Abstract This study used the Department of Digital Media Design and Management of Far East University as an example of teaching and learning for pictogram design courses. The students were arranged to participate in the 2015 Taiwan international student design competition, with their creative poster designs for the subject “embrace”. The designs were evaluated through the cross-school cooperation between the 2 professional design teachers. The outstanding designs were selected for the competition. It was hoped to inspire the university students’ creativity and ambitions and to help improve their professional abilities in creative design.