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Wide, Shallow, Deep, Design Education

The educational philosophy of Kanazawa College of Art, Department of Design, Interior & Architectural Design course is to cultivate human resources who can combine various methods and expression to propose ideas beautifully. In line with the philosophy, we study and practice cross-disciplinary design education with five faculty members of different specialization, in Kanazawa, where tradition and innovation resonate. In addition to landscapes, architecture, and interiors design that are related to spatial design, the course also includes products and graphics design which is on a scale closer to humans. Hence, it is possible to learn continuously from landscape scales to packages that humans can pick up. In this course, the teachers […]

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2020.3.31

Ability for Designing x Basic Ability Necessary in Society x Ability for Creating Concepts

Nagaoka Institute of Design (NID) was established in 1994 with support of Nagaoka City and Niigata Prefecture as the first public-private institution in Japan specializing in the field of design. NID changed its status and re-started as an institution operated by the Public University Corporation under Nagaoka City from 2014, but its philosophy was never changed. Students learn to design by exploring their creativities and collaborate actively with the communities. Although the composition of departments has been adjusted few times, there is one faculty in the Undergraduate School (4 departments in different fields of study) and the Graduate School (Master’s Program/Doctoral Program). The educational goal of the institution since the […]

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2020.3.31

Nurturing "The Next-Generation Engineering Personnel" with High Creativity

Kagawa University, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Department of Engineering and Design cultivates next-generation engineering personnel who accurately grasp changes in the times and create innovations that fit the needs of society and people. In particular, the media and product design course aim to foster human resources who can create things of meaningful value that are creative and have social significance through a curriculum that pursues the logic required for engineering and the sensibility necessary for design and art. Practical research at four research studios with design thinking as the basis of education. ・Engineering design studio (producing features and systems based on new ideas) ・Product design studio (presenting new ways […]

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2020.3.31

Aiming for a New Design Division in 2023

Japan’s First Public University for the Arts The Kyoto City University of Arts is the oldest university in the country as a public arts university, which originated from Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting, established in 1880. Design education began in 1939 as a design department of Kyoto City College of Painting, and in 1950, design education started as an art university. Since then, under the guidance of Felice Rix-Ueno and Professor Isaburo, design education has started in Japan, influenced by the unique Vienna studio. Since then, we have been conducting design education under the three major areas – visual design, environmental design, and product design. However, with the recent changes […]

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2020.3.31

Features of Akita University of Art (Faculty of Art, Department of Art)

At Akita University of Art, students take on the creation of new artistic fields unbound by preexisting concepts, in response to the needs of the modern world. We pursue the potential and commonality of art by taking advantage of the cultural resources of Akita, a land blessed by nature and rich traditions, to foster talented individuals who use their artistic sensibilities and creativity to make a difference in Japanese and global society. The entrance examination is comprehensive, not specialized according to desired major. Upon admission, students examine basic concepts of quality, perspective, ideas, research, thought processes and communication, creating a foundation for more specialized study under instructors who work on […]

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2020.3.31

Aim: The Intersection of "Design Engineering" and "Media Engineering"

The Division of Design and Media Technology was established in 2009. It started from the master’s program and the doctoral program at the time of establishment. Currently, after the undergraduate reorganization in 2016 and the graduate school reorganization (master’s course) in 2018, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (doctoral course) started in 2019. All the master programs belong to one graduate school. At this university, four majors are established in the Graduate School of Science (Master’s Program), and each major has a course. For the doctoral program, three majors have been established at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, one of which is the design and media technology […]

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2020.3.26

Pioneering New Relationships between Humans and Computers

Our university was founded in 2000 with the philosophy of “Open space, Open mind”. We want to develop (1) a high professional capability in Systems Information Science; (2) the ability to explore and conceptualize problems supported by research skills and associated attitudes; (3) the ability to express information through teamwork and co-creation; (4) the ability to learn autonomously and continuously (meta-learning); (5) humanity required for a specialist. The undergraduate program aims for students to acquire the ideas, knowledge, and techniques necessary to design human-centered information systems. Students learn the fundamentals of information design, cognitive psychology, programming, etc. Also, how to think and construct advanced information systems and comfortable information environments. […]

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2020.3.23

What is the Best Way to Nurture Entrepreneurship?

