Department of Fine Arts

The department was established in 1983, as the first Fine Arts Department in South and Central Taiwan and President Mei Ko-wang hired Chiang Hsun , a well-known artist, as chair. Tunghai’s humanistic spirit makes this an excellent place to nourish young talent.

The department established a graduate program in 1995, and a part-time graduate program for working artists in 2003. Over the past twenty years, the department has focused both on education and a multi-faceted curriculum to encourage a deeper understanding of contemporary art and culture.

The curriculum was revised and enlarged in 2006 to provide even greater professional opportunities for its graduates. This allows for education in both traditional art forms and new directions in the field. The emphasis on training art administrators is an important aspect of the curriculum, and fits the rapid development of a new era in art. In the near future the College of Fine Arts and Creative Design will provide a still better environment for students, teachers, and other related departments, and facilitate interdisciplinary study and research. This will fit students into the world of the future.

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Department of Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture was established in 1982 under the College of Science. In 1983, the Department was transferred to the College of Agriculture. The goal of the department is to train students as professionals in landscape architecture. It also emphasizes the importance of planning, design, and solving environmental problems, and aim approaching to a good life.

In response to the rapid changes in environment and the great need of society, landscape architects increasingly serve not only as landscape designers and planners, but also as advocates of landscape rescue and environment conservation. Landscape architects are called upon to create landscapes that form a harmonious relationship between nature and man – respecting the ecological system while making it suitable for human settlements.

Initially established in 1981 as the Department of Horticulture & Gardening and later renamed in 1989 as the Department of Landscape Architecture. During the period from 1981 to 1990, only the undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree was offered. Since 1991, the Department offers Landscape Architecture degrees both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. In response to the increasing interest in landscape topics, a Certificate program at the graduate level becomes available since 1997 which is targeted toward mid-career professionals and scholars.

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Department of Industrial Design

Tunghai University has been known for its humanity concerns in the education community. Industrial Design Department also shares this spirit and reflects it in the program and faculty as well.

Our primary objective is to foster each student has profound awareness of the balance between form and function, and the conscience in both social and cultural responsibilities. Other important qualities, such as creativity, problem solving ability and engineering knowledge are also addressed in the programs.

The Industrial Design Department of Tunghai University is a terrific place for anyone who regards their future career in design seriously. Our wonderful future is the one in which you worth to take part.

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Department of Music

The Department of Music was established in 1971 by Dr. Juanelva Rose, an American missionary. From the beginning the curriculum was modeled after some of the more outstanding schools of music in the United States. Class sizes were deliberately kept small. In addition to high standards of musical performance, emphasis has always been placed on a solid foundation in music theory and music history. Tunghai was the first institution in Taiwan to set such high standards for graduation with a degree in musical performance.

In order to further nurture local musical talent, in 1992 a Master of Arts degree program was added under the leadership of Dr. Tzong-kai Kuo. The same high standards found in the undergraduate program can be seen in the graduate program as well.

There are now well over a thousand graduates of the department who have established themselves as competent musicians, both in Taiwan and on the international musical stage.

The department currently has fifteen full-time and 56 part-time faculty members. In addition to to Taiwanese faculty, there are also professors from the United States, Japan and Belarus.

Current enrolment is approximately 200 students, including Chinese from other countries and other international students. Most of the textbooks used by students are in English. There are six major performing groups: orchestra, wind ensemble, mixed chorus, opera workshop, Electone ensemble and percussion ensemble. Each semester there are public performances at various venues around the island.

For the last twenty-five years, Tunghai has sponsored a summer music festival, inviting internationally acclaimed artists to teach and perform in the school’s facilities. In the last few years the department has also hosted an international music symposium, inviting scholars from abroad to share their research findings.

In the last year, the music department established the Tunghai University Preparatory School of Music program to help nurture young talent. There are currently students ranging in age from third graders up to university level enrolled in this program.

The Tunghai University Department of Music is without a doubt an important center for the study of western art music in central Taiwan.

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Department of Architecture

For over five decades, the Tunghai University Department of Architecture has been a leader in defining and piloting the discipline of architecture in Taiwan. It has long been regarded as the best architecture educational institution on the island.

The department was established in 1960 as the Department of Architectural Engineering. It was then a four-year undergraduate program offering a bachelor’s degree in architecture. In 1974 it evolved into a five-year professional program offering a bachelor’s degree and was renamed the Department of Architecture.

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Master Program of Performing and Creative Arts

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