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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

Support for Distance Learning and Management of New Degree Programs at the University of Tsukuba

The University of Tsukuba launched the New Coronavirus Infectious Disease Risk Response Team in January 2020 and compiled countermeasures for large-scale gatherings at the end of February. As a result, the decision was made to review the graduation ceremony’s operation method and cancel the entrance ceremony. A parallel task force was established to deal with the new semester. The task force discussed how to operate the educational organization from April onward, especially at what stage to start the new semester and how students and faculty members should respond to non-face-to-face classes. Since the university-wide comprehensive contract for Microsoft Office 365 was already in operation, we decided to use Microsoft Teams […]

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2021.7.5

Fundamentals of Modeling and Creative Activities and Expressions

The Department of Design and Applied Arts of Faculty of Arts in Hiroshima City University aims to conduct comprehensive education and research on art and craft related to society and life. We develop students with a fundamental skill in modeling expression and thereafter, they choose a specialization. There are 7 specializations: Visual Communication Design, Product Design, Digital Media, Metal Design, Textiles, Lacquer Arts and Contemporary Art and Theory. We aim to foster individuals that are flexible, creative and expressive that can contribute to improving society and shaping a new era.   Annual Chart ●University-wide Common Subjects ●Foreign Language Subjects ●Qualification Subjects — In the first year, students acquire a wide range of […]

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2021.7.3

How do We adapt Technology into Human Life?

Kyushu University’s School of Design was founded in 1968 as Japan’s first Institute of Design to offer education and research in the field of design. The institute started with four departments (Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Acoustic Design). In 1997, the number of departments increased to five with the establishment of the Department of Art and Information Design. Then, in 2003, the institution integrated with Kyushu University. From 2020, the school has only one department, Department of Design, with five courses and a flexible curriculum that allows students to study based on their interests. The School of Design aims to train students to become designers who possess […]

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2021.7.2

COVID-19 and "Humanization of Technology"

Behind the “humanization of technology” as the founding philosophy of the Kyushu Institute of Design is an urgent need for the appropriate use of science and technology for the realization of people’s well-being in order to solve the various social problems associated with the rapid economic growth. Today, fifty years later, we are facing serious social issues brought about by a pandemic, and the important task is to overcome these difficulties and restore human life through “humanization of technology”. How did Kyushu University Faculty of Design Respond? Due to the impact of COVID-19, which has been spreading since the beginning of 2020, Kyushu University has decided to conduct all classes […]

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2021.7.2

New Ways of Living and Working with COVID-19 and Singularity

COVID-19 and Singularity The spread of the new coronavirus has led to a search for new ways of living and working. We were forced to take online lessons at Okayama Prefectural University. When thinking about new lifestyles and design, we had a chance to think about the Singularity (Technical Singularity), the point at which artificial intelligence will be able to surpass human capabilities. If we are to reach the Singularity, would design survive? What do we need to do to survive? We believe that the jobs that require communication with people and the jobs of creators who create new things will have a high probability of survival. The face-to-face classes, […]

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2021.7.2

Toward New Design Education and Research

The current Department of Design, Chiba University is arranged as one of the courses in the integrated Department pf Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering. At the graduate school, it is positioned as one of the courses of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Division of Creative Engineering. The educational system is the same as before, with students receiving education in each course and involved in research such as graduate studies, master’s theses, and doctoral dissertations. However, the faculty members are organized separately from the students’ educational courses and belong to a single course called the Department of Integrated Engineering in the Graduate School of Engineering. Our goal is […]

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2021.7.2

Responding to an Ever-Changing Society

Akita University of Art was established as an arts and crafts school by Akita City in 1952, and has since grown from a vocational school to a junior college, before becoming a four-year university in 2013. This year marks the eighth anniversary of the opening of the University, which has a long history of about 70 years, and has innovated its educational system in accordance with each era. With the advent of the information society, society’s structure continues to change at an accelerated pace, through activities that transcend various fields and domains. In order to break free from the stereotypes and ties of the past and adapt to the openness […]

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2021.7.2

Campus Life Creation Month for New Coronavirus Response

The Faculty of Design, Sapporo City University has set up a new coronavirus-response campus life creation month (June 29 – July 31) so that students can safely spend time on campus for face-to-face classes, which have partially resumed in the latter half of the first semester. When students resumed school, the School of Design announced a strict principle: “No private conversations! Although it was not mandatory, it was a message from the Faculty of Design to encourage students to be very careful in their resumed university life. On the other hand, we also want student to enjoy this kind of life as creators, so we decided to hold a design […]

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2021.7.2

Cross-Disciplinary Education Managed by Faculty Members from Multiple Academic Departments Working Together

The University of Tsukuba Arts Organization started its activities in 1975, one and a half years after the founding of the University of Tsukuba. From the beginning, the educational and faculty organizations have been separated. The undergraduate art specialization programs and the department of arts were the first to be organized. The graduate school had an independent Master of Arts program and a five-year integrated doctoral of arts program. The system was such that students from the specialized school group had to choose either the master or the doctoral program. With design studies in graduate school during generalization in 1991, we can offer research and education in design at the […]

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2021.7.2

Approaches to Distance Learning in Product Design

At Chiba University, the start of classes was delayed to May 7 as a university-wide policy to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. In addition, because some students may not have sufficient communication and computer environments, the university has instructed that classes not to be held in a simultaneous interactive format but held in an on-demand format, with audio and video materials uploaded in advance to the university’s class support system for students to view at their convenience. In response, the faculty members in charge, including part-time lecturers, had a discussion and concluded that while we should not abandon students who are not ready for the environment, we should […]

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2021.7.2

Fusion of Various Design Areas and Advanced Engineering Areas

Our department/academic area is unique in the world as a design course within the faculty and the graduate school of science and engineering and a department where a wide range of product and media design fields coexist. The faculty’s most distinctive feature is that it provides comprehensive education and research on various systems that aim to be realized in the next generation and near future by taking a mathematical and systems engineering approach and a design engineering approach that emphasizes human sensitivity. In this department, we aim to develop unique human resources by making the most of the department’s characteristics and distinguishing ourselves from design departments in other universities such […]

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2021.7.2

The Challenge of Covid-19 in the Department of Industrial Art

Due to the impact of Covid-19, which started in the latter half of February 2020, the seminars for each laboratory were the first to carry out online in a timely manner. At the Department of Industrial Arts (IA), faculty members and current students were already communicating with each other using iawiki (a wiki-style departmental information aggregation website, hereafter “wiki”) and Slack. Therefore, we decided to promote information sharing by thoroughly utilizing wiki and Slack at Corona College. On the other hand, to communicate information to new students, we prepared and mailed a separate form for students to register for the wiki and Slack. As a result, most new students could […]

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2021.7.2

Kanazawa College of Art's "Coronavirus and New Lifestyle and Design" Initiatives

Introduction of Distance Learning Kanazawa College of Art has been promoting education under the motto “Think with Hands, Make with heart” in its educational guidelines, and has been placing great importance on small-group, face-to-face education. Although our university has kept a distance from distance education, the spread of COVID-19 has forced us to take a major step toward the introduction of online classes. Here I would like to mainly summarize the development of our distance learning system and the results of our preparations for the new semester, which supposed to start in early April 2020 and was pushed back to May 11, 2020, and a review of our current situation. […]

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2021.7.2