Department of Design, Graduate School of Design Strategic Design Course

Designing the future economic society through Design × Business × Entrepreneurship

Course Overview

Designing the future economic society through Design × Business × Entrepreneurship

Based on the Graduate School's philosophy and the goal of achieving a "world-class design education", Strategic Design Course aims to cultivate strategic designers who can accurately grasp, conceive, and implement various relationships and directions related to design strategies, develop design researchers who can evaluate and analyze these relationships and directions, nurture innovation leads who can construct methodologies for entrepreneurship and practice based on business knowledge and entrepreneurship and researchers with these specialties.

Students will gain competencies in design strategies that integrate Business and Entrepreneurship, drawing from diverse design expertise in product, environment, and service. There will be a wealth of opportunities to put theory into practice through the courses in partnership with Kyushu University Business School (QBS) and Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC), as well as industry projects across profit and non-profit sectors, providing an environment for collaborative and relevant learning. Through such experiences, students will gain design management skills and develop innovative design strategies for our socio-economic futures.

This course is designed to develop human resources with the following abilities.
・Social implementation of design
・Ability to grasp, conceive, and implement business-related strategies, evaluate and analyze them, and construct methodologies for starting and implementing businesses.

Creative Leadership Program

This program aims to develop advanced design talent with competencies in design, art, business, and leadership. The graduates of the Creative Leadership Program will become the next generation of leaders, who can use a highly creative approach to conceive a long-term vision for society and culture, develop an innovative proposal based on a deep understanding of human beings and the environment, and empathize and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to deliver on such value propositions in society by implementing innovative projects.

In cultivating these skills, the Graduate School of Design will take charge of areas related to creativity, such as design and art. We will collaborate with Kyushu University Business School (QBS) in business management and with the Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC) for entrepreneurship.

Students who complete the requirements will receive a program completion certificate. In order to complete this program, students are required to complete Studio Projects in addition to the prescribed lecture and seminar courses offered by the Strategic Design Course of the Graduate School of Design, QBS, and QREC.

This program is a collaboration between the Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University Business School (QBS), and the Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC). The program aims to develop "advanced design professionals" with four requirements: design, art, business, and leadership.

The list of course outlines for QBS courses is as follows:
*For non-QBS courses, please refer to the Kyushu University Syllabus System.


Faculty Members

Faculty members in Graduate School of Design

Faculty members in Strategic Design Course Strategic Design Course
Strategic Design
Name Position Field of Specialization
HIRAI Yasuyuki Professor Interior Design, Office Design, Interior Product Design, Inclusive Design
ASO Tsukasa Associate Professor Intellectual Property Law
MATSUGUMA Hiroyuki Associate Professor Computer Graphics Design
SUGIMOTO Yoshitaka Associate Professor Product Design, Industrial Design
TAMURA Ryoichi Associate Professor Design Management, Design Systems
TOKUHISA Satoru Associate Professor Field of Specialization Service Design, Innovation Management, Media Design
ZHANG Yanfang Lecturer Universal Design
INAMURA Tokushu Assistant Professor Design Engineering
SAKOTSUBO Tomohiro Assistant Professor Public Transportation Design, Product Design, Industrial Design


The following is a list of research facilities related to the course.


Graduates are expected to find employment in a variety of companies, such as manufacturers of home appliances, furniture, and toys; space, architecture, and urban planning-related companies; information and media-related companies; advertising agencies; trading and retail companies; infrastructure companies; and government agencies. They can also enter doctoral programs at graduate schools. After completing the second semester of the graduate program, they are expected to work as researchers in the companies' research institutes or educational research institutions such as universities.

Main Enployers
Industrial Designer, Product Designer, Service Designer, Design Strategist, Business Designer, Design Manager, Vision Designer, Entrepreneur, Design Researcher, Government Official, Researcher, etc.