Designing the "prototype" of the future
class of 2015
Design consultant, Institute of Future Design, Design HQ, Panasonic Corporation
The Industrial Design Course trains designers and researchers—including creators, planners, and engineers—who build safe, desirable products, services, living environments, and social systems with a newfound bird’s-eye perspective and appreciation for the consumer’s standpoint. The course is designed around social connections and an understanding of the many aspects of human behavior.
The course consists of a systematic, multifaceted curriculum that is based on aesthetics, engineering, and science as they pertain to design theories and methodologies for social implementation. The educational structure is comprised of lectures and exercises that build off each other to deepen students’ understanding and equip them with critical industrial design knowledge and skills. The curriculum is made up of specialized subjects that can be tailored to student interests and orientations, specifically in the core areas of ergonomics and creative design, whose theories and practices will become the foundation of any specialty.
Many of our academic faculty are involved in the education and research of design at universities all over Japan, and this course is one of the nation’s starting points for design education. Students are active as much in the classroom as they are outside of it, with plenty of extracurricular activities and many student groups going on to win design awards in Japan and abroad.
The International Program aims to develop the stance, attitudes, and communication skills necessary to work independently in international society and to develop human resources with specialized design knowledge and skills and a sense of identity of their own country. By studying abroad or taking equivalent courses, students will learn approaches, methods, and ideas for design that do not exist in Japan to broaden their scope of design.
For more information about the international program, please check the website.
|Name||Position||Field of Specialization|
|HIGUCHI Shigekazu||Professor||Physiological Anthropology, Chronobiology, Sleep Science, Kansei Science|
|HIRAI Yasuyuki||Professor||Interior Design, Office Design, Interior Product Design, Inclusive Design|
|KIYOSUMI Masahiro||Professor||Brand Design, Promotional Design,Social Experience Design|
|MAEDA Takafumi||Professor||Physiological Anthropology, Environmental Ergonomics, Thermal Physiology|
|MURAKI Satoshi||Professor||Ergonomics for All Ages and Abilities|
|TOGO Yasushi||Professor||Social System Design, Project Management, Regional Policy Management, Regional Branding|
|AKITA Naoshige||Associate Professor||Interior Design, Interior Product Design, Science of Design, Inclusive Design|
|FUJI Tomoaki||Associate Professor||Machine Design|
|MATSUMAE Akane||Associate Professor||Social Psychology, Creativity, Participatory Design, Relationship Design, Social Innovation|
|SAITO Toshifumi||Associate Professor||Creative Direction, Art Direction, Advertising Design, Museum Design|
|SOGABE Haruka||Associate Professor||Design Process, Sign Design, Public Space Design|
|SUGIMOTO Yoshitaka||Associate Professor||Product Design, Industrial Design|
|TAMURA Ryoichi||Associate Professor||Design Management, Design Systems|
|NISHIMURA Takayuki||Lecturer||Physiological Anthropology|
|LOH Ping Yeap||Assistant Professor||Physical Ergonomics, Occupational Therapy|
|MOTOMURA Yuki||Assistant Professor||Physiological Anthropology, Kansei science, Psychophysiology|
|SAKOTSUBO Tomohiro||Assistant Professor||Public Transportation Design, Product Design, Industrial Design|
|SAWAI Kenichi||Assistant Professor||Mathematical Engineering, Mathematical Modeling of Perception|
The following is a list of research facilities related to the course.
Around half of these graduates go on to graduate school and another half go on to employment in their respective fields of study. Our graduates go on to successful careers in a variety of industries that include home appliance and automobile design and furniture manufacturing; space design, architecture, and urban planning; trading; advertising; printing and publishing; information technology; banking; and government and public service. Those who go on to complete their graduate studies often become researchers, either in-house at private research institutes or at educational and research institutions such as universities, or pursue careers in the industries listed above.