Design Academia - 国公立デザイン系大学会議

What is the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities?

To solve the diverse and complex issues of society that have been accumulated in the 20th century, design plays an important role. The role of design – identifying the needs, exploring the solutions from various perspectives, guiding towards concrete solutions, proposing and verifying, is recognized as an effective method in all stages of the creative process.

With the increasing social role and expectations on design, we believe as the center for education and research in design studies; we need to rebuild the concept and methodology of design. As a result, the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities was established to create a new domain of academic research through collaboration with design universities in Japan and other Asian countries.

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Internationalization of the Faculty of Design and the International Office

Establishment of International Office, Faculty of Design In April 2020, the Faculty of Design established the “International Office” to strategically promote internationalization (Fig. 1, Fig. 2). Previously, internationalization was done through individual faculty members, organically linking internationalization operations that were scattered among various departments. The purpose of establishing this office is to systematically promote internationalization and provide a single point of contact (one-stop) for internationalization. The logo of the International Office (IO), Faculty of Design. It is designed to represent the many students and faculty members who will spread their wings to the world through the IO and gather at the Faculty of Design. The Coronavirus Pandemic Right after we […]

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2021.12.3

The 3rd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference

Twenty-two japanese universities with a proven track record in the field of design and the Japan Institute of Design Promotion will collaborate to hold the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference in FY2019. The purpose of the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference is to create new academic research areas in collaboration with design universities in Japan and other Asian countries, form an international research center for design studies, and promote design study education research. The Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference focuses on the culture, arts, industry, and human resource development in Asia. It […]

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2021.9.22

Towards the Interdisciplinary of "Design Engineering" and "Media Engineering"

At Iwate University’s Graduate School, for Design and Media Technology (Master’s Course, Doctor`s Major), students can study design technology and media technology. In design technology, students learn about the environment, products and content, while in media technology, research is conducted on the basic technologies that support design. The aim is to create a deeper learning and research environment by approaching specialized fields from both media technology and design technology. At the same time, groups of students from different fields, including international students, engage in problem-solving projects to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge, mutual communication skills, communication skills through group learning. We aim to develop human resources who can play an active role […]

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2021.7.5

Our Thoughts on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Akita University of Art started the 2020 school year with the genuine question of how to proceed with education and research during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: how to look at the pandemic beyond the purely negative light of the current moment, and view it from a more neutral perspective, as a phenomenon which has been repeating throughout history. How have humans behaved in the face of biological and environmental change? And what are the implications of Akita University of Art’s efforts? This may sound a bit dramatic, but what kind of ingenuity can be achieved by looking at the social situation we are facing now as a point on […]

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2021.7.5