Introduction to Design
TeachersCHIBA. Tomoji
Grade, SemesterYear 1 1st semest [Department of Regional Economics, Faculty of Economics]
CategoryGeneral Basic Subjects
Elective, CreditsElective 2credit
 Syllabus Number0F101

Course Description

This course introduces students the basic knowledge and manners in order to understand what the design is.
First, they will learn the words and the background they should know in the field of broad fine arts and design, and develop professional understanding of design concepts, theories, and events.
In this class, students acquire knowledge and attitudes for the diploma policy.
This subject is related to 1, 3, and 4 of your study goals.

Course Objectives

You can acquire
- basic knowledge on design concepts, theories, events, tradition, and the latest aesthetics.
- the ability to understand culture of Japan and other countries.

Grading Policy

Evaluation on every small report 40% 
Final Report rating 60% 
The results are evaluated based on the above.

Textbook and Reference

TextbookMaterials for each lecture will be distributed.
Various video materials in conjunction with the lecture contents (PowerPoint, DVD)


The small reports to be submitted every time to confirm your preparation for the lesson and your understanding of the contents explained in the lecture. For the related matters, it is important to search information and give your own opinion in your own words.



1Guidance and introduction, overall image of the design area, the situation that the design is in now, what the design is, the relationship with the society.
2The historical flow of design and the spread in the area, the modern history of design
3Japanese culture, tradition and design (Japanese picture scrolls "Emakimono" and animation)
4Art and Design 1 - contemporary expression and design (DaVinci, Kazuhiko Hachiya, etc.)
5Art and Design 2 - contemporary expression and design (contemporary art, Basquiat, etc.)
6Mode, Vogue, fashion Design
7Character and design, typography
8Editorial and Design (Steidel's book making)
9Introduction to Illustration, Japan and the world
10What is an artist? (Picasso the secret of genius)
11Photo, visual expression 1 (Lumière)
12Photo, visual expression 2 (art animation etc.)
13Community and Design: Examples of industry-academia collaboration, community revitalization, art Festival
14Design thinking, design and technology, art in business
15Summary, Design and art in the future