Industrial Design in the Asian Century

Course Code: 

South Korea

Course dates:

1 September 2019 - 14 September 2019


20 design students in Built Environment


Expression of interest

Course contact

Mariano Ramirez -

Industrial Design in the Asian Century

Industrial Design in the Asian Century (IDES3235) is an intensive summer elective offered to undergraduate students in design disciplines within Built Environment. It involves observation visits to advanced manufacturing industries in a selected Asian country as well as academic interactions with design students in a UNSW partner university.

The course provides an opportunity to be immersed not only in the Asian product design and manufacturing scene but also in the cultural traditions of Asia. The Asian country changes every year.

Industrial Design in the Asian Century can be credited towards ‘FBE Elective’ or ‘Open Elective’ requirements. 

Key Information


There will be a compulsory pre-departure briefing session on campus on 16 September. Participants must arrive in Seoul before the course starts on Monday 28 October; the 2-week course concludes on Sunday 10 November.  

A design workshop with Korean design students will be held at Seoul National University. Industries to be visited include Kia Motors, Samsung, and Hyundai. Students will attend the ‘Seoul Lantern Festival’ and the ‘Design Korea’ exhibition, and visit the Korea Institute of Design Promotion, Korea Crafts and Design Foundation, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Students will also be exposed to sustainability in Korean design and architecture at the Seoul City Hall and Cheonggyecheon urban renewal project.

Eligibility criteria

Design students in Built Environment may apply.

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Enrolment via expression of interest.

Note: Expression of interest does not represent confirmation of enrolment. Do not book travel arrangements until your place in the course has been confirmed.


This course is supported by the Australian Government’s 'New Colombo Plan' (NCP) Mobility Program. Fifteen (15) participants in IDES3235 Industrial Design in the Asian Century will be selected to receive travel grants of $3,000 each. Eligibility requirements for the NCP travel grants include:

  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Must not have dual citizenship or residency in Korea
  • Must be between 18 snd 28 years of age
  • Must not have previously received a New Colombo Plan grant