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URN etd-0218108-155227 Statistics This thesis had been viewed 2975 times. Download 2122 times. Author Ling-Wei Hung Author's Email Address No Public. Department Industrial Design Year 2007 Semester 1 Degree Master Type of Document Master's Thesis Language Chinese&English Page Count 139 Title The Relationship between Education and Employment of Non-Industrial Design-Originated Students with Master Degree of Industrial Design Keyword occupation choice industrial design education non-industrial design-originated students non-industrial design-originated students industrial design education occupation choice Abstract With the gradual evolution of domestic industries, the benefits of design have been more emphasized than before. The number of students majoring in industrial design or related subjects has constantly increased, and many non-industrial design-originated undergraduates have also shifted their majors to industrial design when pursuing a master’s degree. However, can these non-industrial design-originated students really become an industrial designer as expected or have they really made a correct choice for their career development?
This study focuses on currently employed non-industrial design-originated graduates with a master’s degree in industrial design. Through a questionnaire survey, the occupation choice and education of the subjects are explored and analyzed with chi-square test, one-way ANOVA, two-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), and t-test. The results indicate that only 46.7% of non-industrial design-originated students chose to become an industrial designer after taking a master’s degree, and male students outnumbered female ones. Most of those who are currently involved in other occupations still expect to become an industrial designer, but to a significantly lower degree than incumbent industrial designers. The difference in areas majored in university and pre-study work experience does not have any significant influence on their occupation choice. In terms of the factors affecting their occupation choice, pre-study employment factors are significantly more influential to the occupation choice of non-industrial designers than to that of industrial designers. On the other hand, design areas majored and industrial design education in graduate school are also more influential to the occupation choice of industrial designers than that of non-industrial designers.
The survey respondents, no matter working as industrial designers or not, all conceived that in terms of learning outcomes, they gain more from the theoretic knowledge than from design tools and practical learning. However, those who chose to become industrial designers tended to be more proactive in on-campus design activities and design competitions than non-industrial designers. The respondents suggested that practical design education, industry-academy cooperation cases, design competitions, and design reports are most beneficial to the preparation for seeking employment as an industrial designer. In the aspect of supplementary measures, optional and mandatory supplementary courses have no significant influence. Finally, the respondents suggested that the school authority should hold more industry-academy cooperation cases, design competitions, and design workshops and non-industrial design-originated students should also take part in these activities to enhance their familiarity with computer-aided design (CAD) tools. This finding reveals that the ability to operate CAD tools and the ability to perform design practice are goals that non-industrial design-originated students need to urgently achieve in the present.
Advisor Committee Chih-Fu Wu - advisor
Files Date of Defense 2008-01-21 Date of Submission 2008-02-18