The Sendai School of Design was launched by the Architecture and Building Science Major at Tohoku University in cooperation with the city of Sendai, and as part of the Creation of Bases for the Generation of Personnel for Local Revitalization Program enacted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology as a means of adjusting costs for the promotion of scientific technology. The project is scheduled to continue until March 2015 in conjunction with a city revitalization plan called the Creator Cultivation Program to Activate the Local Area through the Production of a Creative Cluster.
The main objective of the Sendai School of Design is to nurture collaborative creators and producers as personnel who will help activate the local area.
The school targets already working creators who are active in a variety of fields including architecture, urban design, product design, graphic design, video, music, and the development of information and communication systems, as well as graduate students in architectural design. Our students come from many different of parts of Sendai society.
Design training at the Sendai School of Design centers on collaborations between working creators and graduate students in architectural design. By taking part in these projects, based on local issues, the creators, with their business experience, and the students, with their academic knowledge, realize a multifaceted, adaptive type of collaboration to produce design from a variety of perspectives, including cutting-edge technology at the university. Through this system of project-based learning, we provide an education in design that is rooted in practical application.
Through their academic experience at the school, graduates gain collaborative skills that can be applied in the real world, and acquire an intellectually-open attitude that can adapt to a variety of situations. Thus, their future activities as creative workers promise to make a great contribution to regional revitalization. Moreover, through an expanded network provided by groups like the alumni association, graduates also promise to provide active support for the local society in Sendai and other areas.
The Three Domains of the Sendai School of Design
- 1. Local：
- Through collaborations with the government and the community, we deal with local issues and return the results to the local society.
- 2. The Future：
- Through collaborations with fields and companies outside of architecture, we create previously unknown value through technologically-based innovations.
- 3. Global：
- Through exchanges with other cities and foreign cultures, we strive to expand our network and integrate our market in order to develop a different kind of value.
The Three Methods of the Sendai School of Design
At the Sendai School of Design, we provide opportunities to learn based onthree methods.
- 1. Project-based Learning Studio：
- Our design studio is founded on the five essential elements of media, environment, society, communication, and international relations.
- 2. Future Lab：
- Our research studio expands the possibilities of design while applying a variety of cutting-edge research from many fields.
- 3. Interactive Lectures：
- Our interactive lecture series offers cross-disciplinary learning, allowing students access to everything from outreach activities to cutting-edge skills.