Basic classes of the course
●Basic practice : Moving form / Tools: meaning and a method of use
●Basic practice: Gift Design / Form making practice using building-up molding technique
Second Year (Second Semester)
Basics of Industrial Design
Specialized studies of Industrial Design Course starts from Second Semester.
Firstly, students develop ability to create attractive forms, which provides the basis of product design. Then they study and understand the anatomy and movement mechanism of the human body to explore forms and structures that can be easily used.
For the last design assignment of the second year, students design relatively simple daily goods for personal use. They are expected to develop proposals with consideration for usability and form making, while supposing components arrangement like actual products.
In addition, students learn the necessary skills for design work such as sketch work, modeling, drawing, presentation, evaluation and verification methods.
Form-making from images / Design of daily goods
Third Year (First Semester)
Application of Industrial Design
Students explore the relationship between humans and design through various design assignments of product design, and develop abilities to see things from various perspectives and create new ideas. Firstly, students study various contemporary life styles and find targets based on users’ values and think about methods of usage and styling to match the new life style. And then, they think about information interface of contemporary products through communication with humans and information devices in this increasingly information-oriented contemporary period.
For the final assignment of the first semester, students can select an assignment from two classes as preparation for the two seminars starting in the second semester. One of the classes is product design, and students design tools for daily work, while studying the human skeleton and muscle structures and movement mechanism to achieve high work efficiency. The other class is car design, and students explore new car design based on ideas developed from studies of layouts of passengers and spatial conditions when using the car.
By the end of the first semester of the third year, students gain abilities to analyze diverse inner factors of humans such as psychology and values, and also factors based on physical characteristics, and develop ideas from wide perspectives.
Life style design / Product interface design
Mechanism and design / Mobility design
Third Year (Second Semester)
Towards professional fields
The course is divided into Product Design Seminar and Mobility (Car) Design Seminar.
Each field has a different philosophy and technology of monodukuri (production). Students study with lecturers who are professional designers working in respective professional fields and aim to develop ideas based on multiple perspectives. In addition, they gradually develop further engagements with the society by working on universal and public designs based on their studies from the first semester.
During this period, our course is actively involved in hands-on and advanced Industry- Government- Academia Joint Projects.
Product Design Seminar / Mobility (Car) Seminar
Industry- Government- Academia Joint Project
Towards more diverse perspectives
Graduation work is the culmination of all studies, and students strengthen their comprehensive ability that they will need as professional designers after graduation. Each student develops his/her theme while considering the future of monodukuri with visions for the better human society in the future and the global environment viewed from wider perspectives.
Students conduct various researches based on multiple perspectives and develop convincing proposals. The ideas should be developed based on new concepts, and students determine design directions through processes of prototype production, evaluation and verification. At the final stage, they bring the works to greater perfections to achieve excellent products. Graduation work will be exhibited in and out of the university, and also presented widely to the society.