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Mission Statement

Since the foundation of the department in 1921 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. We conduct global education and research programs which aims to nurtue global designers. We collaborate with design schools in Europa and U.S.A. in CODE, Continets Design Education Programs, from 2011. with design schools in Central America in PULI, Post Urban Living Innovation education and reserach program, from 2015, with design schools in Asia in CAPE, Campus Asia Plant Environment Innovation Program, from 2016. 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: research-oriented programme related to thirteen fields

Faculties and Departments

Design Research Institute

Department of Design, Faculty of Engineering

Department of Design, Graduate School of Science and 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

research-based programme: Product Design(Including Transportation Design), System Planning(Including UX Design and Service Design), Design Management, Materials Planning, Design Morphology, Communication Design, Human Informatics, Design Psychology, Environmental Design, Humanomics(Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology), Design Culture, Contextual Design(Including Social Design), Sustainable Design

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), System Planning(Including UX Design and Service Design), Design Management, Materials Planning, Design Morphology, Communication Design, Human Informatics, Design Psychology, Environmental Design, Humanomics(Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology), Design Culture, Contextual Design(Including Social Design), Sustainable Design.

Doctorate Level Programs

Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy / three years+

research-based programme: Product Design(Including Transportation Design), System Planning(Including UX Design and Service Design), Design Management, Materials Planning, Design Morphology, Communication Design, Human Informatics, Design Psychology, Environmental Design, Humanomics(Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology), Design Culture, Contextual Design(Including Social Design), Sustainable Design

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Bachelor level – Five programmes: Industrial Design, Communication Design, Environmental Design, Transportation Design, Design Science

Master and Doctorate level – Eleven research-based programmes: Product Design(Including Transportation Design), System Plannning(Including Interaction Design and Service Design), Design Management, Materials Planning, Desgin Morphplogy, Communication Design, Human Informatics, Design Psychology, Environmental Design, Humanomics(Ergonomics and Physiological Anthropology), Design Culture, Contextual Design(Including Social Design)

 

Application Deadlines

For April entry: November of the previous year

For October entry: May of that year

Master and Doctorate levels: Rolling deadlines

http://www.se.chiba-u.jp/en/admission/index.html

 

Teaching Languages

Bachelor level: Japanese, English(selected courses)

Master and Doctorate levels: Japanese, English

Semester Dates

Chiba University uses a 6-term system which divides an academic year into six parts.

http://www.chiba-u.ac.jp/international/isd/english/access/calendar.html

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Tuition: 321,480JPY per semester (no tuition under exchange agreements)

http://www.chiba-u.ac.jp/international/isd/english/guide/tution.html

Rent: 4,700JPY for dormitory or ca. 40,000JPY for an apartment per month Living expense: ca. 50,000JPY per month

http://www.chiba-u.ac.jp/international/isd/english/life/living.html

Students

Bachelor: 300
Master: 120
Doctorate: 45

Exchange Students

Incoming: 70
Outgoing: 50
Others: 25

Teaching Staff

Professors: 20
Other permanent teachers: 3
Part-time Teachers: 45

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