific Writing, Introduction to Computer Application, Probability and Statistics, Industrial Economics and Cost Analytics, Patent Analysis and Invention Disclosure, Collaborative System Design and Engineering), two (6 credits) required major courses (Design Project I, Research Methodology) and four selective major courses (12 credits) for the Department of Industrial Design. The selective major courses offered at KAIST Department of Industrial Design include User-Centered Design Methodology, Media Interaction Design, Digital Design Fabrication, and Design Issues. Students may consult with their advisors to take courses offered by other departments. Examples of courses offered at other departments that Industrial Design students have taken include HCI (School of Computing), Interactive Computer Graphics (School of Computing), and Mobile Pervasive Computing (School of Knowledge Service Engineering). PhD students are required to take at least 27 selective credits including Design Research Issues.
Learning at a research focused graduate program takes place not just in class but also in the process of performing research for contract projects and dissertations. A wide range of unique research traversing the boundaries of science and design is being conducted at our labs. There are currently 11 labs headed by 11 professors at the KAIST Department of Industrial Design.
Visit the website of each lab to learn more about their publications, exhibitions, products, and other kinds of research output.
Human Centered Design
Practice Based Design
- ID+IM Design Lab
There are currently 14 professors at the Department of Industrial Design, including two emeritus professors and one research professor.
Tenure track professors
Nam, Tek-Jin Head of Department Nam, Ki-Young Bae, Sang-Min Bae, Seok-Hyung Suk, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Kun-pyo Lee, Sangsu Lee, Woo-Hun Lim, Youn-Kyung Bianchi, Andrea Saakes, Daniel
Kim, Myung-Suk Chung, Kyung-Won
Master's graduates go on to design roles or research roles related to design. They may develop new products with consideration for user experience or conduct trend research or user research for design development at large IT companies, startups, and design firms. PhD graduates go on to work in industries, academia, research organizations, and public institutions as design experts. The specific field varies widely depending on the topic of PhD research.
Currently, most of our PhD graduates work in new product development or user experience research at large companies or help bridge design education and research at universities. Some graduates are in charge of design review at public institutions such as the Korean Intellectual Property Office or perform human centered design research at IT research institutes. Others have gone on to become CEOs or CDRs at startups.
The Department of Industrial Design welcomes those who have majored in engineering fields such as Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Science, and Human Engineering. Applicants who combine an understanding of design with fundamental engineering knowledge have the potential to become outstanding graduate students. Such applicants would have to prepare application documents and interviews that display their expertise in their original majors, as well as their goals and plans for interdisciplinary design research.
The Department of Industrial Design welcomes applicants not only with skills related to the final product of design such as product development, visual media, spatial systems, etc., but also those related to the value provided by design such as visual communication, user experience, and services. Applicants with a background in design can combine their knowledge with systematic research methodology and new technologies to create synergy. Such applicants would also have to prepare application documents and interviews that display their expertise in their original majors, as well as their goals and plans for interdisciplinary design research.
Master’s program applicants that have passed the documents review process will be assigned to the respective labs through a video interview. PhD applicants first decide their labs before submitting their application documents, and successful applicants are automatically assigned to their desired labs. PhD applicants who are unable to decide their labs may apply to the Head of Department as their prospective advisor and choose their labs after admission.
For general inquiries regarding the overall admissions process, schedule, and document submission please contact the Graduate School Admissions Team at the Office of Admissions (042-350-2351, firstname.lastname@example.org). For information on the department/professors/labs as well as the interview procedure and schedule (for applicants with successful document reviews), please contact the office of KAIST Department of Industrial Design (042-350-4503, email@example.com). For PhD admissions, documents should be submitted only after the lab has been decided, and applicants should contact the advisor for the lab they are interested in, or the head of the department before writing their applications. Please refer to Q.4: Who are the professors at KAIST Department of Industrial Design? [link to Q4 in page] for faculty contact information. ※ Please refer to the KAIST graduate school admissions website for details regarding the application schedule and document submissions. http://admission.kaist.ac.kr/international/
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