The School of Korean Traditional Arts consists of the most competent professors within the field of traditional arts in Korea. The faculty consists of professors like Kim Youngjae Park and Yongho Ahn Suksoen, who are considered valuable cultural assets, as well as young professors who lead contemporary creation in traditional arts such as Kim Haesuk and Jung Soonyeon WonIl. The school welcomes these cultural assets as not only full-time teachers but also as part-time instructors. This creates a concrete foundation for traditional arts as well as helps the department focus its intentions on specific areas of study, offering a distinct advantage compared with other universities.
The presence of such a strong faculty motivates students and allows professors to become role models for students in their artistic lives. The faculty exhibit not only practical knowledge, but also the history and success of their own artistic careers. Students are then able to learn both professional capability as well as moral guidance to lead them down their individual paths to success. The placement of these exemplary professors and instructors allows students to acquire basic humanities knowledge including traditional arts theories, field cultural theories, and aesthetic principles. This combination of top-notch professors and motivated students allows the department to lead the field of traditional arts now and in the future.
The school of traditional arts consists of departments in Korean arts, music, dance, and theatre. The ability of these departments to interact with one another it allows artistic knowledge to be spread across genres through integrated instrumentals, song and dance, which is the basis of traditional arts. Existing traditional arts curriculum in universities tend to separate education by genre which can threaten the loss of the essence of traditional arts.
Historically speaking, traditional arts did not used to be separated by genre. We believe the curriculum and educational system of the School of Korean Traditional Arts can help to restore the true essence of traditional arts education. Students have the opportunity to expand their views, and go further to create new traditional arts. Responding to the demands of a new generation, students can work both through their major intensive courses and exchange classes among departments to bring new, inventive performances to the field of traditional arts.
This specialized education system with the integration of instruments, song, and dance will become a new paradigm for the vision of Korean traditional arts going forward.
In the ever-globalizing present, a new educational policy is necessary to overcome the neglected and marginalized state of traditional arts. Now more than ever, it is necessary to develop underlying values in traditional arts and culture to be used as competitive cultural resources. It requires breaking free from existing ideas for education in order to develop, succeed and help traditional arts flourish.
With this view of the current state of education, the School of Korean Traditional Arts aims towards practice-centered education, fostering creative artists who will create distinct, exciting content. The school uses up-to-date theaters to lead in the exhibition of the school’s records, performances, and concerts. It aims to foster artists who build new images of traditional arts, and help creative and cooperative sprit find fresh alternatives in the field. (뒤 traditional arts 삭제) Also, it aims to educate and foster artists who will continue to work and exchange ideas in the world of traditional arts after graduation.
So far, the school has differentiated itself from other universities, and has selected, educated, helped and supported students longing produce art in the field. Going forward, the school will establish an integrated production system to help build educational synergies and provide a cultural hub of various traditional arts for students during their education, and beyond.
The primary educational goal is the academic study of traditional music, dance, and folk theatrics. The curriculum ultimately aims at: providing a future direction of Korean arts through historical, philosophical, aesthetic examination on the traditional arts; building a theoretical basis for inheriting tradition from modern perspectives; and creating new types of performing arts.
General courses are closely linked to theoretical programs of other Schools and Inter School Division. For freshman and sophomore years, courses are provided on foreign languages, basic art theories and the practice of traditional arts. There are also comparative art studies of Korea and other nations based on humanities and methodologies.
The curriculum is not limited to traditional arts: instead, it encourages students to interact with other genres; helps them have broad views on arts; and develops their ability to assess the status of traditional arts theses days in an objective and accurate way. Furthermore, they get a perspective on Korean traditional arts in a global context and prepare themselves for the future.
Further studies on each major characterize junior and senior years. Students of traditional music, dance and folk theatrics-related majors take one-on-one classes provided by leading experts in those areas. Those majors are divided under the categories of the studies of history, system, planning, and cultural theory. Besides graduation papers, students should submit at least one paper which is presented in an annual academic symposium hosted by the Department in October. If students fail to do so, they are not qualified for graduation.
The Department's primary educational goal is to nurture students' performance and creative capability so that they not only contribute to the preservation of traditional music but also meet the needs of the 21 century. Students, based on the strong foundation of traditional music, develop new techniques and expand repertoire. Such process helps them maximize their performance and creative capability and ultimately stand on their feet as professionals with a high level of artistic ability.
There are instrumental, vocal, and composition majors in the Department. Instrumental is divided into kayakum, kemungo, daekum, piri, haegum, ajaeng, and percussion instruments. Under the vocal major, there are pansori, minyo, kayakum byungchang, and jeongga. For four years of undergraduate programs, each student takes one-on-on classes by two instructors every semester. Courses including Ensemble and Orchestral Music help the students of instrumental major hone their performance skills. The programs for the vocal major aim at producing leading performers in all kinds of theatrical music. Students majoring in composition foster their ability to expand the scope of traditional music from classical music to dance, theatrical, background and practical music through the curriculum.
Various annual recitals and concerts of each major offer students chances to improve their performance ability through hard practice and accumulate onstage experience. In addition, recitals for graduation are mandatory to help students take their performances to a professional level.
With practical courses at its center, the curriculum covers humanities: it includes basic courses for traditional arts, such as Introduction to Traditional Music, and History of Korean Music; and the courses for Inter School Division such as, English, classical Chinese, logical writing and communication skill, are required. Students develop critical eyes and understand how traditional arts communicate with the present day through Criticism & Appreciation of Performing Arts, and Traditional Performing Arts Media & Contents. The curriculum ultimately aims at promoting students’ creative ability beyond preserving traditional arts.
