Department of Design, Graduate School of Design Acoustic Design Course

A course that fosters individuals capable of creating human-friendly sound environments, improving the quality of acoustic information, and creating sound-related art and culture

The Acoustic Design Course aims to cultivate individuals with comprehensive problem-solving skills in a wide range of fields, such as sound-related arts, sciences, and technologies. Through subjects in four systems: Design Science, Design Engineering, Design and Production, and Cultural and Social Design, students acquire and deepen their specialized knowledge and develop their ability to realize their sound design sensibilities, acoustic design to create a sonic environment adaptable to humans, the improvement of the quality of acoustic information, and the creation of art and culture related to sound. Through these activities, students acquire the ability to approach multiple aspects of design objects from the viewpoints of culture, environment, and information related to sound, and to pioneer new fields of design related to sound.


Fields of Study

  • Sound Culture

    Students will learn about the characteristics and issues of sound culture by utilizing their knowledge and practical skills related to the history and culture of sound and music, work production, and expression theory and techniques.

  • Acoustic Environmental Engineering

    Based on a foundation of mathematics and engineering, students will learn about the analysis, control, and evaluation of sound, the design of sound environments suitable for all people, and the proper processing and transmission of acoustic information.

  • Acoustic Informatics Science

    Students will learn about human information processing from a scientific perspective, including the perceptual system and physiological mechanisms related to human audiovisual perception and communication through speech.
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  • Fosters capable personnel who can play an important role in the total communication design of audiovisual information based on advanced and cutting-edge knowledge of art, science, and technology related to sound.

    The course provides practical education in basic and applied research and the production of works covering a wide range of sound-related arts, sciences, and technologies. First, through the Course Core Subjects, students will acquire the ability to plan and engage in research and production that contributes to the creation of sound-related art and culture, the creation of human-compatible acoustic environments, and the improvement of the quality of acoustic information. In addition, through electives, students acquire the ability to integrate and apply specialized knowledge and solve various problems related to acoustic design. After acquiring various practical skills through Studio Projects and Design Practice, students submit a master's thesis or a master's work.

Cultural Hall Management Engineer Training Program

Hall Management Engineer (HME): is a theater manager who plays a role in coordinating the activities of the many professionals working in cultural and artistic facilities such as theaters and music halls.

What is required of this person is,
(1) Engineering knowledge of stage mechanisms, sound and lighting,
(2) Knowledge and sensitivity about culture and art,
(3) Knowledge of public policy for the promotion of regional culture and arts,
(4) Plan and implement regional culture and art promotion projects
the ability to oversee a wide range of these fields and able to perform comprehensive management and operation of the facility.


Faculty Members

Faculty members in
Acoustic Design
Name Position Field of Specialization
KABURAGI Tokihiko Professor Speech Information Processing
OMOTO Akira Professor Applied Acoustical Engineering
SAMEJIMA Toshiya Professor Acoustic Engineering
TAKADA Masayuki Professor Psychoacoustics, Environmental Acoustics
JO Kazuhiro Associate Professor Media Arts
KAWAHARA Kazuhiko Associate Professor Performance Evaluation of Acoustic Engineering System
NISHIDA Hiroko Associate Professor Musicology, Music Theory & Analysis, Music Culture
REMIJN, Gerard Bastiaan Associate Professor Perceptual Psychology
UEDA Kazuo Associate Professor Psychology of Hearing
YAMAUCHI Katsuya Associate Professor Psychoacoustics, Noise Control Engineering
YOSHINAGA Yukiyasu Associate Professor Signal Processing, Image Processing
HASUO Emi Assistant Professor Cognitive science, Psychology of music
INOUE Naohisa Assistant Professor Architectural Acoustics, Computational Acoustics
JAMIESON, Daryl Assistant Professor Composition, Aesthetics of Music
MURAKAMI Yasuki Assistant Professor Auditory Information Processing
SOMURA Mizuki Assistant Professor Musicology, History of Japanese Music
WAKAMIYA Kohei Assistant Professor Speech Science


They are expected to play an active role in various companies related to sound, such as manufacturers of acoustic and communication equipment, electric appliances, musical instruments, etc., architectural acoustics and noise control-related, software and communication-related, and companies' research laboratories.

Main Employers
Acoustic communication systems, hearing aids, electrical appliances-related, musical instrument manufacturing, acoustic measurement, architectural acoustics, noise control, automobiles, software and system engineers, transportation industry, broadcasting, performing arts, telecommunications, universities and research institutes.

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