Our department’s design education features classes aimed to teach students planning and design. Students also attend classroom lectures in which they learn specialized knowledge in various fields. To download our department’s entire curriculum, click here.(PDF 26KB). The following gives a brief summary of the teaching focus and skills to be acquired in each of year of the four-year curriculum in the Department of Environmental Design.
|Year||Things to learn||Skills to acquire|
|Freshman year||Students are first taught how to observe landscapes and buildings and learn from actual examples of good design. Students also study technical aspects such as CAD, sketching, and model production.||By observing subjects without prejudice, students can learn to think independently. Specifically, they will be able to easily mentally visualize different figures and shapes, and organize them to express their ideas using figures and tables.|
|Sophomore year||Students learn to carry out projects relating to housing spaces and public buildings under relatively simple conditions. They also learn about technology, society, and people that are needed to implement such projects.||Students will be able to create original designs based on the theoretical observations of various spaces and buildings as well as the technologies and cultures supporting such spaces and buildings.|
|Junior year||Students learn design of a complex nature. Specifically, students learn to propose landscape and urban projects under relatively complicated conditions. They also learn about technology, society, people, and history that are needed to implement such projects.||Students will be able to create designs based on what the city, society, nature, and landscape provide, as well as what systems, values, and various other backgrounds support them.|
|Senior year||In the first semester, students work on more comprehensive design assignments based on what they have learned from projects carried out in the second and third years. At the same time, they deepen their knowledge in their areas of specialization and engage in relevant design research.||Students will be able to create a wide variety of designs ranging from buildings to landscapes. Students will also acquire research capabilities that enable them to conduct studies and tests in the areas of specialization relating to projects they are currently involved in, and add new knowledge to such areas, thereby, contributing to the further advancement of learning.|