Korean Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) and the Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center (DGDC)

Custom Executive Education Case Study

The RCA has designed bespoke workshops for international cultural organisations from Korea, including the Korean Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) and the Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center (DGDC). 

The Korean Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) selected 15 students from three design engineering postgraduate schools and four regional Korea Design Membership programmes, both funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korea, to take part in the week-long challenge workshop ‘Future Matters’, about materials and how they are used. 

Working with the RCA Design Products Programme, the workshop included a visit to the Design Museum exhibition Designer, Maker, User and the Institute of Making at UCL, alongside guest lectures. 

Nara Suh, Project Manager, Korean Institute of Design Promotion said: ‘KIDP has been co-working with the RCA since 2017. Each year the workshops provide a valuable opportunity for selected Korean students to experience a curriculum where students take the lead in seeking design resolutions. It also gives them the chance to work with designers and those from different backgrounds such as engineering, science and the humanities.

The Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center (DGDC) commissioned a tailor-made two-day executive workshop for nine CEOs from design agencies in South Korea. 

The workshop was delivered by School of Design academics Bahbak Heshemi-Nezhad, Dr Rob Phillips and Professor Ashley Hall. Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad said about his experience: ‘Working with the Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center was a great opportunity to deliver training on design thinking methodologies and action research tools. The CEOs and managers that attended the workshop also provided us with a great insights about Korean design culture.’ 

‘The workshop in the UK has been so successful. We would like to come back to the Royal College of Art again next year!’ Christine Do, Group Leader from DGDC

"The week-long design challenge delivered a series of workshops and intensive tutorial support that was of great benefit to all the participating students and their work. It gave the Korean group a first-hand understanding of the critical approach to design we undertake at the RCA." James Tooze

RCA Senior Tutor in Design Products