Education at the undergraduate level is important for the following reasons. Following reorganization focused on the graduate school, education at the undergraduate level enables students to learn the basis of design thoroughly, meet the social needs for human resources, and opens the door to advancing to graduate school. In order to respond to social demands for fostering creative human resources with a well-rounded and in-depth education, and comprehensive judgment, we offer undergraduate-level education through organic collaboration between general education and study in a major field, taking into account the specific characteristics of design. Students can acquire comprehensive knowledge, which is essential to design, in a specifically planned fashion during their course of study.
The core mission of the Graduate School of Design is to apply technology through the integration of science, technology, and art. The integrated curriculum at the graduate school incorporates study methods that introduce the advances in various technologies and processes to design new functions so that they can be incorporated into our daily lives. In addition, the programs aim to develop designers with knowledge ranging from human science, society, to nature.
The Graduate school of Design consists of the Department of Design and the Department of Design Strategy.
The Department of Design Strategy consists of three concentrations: Design Business, Design and Architecture, and Design Experience.
The mission of the Design Strategy is to develop good judgment, creative abilities, professional designs, and provide practical experience to prepare students for the diverse coordination and orientation needed in strategically implementing their designs within the field of design business. In order to achieve this goal, the curriculum enhances four skills: the ability to integrate a wide range of designs and connect them to the planning, formulation, and implementation of projects; the ability to strategically advance a project and ensure a positive outcome; the ability to lead a project with responsibility and confidence; and the ability to quickly adapt and manage a sudden market change with a high degree of skill.
The Master course stimulates high level research, which creates professional level design strategies, allowing graduates to put their acquired knowledge into practical use at universities or corporations. Therefore, the main goal is to develop the ability of structuring a methodology of practical design strategy following the educational principles of the Design Strategy.
The Doctor course develops deeper understanding of research design strategies that are related to this field. Successful candidates from the doctor course should not only be considered high level researchers, but professionally qualified design producers and design strategists. The main goal is for students to obtain an extremely high level of strategic design, so they will be able to utilize their knowledge and practical skills at a variety of workplaces and situations.