Craft Design Course is the learning and experimenting field to practice monodukuri (creative design and manufacturing) with an aim to create a better living environment, while focusing on five kinds of materials closely related to our daily life. In this economic efficiency-based society flooded with rapid information and excessive goods, Japanese aesthetics, such as respect for nature and design bringing the best of materials, is gathering much attention from the world now.


The course is divided into sub-courses including Woodwork, Metalwork, Glassmaking, Ceramics, and Textile, and students will produce and propose items such as furniture, interior furnishing, accessory, tableware, fabric and others, while exploring possibilities of craft handwork and product design. One of unique characteristics of the course is the joint review and presentation of each assignments attended by all five sub-courses. In addition, social outreach programs, including special lectures given by creators from fields, joint research with companies, overseas workshops, public exhibitions and others, are actively executed, in addition to regular assignments.


After graduation, some of graduates establish themselves as craft artists and fine artists engaging in creative production based on original ideas, while exploring further possibilities of materials and craft techniques. Also, other graduates looks to the diversified society, and take active part in the field of interior / fashion / product designs as designers with expertise and experience in material.


Craft Design 1: “Eat”: Production of Rice Bowl
Students make a rice bowl, the most familiar tableware for the Japanese, using a pottery wheel. They learn and understand the dietary habit and manners of the Japanese; study the daily use and imagines an everyday meal such as white rice or rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients; materialize the idea into a form; and produce a rice bowl.

Craft Design 2: “Drink”: Production of Cup and Saucer
In the assignment, students focus on enrichment of daily life and gathering of people, then produce a cup and saucer considering location and time of the use. They are expected to improve the pottery wheel technique, and pay attention to how to combine and create a good balance of cup and saucer.

Craft Design 3: “Pour” : Production of Pitcher
Students design a vessel for pouring liquid such as milk or salad dressing, and produce the piece using slip-cast technique. They learn and understand functions required for pouring and holding, and study the relationship between function and form. They experience production of plaster prototype and the slip-cast method, and then understand design process of mass production.

Craft Design 4: Form of ceramics without function
Students design a ceramic work inspired from a motif such as vegetable, fruit, and nuts. Original expression of three-dimensional form is explored through discovery of beauty in nature, and understanding of structures of natural objects. They learn and master the primitive method of hand forming, and the decorating technique using cosmetic soil.

Craft Design 5: Pouring pot
Students design and produce a Japanese teapot or an earthenware teapot. After studying of types of tea and brewing methods, and tea culture, students explore functional and attractive design. The assignment requires an advanced design quality as well as high production skills.

Craft Design 6: Tableware
Students produce tableware for sweets (both Japanese and Western styles), as well as desserts. They are asked to think flexibly about the tableware from multiple perspectives including eating method, display, combination with other ingredients and others.

Craft Design 7: Flower vase:
One can arrange flowers in a vase of any form as long as it holds water. Students are asked to think out side of the box to produce a flower vase that surpasses preconceived ideas.
Various expressions are explored utilizing all techniques mastered, including hand forming, pottery wheel, plate, slip-cast and others, and students conduct firing using wood kiln.

Craft Design 8: Object and Space
Students produce a free work, while supposing a certain place (architectural space) it is located, as well as the installation method. Location can be selected from various places from residential space, retail space to public facility, and students present a proposal on one of the themes such as sculptural application, installation, wall decoration, lighting fixture, ornaments and others.

Craft Design 9: Freestyle Production
Each student selects his / her own theme, conduct research on technique and expression and produce.

Craft Design 10: Freestyle Production
Each student selects his / her own theme, conduct research on technique and expression and produce, in preparation for graduation work.

Graduation Work
Students produce and present their original works utilizing things they learned during the four years.




NIKKO COMPANY/ MARUMITSU POTIER COMPANIE / nendo inc. / OGAWA STUDIOS.INC / Kamuro corp. / starnet / Capellagarden (Sweden) / JINGDESHEN CERAMIC INSTITUTE (China) / Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (Germany)


Industry- Academia Joint Project
Design School Project
Nachtman (Germany) × Musasino Art University

Workshop (Ceramics)
Japanese confectionery and vessel (Collaboration: TORAYA CONFECTIONERY CO.LTD.)