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International Interior Design Studio Collaboration Between Ringling College of Art and Design and Yonsei University Launches Fall Semester 2012


The Ringling College Interior Design Department began its first International Collaborative Design Studio course with the Interior Design Department of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester. The international collaborative design studio experience addresses the growing trend toward the professional practice of interior design in a global context.

Sarasota, FL & Seoul, Korea (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

The Ringling College of Art and Design Interior Design Department and the Interior Design Department of Yonsei University of Seoul, South Korea launched its first International Collaborative Design Studio course in August, 2012 in order to train their students in the professional practice of interior design in a global context.

The Robert O. Barkley Teaching and Learning Summer Fellowship Program at the Ringling College of Art and Design provided the funding to begin the collaborative design studio course which has been spearheaded by Ringling College Interior Design Department faculty Seongwoo Nam. Over the summer of 2012, Mr. Nam traveled to South Korea to conduct a series of meetings with several universities to determine the most suitable collaboration partner for the design studio, ultimately choosing to collaborate with the prestigious Yonsei University.

After choosing Yonsei University with which to initiate this groundbreaking collaboration between the two institutions located on opposite sides of the world, Mr. Nam met onsite at Yonsei with their faculty to develop the curriculum for the course. Together they decided the focus of the course would be to develop a design for a retail store that would theoretically be located in Seoul. The challenges of the course with regards to student learning are many and are achieved with the use of technology in problem solving and design communication, with students at both institutions using video conferencing as the main communications method. Both institutions arranged a class meeting schedule to accommodate the 13 hour time difference. Additionally a class webpage was developed and maintained by both institutions to facilitate students' learning and communication. Course curriculum addresses student learning outcomes related to design process, universal design, international measurement protocols, environment and communication.

“There are growing interior design opportunities within a larger global context and there is certainly increased international work among US-based design firms,” said Ringling College Interior Design faculty Seongwoo Nam. “With many design projects located in Asia and the Middle East we created this course to prepare Ringling students for the real-world opportunities they will be addressing in their futures. The international design collaboration allows our students the opportunity to work on projects with their Korean counterparts combining understandings of both cultures.”

Students from the Interior Design Department at Ringling College are known for significant achievement in their field. Recently, two Ringling College Interior Design students - Ronel Constantin and Rianna Straw – were chosen out of 200 competitors scholarship awards from the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Since the inception of the Donghia Student Scholarship Award Program in 2001, a Ringling student has won an award each year with the exception of one. On three occasions, two Ringling students have won prizes in the same year.

About Ringling College
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

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