Dept.of Intangible Cultural Heritage Studies

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Dept. of Intangible Cultural Heritage Studies

As the one and only intangible cultural heritage studies department in Korea that nurtures human resources in intangible heritage, the future value of traditional culture, our department aims to cultivate experts who will lead the ever-expanding intangible heritage area.

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Objectives of Education

The intangible heritage inherited through generations is a tradition living today. If tangible heritage is the history of a certain era, intangible heritage is the living tradition and valuable cultural asset of today. This is why intangible cultural heritage policies are expanding day after day and their values are appreciated. Although Korea has led intangible heritage policy for more than half a century, talents are rare in the field. As the only intangible cultural heritage studies department in Korea, our department cultivates experts who will positively respond to the socio-cultural needs of research and overall applications in areas facing dire manpower shortage such as academic foundation researchers to restore the traditional prototype of intangible cultural heritage, curators of intangible cultural heritage, cultural planning directors, field experts, etc.


Well-balanced education among basic knowledge, theories and field practice
  • In the introduction, theories of intangible cultural heritage and Korean art history are covered and students learn basic skills for the restoration of technological culture through literature on Korean and East Asian crafts.
  • Students establish theoretical frameworks and build field work capacity to enter the domestic and international intangible heritage field including UNESO World Heritages by taking subjects such as traditional crafts, Korean crafts history, traditional materials and techniques, reading of Korean craft literature, intangible heritage policy theory, intangible heritage criticism, intangible heritage and local culture, intangible heritage site investigation methodology and intangible heritage seminar.