With the advancement of innovations in information technology and the accompanying economic globalization, the world is becoming increasingly complex. Under these circumstances, there are growing expectations for design as practical knowledge, based on which humans can solve various previously unencountered problems. In the years to come, even more than at present, therefore, designers will be expected to deepen their insights into the latent needs of society and innovate ideas by drawing on knowledge from various disciplines and skills to integrate a diverse range of ideas into well-coordinated, harmonious objects or experiences.
Design students learn to identify needs in such diverse contexts as social change and global level environmental change, changes in business, and in the technological environment. They then innovate solutions to the issues that accompany these changes. To this end, Design students recognize and practice design as a form of knowledge with which they can create future value by matching various social issues and challenges with relevant scientific technologies. This sub-program develops design skills in such conventional specialized fields as product, graphic, and interior design. In addition to developing these skills, students focus on the research fields, tastes, and thought patterns characteristic of Kyoto and on adopting traditional design theory and methodologies. This enables them to implement numerous joint projects with domestic and global companies/organizations and with research institutions specializing in engineering and medicine. Furthermore, the Design Sub-program invites world-leading designers and researchers from design colleges abroad to implement joint projects at [KYOTO Design lab.]. By doing so, Design students endeavor to work out new and interdisciplinary theories and methodologies, while maintaining a design emphasis. Results of such projects are released from overseas organizations affiliated with the Design Program.
One of the advantages of the Design Program is its PBL (Project Based Learning) approach. Through implementation of various joint projects, students will create new design theories and methodology. Graduates of this sub-program are expected to play active roles in various fields. Some of them may become designers or design managers of global companies where they engage in the development of major products and services. Others may enjoy high recognition in the international arena as freelance designers.
Value Creation students learn to conduct analyses and read, in-depth, the relevant literature concerning artists and their work in the fields of art, design, and architecture; deeply understanding such work and its artists to the extent that they can make historical and theoretical evaluations. This enables them to produce internationally competitive research papers. At the same time, this sub-program stands out in its catalogue production requirement. Our doctoral candidates master cataloging skills that are useful when presenting research results. Because visual elements predominate in this discipline, presenting research results in the form of a catalogue gives a broader perspective to doctoral-level research papers. Producing catalogue research papers is, therefore, a valuable training opportunity. Students become curators with both academic degrees and outstanding practical skills. As with the master’s course, the doctoral course works closely with the Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives to provide students with exhibition curation experience.