Kyoto Institute of Technology runs “Kyoto Startup Summer School (KS3)” as part of its design education. Organized by KYOTO Design Lab, it is Japan’s most international startup program conducted fully in English. The mission of KS3 is for students to become excited about startups, learn how to build successful startups, and take the first steps in creating a startup. Lecture on a hardware module   History KS3 started in 2016 as a modest 2-day program that brought together 12 participants and 4 lecturers and workshop facilitators. The program was constructed out of different modules such as “fundraising” and “marketing for startups”. After the successful beta test, the program expanded significantly […]

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2020.3.20

Okayama Prefectural University Faculty of Design Reorganization Planning in Progress

Okayama Prefectural University was established in 1993 as Japan’s first university with a Faculty of Design. At that time, the Faculty of Design started with two departments: Visual Design, Craft and Industrial Design. With the changes of the times, two reorganizations have occurred, and currently, there are two departments: Design and Technology and Aesthetic Design.  However, in recent years, in response to the strong requests from the community, the current field of Architecture and Urban Design in the Department of Design and Technology will become independent as a department. Also, since the times have significantly changed, we want to promote education in fields that include planning, sharing, and distribution, which […]

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2020.3.20

Inter-Faculty Educational Collaboration: A New Framework for Design

Sapporo City University is a new university in Japan that opened in 2006. It is characterized by a unique initiative in which only two faculties, the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Nursing, and the undergraduate education of the faculties are linked. The collaboration between the two faculties extends not only to education but also to research and university management. We have fostered interdisciplinary relationships for more than 13 years and termed it as D x N. The question “What is the significance of the academic collaboration of design and nursing?” is one of the questions often asked by many university officials. To us, the close collaboration on education […]

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2020.3.20

SDGs Design International Awards 2019 "Final Presentation and Award Ceremony" Part 2

The results have finally been announced (click here for the previous part). After the presentation, Professor Yasuyuki Hirai of Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, gave a comment on each work and a general comment on this award. In addition, the comments of the three groups who were interviewed at the venue on that day will also be posted. Grand Prize: Extended Island Zhejiang A&F University Tang Zhongyu, Zheng Qingqing, Xu Mengting, Zhang Qing and Miao Wenqi Review The floating mass system, which uses seaweed cultivation, creates a sea forest in the intertidal zone and the coast to restore the ecosystem, is convincing and highly evaluated. It is also wonderful that […]

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2020.3.15

SDGs Design International Awards 2019 "Final Presentation and Award Ceremony" Part 1

The “SDGs Design International Awards 2019” was held in 2019 by the Kyushu University, Faculty of Design’s SDGs Design Unit and Center for Designed Futures, inviting students from around the world to submit innovative ideas and designs addressing SDGs. On March 14th, 2020 (Saturday), the “SDGs Design International Awards 2019 Final Presentation and Award Ceremony” was held in the multi-purpose building at Kyushu University’s Ohashi Campus. The theme for this competition was “Changing the World through Design.” Students from around the world with interest in design were invited to submit their ideas on how to solve various issues. This competition served as an opportunity for the youth, the leaders of […]

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2020.3.15

"The 1st Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference" Part 2

Click here to read the 1st Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference report article (first part) Second part (latter half) Discussion After the case study, it was followed by a discussion on several topics of interest surrounding university design studies, the challenges faced by the universities, the example of success, discussions on what to expect in the future, and the possible themes for the conference in the future. Below are some of the topics. Creating a new organization Future University Hakodate   Looking at the case studies, the direction of reorganization at all universities is similar. When I look at the universities overseas, I feel that […]

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2019.10.6

"The 1st Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference" Part 1

The 1st Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the International Design Liaison Center in Tokyo Midtown Design Hub.Under the organizer of the Kyushu University Faculty of Design, the Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University, and the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, a total of 18 universities attended the conference. Before the program commenced, Mr Akira Tamagami, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr Takuya Kikuchi, Assistant Manager of the Cool Japan Policy Division and Design Policy Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Service Group, gave short speeches. The […]

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2019.10.6

New Design Education Starting in 2020

Kyushu University School of Design was formed in 2003 when Kyushu Institute of Design merged with Kyushu University. The institute was established in 1968 with four departments, namely Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Acoustic Design. In 1997, the department of Art and Information Design was established as the fifth department. Since the establishment, there have been numerous social issues involving a change in values, such as declining birth rate and aging population, global environmental problems, and the sustainability of economic activities. As such, it is necessary to reexamine design education, given that the design field is expanding due to the present issues. Currently, the field of design […]

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2019.9.13