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The Succession and Development of Art and Craft and the Promotion of Local Culture and Industry

Kanazawa College of Art was founded in 1946, amidst post-war confusion and desperation. It has inherited and developed arts and crafts with the enthusiasm of Kanazawa citizens who loved learning, loved traditions, and sought to contribute to the peace of humankind and aims to promote local culture and industry. In 1955, it was approved as a four-year university to engage in unique education and academic research in the field of arts, crafts, and design. Since then, the university has produced many living national treasures and first-line creators and has supported the development of culture and the arts at home and abroad. In 2023, the university will be moving to a […]

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2021.7.2

Acquire the Ability to Design for the Modern World

Shizuoka University of Art and Culture is a public university consisting of two faculties and two graduate schools: The Faculty of Cultural Policy and Management and the Faculty of Design, and the Graduate School of Cultural Policy and Management and the Graduate School of Design. It was opened in 2000 as a private university with “Public-Private System” in collaboration with the local industry. At the time of its opening, the university consisted of three departments in the School of Cultural Policy and three departments in the School of Design, to develop human resources who can respond to the demands of the times and being open to the region, the world, […]

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2021.7.2

Design Class Policy for 2020

Effectiveness of the System in Distance Learning On April 17, 2020, the university announced a policy that all first semester classes will be conducted entirely by remote learning from May 11 to August 7, 2020. To make full use of the university’s information facilities, it was recommended that, as a rule, all faculties use the “manaba” learning support system for on-demand classes, and “PowerPoint” files with narration be used for viewing. However, seminar classes and other classes were also allowed in real-time interactive classes. When conducting real-time classes, the use of Microsoft Teams is recommended because all students can use “Office365”. The university, which has about 1,450 students, had only […]

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2021.7.2

Social Interaction Design in Practice

The problems faced by modern society are characterized by a complexity that cannot be solved by a single technology or thinking approach. Today’s society requires “design thinking” to seek the real structure underlying problem phenomena and to propose new solutions by editing various technologies. The Design Program at Kyoto Institute of Technology defines the new role and function of design as social interaction design. It aims to nurture human resources who can create not only products but also new services and implement them in society. Future designers who practice social interaction design will be required to have the ability to 1) create new value, 2) collaborate across different disciplines, and […]

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2021.7.2

Online Workshop on Designing the Future After the Coronavirus "(Re)generating Japan - speculating a new “new normal” after COVID-19”

Many projects that were initially planned at the KYOTO Design Lab of Kyoto Institute of Technology were canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus. As part of its efforts to develop new ways of collaboration through remote workshops and lectures, an online workshop project, “(Re)generating Japan – speculating a new “new normal” after COVID-19” (https://www.d-lab.kit.ac.jp/news/2020/regenerating-japan/) was conducted. This project is an experiment in which the university, as a testing ground for society, seeks new models of education and practice, and new areas of activity. Using the “new lifestyle” proposed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as a starting point, we invited participants of all nationalities and fields of […]

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2021.7.2

Creating an Enriching Life and New Cultural Values

The Faculty of Design at Okayama Prefectural University was established as the first faculty in Japan to bear the name of design. It has produced many designers, professionals, and researchers through its specialized education and research in design. Based on these achievements, the Faculty of Design, as the embodiment of practical learning, aims to nurture human resources who can contribute to the region and the world, with the design and management skills necessary to create an enriching life and a new culture in a changing society. The Faculty of Design has undergone two departmental reorganizations. From the academic year 2021, we will be offering new design education in three departments: […]

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2021.7.2

Design for Hope and Empathy

Nagoya City University School of Design and Architecture and Graduate School of Design and Architecture are based on architecture in the broad sense, that is design and concept as the pillars of research and education, and a place that integrates various disciplines to build empathy for people and society and hope for the future. Nagoya City University is a comprehensive university with seven faculties and seven graduate schools: Medical, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Design and Architecture, Nursing, and Biology and Integrated Life Science (Graduate School of Natural Sciences). The Faculty of Design and Architecture was established in 1996. It provides design education rooted in a broad range […]

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2021.7.2

Hybrid Lessons Combining Face-to-Face and Remote Lessons

Nagoya City University Faculty of Design and Architecture has created a hybrid system of face-to-face and remote classes for the first semester of the 2020 academic year, with three different teaching patterns. In the first pattern, one class is divided into two classrooms, with a teacher giving a lecture in one of the classrooms and the lesson being streamed simultaneously via ZOOM in the other classroom through projection and loudspeaker. In the classroom without a teacher, a teaching assistant will check the communication status. In the second pattern, half of the students in a class take a face-to-face lesson in the classroom, and the other half take a “Zoom” class […]

