College of Design - Bachelor of Design in Indigenous Culture
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In 2013, the Bachelor Program in Indigenous Culture and Design was established under the direction of former Dean of College of Design, Yu Chao-Ching, Associate Professor Walis Wu (Department of Commercial Design), Lecturer Lu Chien-Ming (Department of Architecture), and Lecturer Oto Micyang.

"Sustainable Environment" and "Learning from Nature" are the principles of the Bachelor Program in Indigenous Culture and Design, which reflect the university's philosophy of "All Around Education" and respect for multiculturalism. The program combines professional design skills with tribal teaching. Practical service-learning is used as a means of testing the effectiveness of learning. The integration of courses and the continuity of content across years allows students to learn both Aboriginal humanities and design skills without compromising their knowledge.

The program accepts indigenous students only, and recruits twenty students per year as a single class. Students are required to pass the entry interview and portfolio examination in order to enter the program. There are four undergraduate classes in the program. As of 2022, consists a total number of students are 43 indigenous students.


The education mission of the Bachelor Program of Design in Indigenous Culture at CYCU is to combine indigenous values and professional design ability. In order to create a learning environment of indigenous culture for students, the program implements indigenous values and integrates tribal environmental issues that are based on traditional indigenous wisdom. Through this integrative framework, students can practice their design ability with the knowledge of indigenous culture and values.


This program aims to:

  1. Cultivate students to form indigenous values and traditional wisdom.
  2. Nurture students to possess professional knowledge and design ability.
  3. Equip students with the understanding of Cultural and Creative Industry, creativity in living, sustainable environment, cultural assets, and ecological tours.
  4. Develop integrated professionals of indigenous culture.
  5. Provide students with a learning and exchange platform for indigenous autonomy.

Future Prospects

To develop design professionals with indigenous values, who can give back to their villages and contribute to social welfare.

Career options include:

  1. Indigenous Language Teacher
  2. Graphic Designer
  3. Video Editor
  4. Digital Media Designer
  5. Multi-media Designer
  6. Art Editor
  7. Fashion Editor
  8. Cultural and Creative Industry Designer
  9. Cultural Preservation Professional


In the first- and second-year curriculum, the primary goal is for students to acquire indigenous traditional knowledge. Therefore, more indigenous teachers teach freshman and sophomore students than at other levels. For indigenous culture acquisition, the program offers courses such as Ecology and Culture, Verbal Context and Culture and Design and Culture of Indigenous.

In the junior and senior curriculum, students strengthen their design ability through working with non-indigenous professors from the Department of Architecture, the Department of Commercial Design, the Department of Interior Design, and the Department of Landscape Architecture.

The curriculum will include micro-courses that focus on the traditional wisdom of the indigenous peoples and humanistic care, and the teaching objectives are based on the values and perspectives of the indigenous peoples' cultural identity.

Linking the environmental and social issues faced by the tribes and applying the wisdom of indigenous cultures to various professional designs. The professionalism of environmental care and the appropriateness of the teaching mechanism will enable Aboriginal students to integrate into the learning environment of community life and tribal humanism, and at the same time, to explore more aspects of design perspectives and ideas and to think more diversely.


The first year curriculum aims at contextual learning through courses such as Ecology and Culture, Context and Culture, Group Structure and Cultural Identity, as well as Basic Design, Drawing and Visual Recording, Colour Studies, Introduction to Design and Introduction to Digital Applications, to develop the basic design skills of first year students.

In the second year of study, the core curriculum includes native design, with context and culture, ecology and culture, graphic design, design painting, tribal creation and ecotourism, and native design as the main topics of study.

In the third year, the courses in native design, ecology and culture are continued from the second year, with fieldwork and participation in tribal affairs, as well as courses in aesthetics of living and B&B, wood carving and new media art creation, to cultivate interdisciplinary talents.

In the fourth year of study, the final year of the programme will be devoted to the development of personal themes in the form of graduation designs, which will incorporate the native cultural essence and professional design skills learnt during the four years of study in the university into their own tribal issues and traditional culture, and develop social design to implement tribal cultural heritage and development.

Courses Required/ Elective Credits
English (I) (II) Required 2/2
English Listening and Speaking in Lab (I) (II) Required 2/2
Chinese Literature Classics Required 2
Physical Education (I) (II) Required 0/0
Environment Service-Learning (I) (II) Required 0/0
Practical English (I) (II) Required 1/1
Literacy and Rhetoric Required 2
Introduction to Design (I) (II) (III) (IV) Core 3/3/3/3
Ecology and Culture (I) (II) (III) (IV) Core 3/3/3/3
Basic Design (I) (II) (III) (IV) Core 3/3/3/3
Design and Culture of Indigenous (I) (II) Core 3/3
Tribal Practice (I) (II) Core 3/3
Verbal Context and Culture (I) (II) Core 3/3
Thesis Design (I) (II) Core 4
Ethnic Chromatics Core 2
Cultural Diversity and Social Design Elective 2
Drawing (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Drawing of Design (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Embark upon the Route to Appreciate Multiple Cultures Elective 1
Introduction to Computer Application (I) (II) Elective 2
Sketch and Image Documentary (I) (II) Elective 2
Chromatics Elective 2
Cultural Economic & Marketing Planning Elective 2
Practice on Symbiotic Environment (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Architectural Culture of Taiwan Aborigines Elective 2
Film Production 1-Shooting Elective 2
Film Production 2-Clip Elective 2
Commercial Photography (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Picture Book Elective 2
Relation in Ethic Group and Creation Elective 2
Tribal creation and Ecotourism Elective 2
Tribal Industrial Development Elective 2
Living Esthetics & Tribal Resort Elective 2
New Media Art Creation Elective 2
Field Study (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Metalsmith (I) (II) Elective 2/2
Wood Carving (I) (II) Elective 2
Exploring English: Language and Culture Elective 1
Design thinking and practice Elective 1