Department of Industrial Design,
Textile Design Course
The future woven in textile "Human hands and technology"
Producing textiles as materials enwrapping our bodies and everyday lives is an age-old human activity that has been connecting people around the globe since time immemorial. Various ethnic groups in all corners of the world base their respective textile cultures on fiber materials and techniques rooted in local climates. Their applicability keeps expanding also beyond the mundane realms of clothing and housing, as fiber materials are today used for all kinds of purposes ranging from car interiors, industrial and medical materials, to materials related to space development. Japan in particular is one rare case of a country in which a "dyeing culture by traditional procedures" coexists with "cutting-edge textile technology". Aiming to communicate this characteristic from Japan out into the world, the Textile Design Course aims to foster excellent designers and artists engaging in design and artistic activities revolving around textile.
On a foundation of knowledge related to the composition and handling of materials, as well as techniques for their creative use, students master dyeing techniques and procedures, and practice actual creative work utilizing digital technology, with a focus on the physical functions of cloth, the ornamental functions of patterns, and the power of colors. At the same time, the course discusses the role of textiles from different social points of view, and implements hands-on learning through joint projects involving academic, business, and governmental circles within the international community. While increasing awareness of environmental problems and issues related to a sustainable society, we develop students' intellectual and creative abilities regarding the future. In order to foster individuals with great sensibility and mental capacity that contribute to the international community, the curriculum includes practical English language education, student exchange and other international exchange projects. At three studios tailored to their aspired paths ("space-related textile design", "body-related textile design" and "textile and art"), students enhance their individual goals.
Prospects after graduation
After graduation, students can choose between a wide range of career options. Many work as industrial designers for companies (or freelance) in areas as diverse as interior design, textile and yarn manufacture, fashion, apparel or car interior design, while others start up their own business. Other options would be to create and exhibit individual works as artists, dyers or illustrators in various fields, or continue production/research activities after studying at a graduate school or abroad.