Design Factory Korea (DFK) is an educational platform housed at the Yonsei University’s International Campus in Incheon, South Korea. It is part of the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) – an innovative and interdisciplinary network creating collaboration between the similar-minded people, projects and platforms. DFGN holds regular meetings to share the experiences, and to discuss and research educational methods in engineering, business and design for the new era. Design Factory concept originates from Aalto University in Finland and the idea is currently brought to 13 countries and DFK joins the network as the 6th member.
One of the most distinguishing features of the Design Factory (DF) is innovative educational philosophy. It actively provides solutions to the practical problems that companies and societies face today through collaboration and exchange of ideas among students from diverse backgrounds. To provide the optimal educational environment, DF is sustained by both material and immaterial support: student-initiated projects, corporate-given challenges and sponsorships, tools for prototyping, collaborative projects with other DF teams, and guidance from administrative staff and faculty advisors.
The DFK team consists of Yonsei University students, professors and faculty, corporations and the extensive global network. With the facilities and resources available at Yonsei International Campus and the innovative curriculum offered at Underwood International College, DFK is expected to continuously produce creative ideas, expand to all colleges in Yonsei University, and ultimately provide new model of education for the future.
Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) is a network of innovation hubs in universities and research organisations in five continents of the world. DFGN is on a mission to create change in the world of learning and research through passion-based culture and effective problem solving. Shared understanding and common ways of working enable Design Factories in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures, time zones and organisational boundaries fostering radical innovations
Underwood International College (UIC) within Yonsei University is a highly selective liberal arts program which implemented the residential college system for the first time in Asia in the international campus in Songdo. UIC offers an all-English curriculum and international faculty, all distinguished in their respective fields. UIC attracts the brightest and the best of students around the world.
DFK is anchored by Techno-Art Division (TAD), an interdisciplinary design, technology, and management undergraduate program offered at UIC. TAD consists of three majors: Information & Interaction Design (IID), Creative Technology Management (CTM) and Culture & Design Management (CDM). IID focuses on the field of IT and interaction design; CTM, on IT management & entrepreneurship, and CDM, on product design and marketing. A highly-selective group of students with an international mind and creative thinking skills are equipped with fundamental knowledge on design, technology and expertise on management. The students incorporate ideas from other academic fields and exchange these ideas with corporate, commercial and industrial sectors to design new business models and services perceived in both micro- and macroscopic visions.