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Integrated Design in Emerging Architecture (IDEA) is a 4-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) English language international program offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University. Situated in the oldest higher education institution in the region and surrounded by a culturally and historically vibrant urban backdrop, the program is dedicated to nurture students' critical thinking and independent design capabilities with the knowledge of the latest digital design and fabrication skills that are increasingly being sort-after in the architectural and design community both locally and overseas.
With a particular focus on innovation and experimental design, the 4-year curriculum aims to ground up students' architectural design knowledge from an interdisciplinary approach that include social, physical, life sciences and beyond. Throughout their studies, students will integrate diverse design values from a wide range of creative design industries, whilst the unit system in each year offer varies opportunities for students to investigate and develop their creative thinking process behind their production outcomes. The program is formulated from the belief in creative design values that lead to the core of any principles in design businesses that require an innovative thinking approach.
As Chiang Mai is emerging to become a key player in the local and global creative industry, the IDEA course is perfectly suited to provide its graduates with the best opportunities to develop a successful creative design career and become future leaders in these lines of design-value-oriented businesses. Furthermore, the program is constructed in the dialectic forms of knowledge and practice with creative experimentations in order for students to understand the value process of architectural and spatial design. The program will give special emphasis on teaching, training and communication in English, with a dedicated team of international design academics and practitioners and the opportunity to take part in internship abroad in the latter part of the course in order for students to build the best design thinking foundation for their further studies and interests after graduation.