The academic structure of SUTD is designed to support a curriculum that develops technically-grounded leaders who will contribute to society through technology and design and make an impact on the world. Our academic programmes are designed with an “outside-in” approach that starts with considering industry’s needs and delves deeply into the challenges the world faces today. Based on the concept that society needs products, processes, systems and services, SUTD is structured not via traditional disciplines but into four pillars (core areas of specialisation).
The SUTD undergraduate programme is divided into two distinct portions, Freshmore (Terms 1 to 3) and Pillar (Terms 4 to 8). The Freshmore terms provide students with the fundamentals which prepare them for a specialisation in any of the four pillars.