Kyushu University Faculty of Design, School of Design and Graduate School of Design

mission statement

The "humanizing of technology" is a concept central to both the School of Design and Graduate School of Design in Kyushu University. Among a wide range of intersisciplinary skills and programs incorporating mixed science and literature, we believe that the study of design should strive to embody philosophy in its pursuit of fostering dynamic and multi-skilled designers.

international role

The Faculty of Design, School of Design and Graduate School of Design are some of the most active units in Kyushu University which promote internationalization in educational and research fields. We are taking the initiative of establishing an international course in the field of design. We welcome more than 10 international students for each semester from our partner universities such as those in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Turkey and Korea. Moreover, within the framework of exchange programs, we send almost the same number of students abroad. We invite teaching staff from our partner universities to provide design workshops and projects that deal with global issues.

national role

As one of the top national universities in Japan, we are very much expected to deal with various national and regional issues in an innovative way. As Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka, we are especially advantaged to work closely with regional issues caused by the rural depopulation and environmental problems which almost all developed countries confront with. From this point of view, it is meaningful to collaborate with our international partner universities, local industries and government to solve the issues in creative ways. 

main focus

We mainly focus on both of science of design and practical thinking of design. At the School of Design and Graduate School of Design, the fundamentals of human physiology and psychological behaviors are taught and artistic sensibilities are stimulated. The curriculum is designed to foster students' capbilities to propose and present original and creative ideas. Attention to ethical values, which considers community welfare as the central focus of our design technology, is also strongly emphasized upon in the courses.

faculties and departments

Faculty of Design

bachelor level programs

School of Design has 5 departments ( 4-year program each):

 ・ Department of Environmental Design

 ・ Department of Industrial Design

 ・ Department of Visual Communication Design

 ・ Department of Acoustic Design

 ・ Department of Art and Information Design

master level programs

Graduate School of Design has 2 departments; Department of Design, which has 4 courses and Department of Design Strategy (2-year program each):

 Department of Design

  ・ Human Science course

  ・ Communication Design Science course

  ・ Environment and Heritage course

  ・ Content and Creative Design course

 Department of Design Strategy

research activity and main areas

Yes, we have research acitvity. Our main research area is Science of Design related to the above mentioned fields; theory and practice of design and art, human physiology, psychology and engineering.

doctorate level programs

The Department of Design in the Graduate School of Design has two departments and five courses (a three-year program for a PhD course):

 Department of Design

  ・ Human Science course

  ・ Communication Design Science course

  ・ Environment and Heritage Design course

  ・ Content and Creative Design course

  ・ Human Science International course

 Department of Design Strategy

subject areas for exchange students

Interaction Design, Product Design, Environmental design, Acoustic Design, Graphic Design

application deadlines

Spring Semester Deadline・・・November 10th, 

Autumn Semester Deadline・・・March 10th

teaching languages

Japanese and English

semester dates

Spring Semester・・・April 1st~September 30th, 

Autumn Semester・・・October 1st~March 31th

cost of living per month (studying and living)

about 100,000JPY (€ 749)

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