Course System of the Department of Architecture

Since 1994, the department of architecture had adopted the course system which was split into the “Design Course,” with a focus on space and form creation, and the “System Course,” with a focus on scientific and technical aspects. From 2006, the department adopted the three course system of “Architectural Design Course,” “Architectural Environment Course” and “Architectural Structure Course,” providing various curricula based on the different characteristics of each course in order to further students’ studying with more specific consciousness of each field.

Structure of Design Practice Subjects

Required subjects in drafting include Design and Drafting I (Freshman 2nd semester) and Design and Drafting II (Sophomore 1st semester). These subjects are intended to help students learn the basics of design and drafting, as well as prepare for the national exams for a registered architect. Drafting subjects required for course credits starting from the Sophomore 2nd semester are Architectural Design I (Sophomore 2nd semester), II (Junior 1st semester) and III (Junior 2nd semester). Each of these drafting subjects offers related lecture subjects on design theory or planning theory. Other practical subjects are Architectural Graphics and Practice (Freshman 1st semester, compulsory) as a basis for drafting, and Art and Design A, B (Freshman 2nd semester, elective) as basic education in art and design. Courses offered for CAD education are Architectural Information Processing I (Freshman 1st semester) for instruction in the fundamentals of personal computer operations and the 2D CAD, Architectural CAD and Practice for 3D CAD (Freshman 2nd semester), and Architectural CG Practice (Sophomore 1st semester). Further classes offered are Architectural Design Colloquium I, II (compulsory for the course) in the Junior year, and Graduation Research and Graduation Colloquium (compulsory for the department) in the Senior year.

Graduation Research

Among the various lecture subjects at the university, Graduation Research is the independent research work on a topic which each student selects on their own for the first time. Dealing with the research project over a full year, students summarize it as their theses or as drawings and specifications to present at Graduation Research review. This is considered a most important subject in the undergraduate curriculum as students not only acquire deep knowledge of their major field of study, but are also stimulated to develop their abilities of consideration and expression. There are two main categories in Graduation Research: Graduation Design and Graduation Thesis. Students choose one of these and are supervised by an instructor specializing in their field of study. Graduation Design is a project for conducting consistent basic design of buildings selected by each student. Graduation Thesis is a project where a theoretical and/or experimental research paper in a specialized field is produced.