Design Courses

The Design Courses is another unique feature of NTUIC. Students are required to take these interdisciplinary, hands-on, project-based seminars each year throughout their four years of study at NTUIC. They work on elementary projects in their freshman years, proceed to more advanced projects in their second and third years, before advancing to projects that qualify them for graduation in their final year.

These projects train students to identify and analyze real-world problems, propose constructive solutions, integrate and apply their skills, and bridge what they’ve learned in the classroom with real-world problems beyond classroom walls. The project-based format helps to focus and deepen the students’ learning, giving them a greater sense of achievement in the process and encouraging them to be active citizens of the global village.

Under the mentorship of project leaders, who are appointed from renowned scholars and experienced industry professionals worldwide, NTUIC students learn the principles of design-thinking and interdisciplinary teamwork skills. To ensure that students receive ample mentorship and feedback, each project-based seminar will consist of no more than 25 students. Students are encouraged to present their projects at international competitions and conferences.

The Design Courses draws much inspiration from extant ones offered at NTU’s D-School, which has ample experience designing and implementing such classes. Faculty at the D-School will be among the instructors recruited to lead these annual projects.

In the Freshman Seminar, the goal is to help students explore their interests and aptitudes through design. “Knowing Thyself” is the theme of this seminar. In the Intermediate Seminar for Sophomores, students shift the focus from self-exploration to the exploration of their immediate surroundings. “Knowing the Local Society and Environment” is the theme of this seminar. In the Advanced Seminar for Juniors, students direct their attention beyond Taiwan’s borders to the international community. Through internships in international organizations and overseas exchanges, they learn to “Know the World.” Finally, in the Senior Seminar, they bring their observations and experiences overseas back to campus. The goal of this seminar is to help students make sense of their experiences overseas and to deepen their broad learning through mentorships and lab internships.