First Year ~ First Semester of Second Year
During this period, students learn fundamentals of study at Department of industrial, Interior and Crafts Design, namely various ideas and basic knowledge of materials. The basic exercise class “Shape of seating” and the basic practice class “Drafting and rendering” are conducted during this period in Interior Design Course.
■Basic exercise “Shape of seating”
Students research MAU’s masterpiece collection of Modern chairs focusing on material, structure, and form to understand how a physical movement of sitting is supported. Based on the research result, students make scale models of the original designs to learn the development process from the initial concept to planning.
Basic exercise: Inside and Outside
Students search for objects and phenomena in daily life that makes one aware of “inside and outside”. Based on results of survey and research, students work to find an original method of expression first, and then design and produce works based on the theme of “inside and outside”.
Second Semester of Second Year ~ Fourth Year
The field of interior design deals with a wide range of subjects from furniture to a large-scape retail space. During the period of two and a half years, students learn ways of thinking and fundamentals of expression technique, as well as ability to apply knowledge and skills that they will need as a professional designer in the near future. In addition, each student works with instructors to explore original expression methods without limiting directions of his/ her work.
Second Semester of Second Year
Form of Lighting Fixture and Its Effect
Students learn the design process of lighting fixture in this design assignment. By exploring the subject of light, students learn that a designer should design not only the object itself but also its relationship with the surrounding space, which is a fundamental approach to interior product design.
■ Personal Space Design
By performing on-site measurements, students learn relationships between body, object, and space, and then design personal space that expresses himself /herself. In addition, students cultivate a better understanding of the above theme by making 1/1- scale models.
■Living Space Design
Students conduct a survey, research and design based on the theme of “Wall”. They learn to a develop design concept constituting a space, and also the step-by-step process of how to transform the concept into physical forms.
■Interior Element Design
How does an “object” exist in a space? And how does it connect with people? “Book” is adopted as a theme of this design assignment, and students explore forms that integrate object, surrounding space, and people.
■Design of a Space to Display Objects
An “object” communicates totally different values according to the space where it is displayed. Students learn how to create a space that enhances commodity values and appeals to customers through this retail design assignment.
Many designers and architects developed and expressed various themes through chair design. In this assignment, each student discover his / her design theme through design of a chair and learn to express it in a physical form by producing a prototype one can actually sit on.
■Living Environment Design
In this design assignment, students design a house on an extremely narrow site. Students learn how to present a comprehensive proposal addressing relationships between various factors while focusing on elements and materials in an extremely small space.
■Design of a Dining Space
Commercial space constitutes an urban culture, while serving as a place of business. In this design assignment, students design a space offering “cultural experiences” based on the theme of “food”, and learn from a simulated experience of the actual work process from initial planning to detail design.
People / Environment / Culture
In this assignment, students thoroughly observe the existing urban space and architecture first, and then manipulate such urban elements to create a place generating new values and functions.
Students are asked to invent a material and design interior elements or object using the material. It's hard to design something completely new in thease days. In this assignment, students explore and take experimental approach to find a new way to design an object.