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2021.7.2

Corona Damaged: From the response of Kyoto University of Arts (Design Division, Product Design Major)

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Kyoto City University of Arts has decided to hold the first semester of 2020 classes remotely. The following is an introduction to the practical classes at the Department of Product Design under these circumstances. Since the year before last, the Product Design major has changed the curriculum of its practical classes to set their own goals and control the curriculum proactively. Specifically, we have shifted from the traditional approach of building up from basics to specialties to “elective assignments” where students can freely choose their assignments for each half year. Students in the second to the fourth year of the program will participate in […]

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2021.7.2

Small-Group Art Education Through the Seto Inland Sea Areas

The Department of Art and Design at Onomichi City University is a relatively small art university with about 50 students in Year 1 and 15 faculty members, and 3 assistants in each course. There are three courses: Japanese painting, Oil painting, and Design, and students in each course can receive highly specialized guidance from faculty members. One of the features of our department’s art education is that all Year 1 students experience all the three courses of practical training in the first year through the basic modeling subjects to cultivate basic modeling skills. Students will select the course in the Year 2 based on their experience and aptitude. Compared to […]

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2021.7.2

Distance Learning Using "Microsoft Teams

 The first semester of the 2020 school year began with compliance to COVID-19 measures. Regular face-to-face lessons were suspended, which led to a major challenge of how to give concrete form to art education acquired through physical experience. It was an opportunity to rethink our fundamental relationship with art, which we usually take for granted. For the Year 1 and 2 students, in particular, it is essential to have a “place” where they can understand and acquire basic skills through dialogue with their teachers to have a sense of the distance from their subjects while struggling with the materials and confirming the production process. It was the first time for […]

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2021.7.2

Fostering the Next Generation of Engineering Professionals to Create Innovation

Kagawa University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design has adopted a single-department system in order to conduct interdisciplinary education and research to create new value and integrate different fields. We have established the following seven courses, taking into consideration the fields that are in high demand in the society and the fields that have become increasingly popular in recent years.   【Faculty of Engineering and Design’s 7 Courses】 Media and Product Design Course Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering Course Disaster and Crisis Management Course Computer Science, Systems, and Security Course Information and Communications Technology Course Mechanical Systems Course Advanced Materials Science Course   With the aim to foster “next-generation engineering human […]

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2021.7.2

Considering "Art and Culture": A New Design Field

In the inevitability of art history and industrial/technology history, the art field has been divided into many fields such as architecture, painting, sculpture, craft, and industrial design. It can be said that the role of (industrial) design in the 20th century was to “present new aesthetics in a capitalist society”. However, the rapid industrial innovation and social transformation that originated in ICT in recent years are expelling the old concept and demanding new adaptation not only for people’s lives but also for the value of life. The role of design that is required in the future is to “present new humanity in the next era”, but it is difficult to […]

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2021.7.2

Rethinking Design Education Brought About By COVID-19

It is no secret that university education has been dramatically affected by the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic. Kagawa University has taken the same measures as other universities in Japan, such as canceling the entrance ceremony, postponing the start of classes, and banning face-to-face lectures. The faculty members are responding with emergency teaching methods in place of regular classes. They are also focusing on providing more support to students than ever before, including understanding their living and learning environment and providing psychological support. The state of emergency was lifted, and face-to-face classes have resumed in the seminar and practical training courses from June 18. However, online and on-demand remote lessons […]

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2021.7.2

Students' Initiated Support Activities during the COVID-19 Disaster

At Saga University, we have prepared “Webex,” which supports synchronous remote classes, and “Office365 Teams,” which can be used for on-demand distribution of materials and project-based classes, to support classes during COVID-19. We also launched the “Online Class Portal” in March to support teachers. In addition, a support group called “Gechide no Tamago“, which was voluntarily set up by volunteer students of the Faculty of Art and Regional Design to provide online support to new students played an active role. “Gechide” is a Japanese acronym for “Art”, “Community” and “Design”. The support for using the tools of the online classes is created from the perspective of the students taking the […]

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2021.6.24

"The 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference" Part 2

Click here to read the 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference report article (first part) A question-and-answer session was followed, after the three universities presented their reports. Below are some of the questions and answers discussed.   Saga University “Resilience for Creation – What kind of ability to survive in this future?” Tokyo Metropolitan University ”How do you provide support to students during regular classes?” Saga University ”Now that everything is online, the reality is that classes are not possible without students’ help. I have seminar students in their second and third years to help me in the Teacher Assistant (TA) type of work. The workload on […]

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2021.4.23