In 1993 the Department Research Institute was formally established and became the first interior design master`s seminary in the country. The research students of this Department have a study period limited from one to four years, and students must finish at least 36 credits and publish one peer reviewed journal publication or seminary thesis in order to qualify for graduation.
The fields of research of the Department faculty, in addition to research related to interior design, also may brush with other related fields, which can generally be categorized as environmental landscape research, innovative living and community environments, sustainable health and residences research, interior lighting and color composition research, and innovative culture and theory. The Department also has established the Illumination and Color Center, Innovative Integrative Design Center and TAF Nationally Certified Lamp Testing Laboratory. In order to increase student’s levels of academic research and use of professional skills, we also actively compete to cooperate with the industrial sector to take on industry-government-academia research projects, which, in addition to allowing research students have a chance to broaden their scopes of thinking, also further allows students to have more diverse options and engagements.
Master’s Program for Working Professional’s
In 1999 the a Master’s Program for Working Professionals was established, allowing elite professionals to return for studies so that people who possess humanities skills, local experience and concepts of technological integration could be trained as interior designer professionals with an emphasis on both professional training and academic research. The university study period for the working professional oriented program is limited to two to six years and students must successfully complete 36 credits to qualify for graduation. If students choose to make a “technical report” to obtain their Master’s Degree, they must take an additional 9 credits.