With its curriculum focusing on practical courses on the composition and various types of Korean traditional dance, the Department aims at producing leading artists who inherit the tradition with creativity and meet the needs of the times.
The first and second years offer students basic practical courses covering all genres of traditional dance from dances designated as intangible cultural heritage to the ones in the modern era. Theoretical courses are also provided to strike a balance between theory and practice. Dance Choreography, Analysis on Dance Artworks, and Aesthetics of Korean Dance courses of the third year enhance the ability to analyze and have critical eyes for artworks. Based on that, courses on practice and recreation help students develop their capability to stand on their feet as leading artists. In the fourth year, they make their own works based on what they have learned: students should present traditional dance works, such as folk and court dance, as well as self-choreographed works for graduation.
The Department has many required courses, which is the result reflecting the characteristics of traditional dance: it involves a group of dancers. Classes requiring a complete attendance, and dance performances on a regular basis make students devote most of their time to dance. Such intensive courses and training prepare students to become professionals. They are also necessary for students to accumulate onstage experience through many performances and enhance the ability to express themselves through recreation courses.
The primary goal is to restore the essence and sentiment of Korean traditional folk theatrics. The curriculum focuses on practical courses on pungmul, shamanistic, masked dance performances and performances by professional performing groups. Ultimately, the Department intends to creatively inherit such tradition and make new kinds of folk theatrics which communicate with the present time. By doing so it will contribute to promoting traditional arts for the future.
For four years of undergraduate programs, students of all majors take practical courses on pungmul, shamanistic, masked dance performances and performances by professional performing groups. Such curriculum provides them various and comprehensive experiences of Korea traditional folk theatrics. A variety of repertoire with local uniqueness not only strengthens students' practical ability but also provides sources for creation. Considering this art genre covers musical instrument, song and dance, courses are also offered on percussions, traditional vocal music and dance, and melodic instrument, such as taepyungso. In addition, there are theoretical classes including History of Korean Folklore Performance, Criticism & Appreciation of Performing Arts, and Carnival & Folk to seek a balance between theory and practice.
The ultimate goal of the Department is to develop new kinds of folk theatrics which communicate with the present time. To this end, Production Course to Folklore Performance, Fieldwork of Traditional Theatrics, and Practice of Newly Composed Works are provided to promote creation. Such programs encourage students to: find sources from the past; set the themes of the stories in the present day; and make folk theatrics attractive to our contemporaries. With a goal to produce creative artists, the four-year curriculum helps students: restore the spirit of artists; skillfully perform various traditional arts; and explore all about the traditional folk theatrics in essence though courses on musical instrument, song, and dance.
To foster creative, capable, and professional composers based on Korean traditional music.
Based on the solid foundation of Korean traditional music, the department aims to foster creative, capable, and professional composers through new musical techniques and composing skills.
It helps students gain new musical techniques for the 21st century in addition to knowledge of existing Korean traditional music. Through this approach they will become professional composers and artists utilizing integrated thinking throughout the practice and composition processes.
Systematic and gradual curriculum based on the lesson-composition-performance-assessment model
The curriculum of the Korean Music Composition Department is focused on learning composition skills and the enhancement of performances in order to become professional composers. It also consists of humanities studies such as music theory, philosophy, aesthetics, music history, criticism to highlight integrated thinking, and composer spirit.
For four years, students take one-on-one lessons with different professors each year. Through group lessons of each grade, they can learn all of the skills and techniques needed for composition.
In addition, each semester, every student presents their one new composition in the performance class. Every year they also give a presentation at the regular performance of the Composition Department, which helps them to compose high quality pieces through the creation-performance-assessment process.
At the end of every semester students cast musicians to have them practice and record their own piece which was composed through one-on-one lessons with their professor. This performance is assessed by professors and students and is performed at the individual recital for graduation to help further develop their capability.
Integrated curriculum to develop creative capability across areas of study
By integrating various curriculums, it helps students not only to gain concrete musical theory, but also to develop their creative capacity for integrated thinking across curriculums.
The course of learning theories has traditional music technique classes 1~8 for four years to help students learn theories consistently and systematically. It also invites well-known persons in various fields, has creation workshops for discussion, and offers classes such as Western Music Composition Techniques, Korean Music History, Traditional Culture Medium and Contents, and Korean Musical Instruments Practice. In addition, students can study English and Chinese characters, writing, and philosophy, digital music notation, and midi practice to develop future content. Students can also expand their musical abilities to theatre music, dance music, movie music, practical music, and computer music through cooperation with other schools such as the School of Film, TV & Multimedia and the School of Drama.
Through intensified composition practice and theory curriculum, students develop fusion and complex thinking. The program fosters future professional artists and has composition major and conductor major courses.
Almost all of the graduate courses are two years. Individual students apply for two composition professors for one-on-one composition lessons. Students can learn various theoretical knowledge and composition skills systematically through classes such as Orchestration, Creation Workshop, Full Score Reading, Study of Korean Music Literature, and Art Study Methodology. Students have an opportunity to present their own work through KaMus, a community consisting of graduate school alumni that was founded in 2013. Students will present at least two pieces of their work and receive assessments at the end of every semester in order to continue to develop the level of quality of their work. In addition, for graduation they will write a thesis and have an individual recital based on capability and two-year study.