Chiba University

mission statement

Since the foundation of the department in 1922 as Tokyo Higher School of Arts and Technology, we have always led the design research and design education in Japan. By encouraging “cross-fertilization”, i.e., highly creative activities emerging from the interaction between different areas, we have integrated and led the design research. As an educational institute, through the cross-fertilization, we have developed designers, design directors, and design researchers who can comply with various demands of now and future.

international role

We have very active collaboration with partner universities and other institutions overseas, especially in the Asia. We exchange researchers and teachers, conduct joint seminars and workshops, conduct international conferences and symposia, and participate in international competitions.

national role

We have many collaboration opportunities with the national/local governments, educational/research institutions, and nation-leading private companies. We also cooperate with Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. We have run the Japan Society for the Science and Design as a core institution, since it was established in 1954. Many alumni from our department are leading designers in major companies and maintain close relationship to us. Supported by “the good-practice grant” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we have developed and implemented several advanced programmes as a design initiative.

main focus

At Bachelor Level: five practice-based programmes. At Master and Doctorate Level: nine research-oriented programmes & Service and Product Design programme.

faculties and departments

Department of Design, Faculty of Engineering Department of Design Science, Graduate School of Engineering

bachelor level programs

Bachelor of Engineering / four years Five programmes: ?Industrial Design, ?Communication Design, ?Environmental Design, ?Transportation Design, ?Design Science

master level programs

Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy / two years Nine research-based programmes: ? Product Design (Including Transportation Design) ? Design Management ? Materials Planning ? Communication Design ? Human Informatics ? Design Psychology ? Environmental Design ? Humanomics?Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology? ? Design Culture Service and Product Design programme

research activity and main areas

Our department conducts research very actively with various supports from the government and private companies. Main research areas include Product Design (including Transportation Design), Design Management, Materials Planning, Communication Design, Human Informatics, Design Psychology, Environmental Design, Humanomics?Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology?, and Design Culture.

doctorate level programs

Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy / three years+ Nine research-based programmes: ? Product Design (Including Transportation Design) ? Design Management ? Materials Planning ? Communication Design ? Human Informatics ? Design Psychology ? Environmental Design ? Humanomics?Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology? ? Design Culture Service and Product Design Programme

subject areas for exchange students

Bachelor level Five programmes: ?Industrial Design, ?Communication Design, ?Environmental Design, ?Transportation Design, ?Design Science Master and Doctorate level Nine research-based programmes: ? Product Design (Including Transportation Design) ? Design Management ? Materials Planning ? Communication Design ? Human Informatics ? Design Psychology ? Environmental Design ? Humanomics?Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology? ? Design Culture Service and Product Design Programme J-PAC programmes (one year programme to study Japanese language and Japanese culture for undergraduate and master’s students)

application deadlines

For April entry: November of the previous year For October entry: May of that year Master and Doctorate levels: Rolling deadlines

teaching languages

Bachelor level: Japanese Master and Doctorate levels: Japanese, English (for foreign students only) J-PAC Programme: English

semester dates

First semester: April to July Second semester: October to January

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Tuition: 267,900JPY per semester (no tuition under exchange agreements) Rent: 4,700JPY for dormitory or ca. 40,000JPY for an apartment per month Living expense: ca. 50,000JPY per month

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