Department of Information Design
Interaction Design Course
Exploring new possibilities of information and design
The Department of Information Design at Tama University was the first university department in Japan to carry out research and education in the field of Information Design. The Information Design Department is divided into one course to learn art and one course to learn design. The subject of the Interaction Design Course is the design of the interaction between people and information. The teaching staff at the Interaction Design Course do not only communicate theoretical knowledge and practical skills, but also focus on exploring the possibilities of information and design together with the students. Our aim is to open up unknown fields, keep changing, and create new designs.
New possibilities arise from diversity
What is the purpose of designing information? We believe it is to contribute to the wealth of connections between different kinds of people and things in society. For this, we utilize all sorts of media from books to the Internet to mobilize knowledge from other fields such as sociology, cognitive science and philosophy, and challenge cutting-edge technologies for which the use is yet undetermined. We emphasize diversity, and focus on constructing design methods that generate various forms of output by involving design in social systems.
What you will learn at the Interaction Design Course
The teaching staff at the Interaction Design Course includes experts in HCI (Human Computer Interaction), UI, UX design, service design, media design, data visualization, infographics, typography, social design, etc. Through joint research with companies, organizations and other universities, you will also get hands-on experience with the latest technologies and learn about the relationship between information and design in various situations.
1st year (Basic course)
Right after you enter our university, you will first of all learn the fundamental skills and ways of thinking of Interaction Design.
- Exercises to cultivate the modeling power to give shape to otherwise invisible “interaction.”
- Learn the basics of computer programming and website construction.
2nd year (Basic course)
Choose between 12 basic subjects such as UI design, infographics, programming, video, electronics, etc., to learn the skills you are interested in and various ideas in that area.
[Examples of elective courses]
- Learn the techniques and concepts of interface design by creating smartphone applications and the like.
- Learn skills and methods to visualize information and study how to express it in printed and digital media.
- By learning the basics of video production, you will also acquire the ability to express yourself on a timeline, which is essential when creating digital media.
- Learn more advanced programming to enable computer-based expressions and design in many different fields.
3rd year (Specialized course)
A strongpoint of our system is that it allows you to take different courses in the first term and in the second term. This is ideal, because it lets you both go deeper in your own special field and acquire a broad perspective and expertise in other areas as well.
- Experience design is one of our strongest subjects, and we have been the leaders in this field in Japan for many years. The aim is to think about the users and clients, get them to sympathize with each other, and design objects and mechanisms that provide rich and pleasant experiences.
- We research and produce communication and interaction in various kinds of media from books to electronic devices, in the real world and in network environments. We also examine information visualization from both the computing and the visual points of view.
- If we think of “society” as what people do, and of “design” as better ways of connecting things, the subject of design expands in various directions from everyday events to world-scale problems. Such issues provide interesting challenges for design and technology.
4th year (Specialized course)
[Graduation research work]
You will belong to a seminar led by our full-time faculty staff, and spend the year working on your graduation research. Three examinations are held before graduation.
Our postgraduate doctoral course is broadly divided into an Art and Media program and an Interaction Design program. By doing research and work from both the art perspective and the design perspective, we obtain more varied and more advanced results than in the undergraduate course. We also accept submissions in English.
Apart from the seven full-time staff members of the Interaction Design Course, there are also four visiting professors, over twenty part-time lecturers, four research assistants, and the office staff to support our students.
Tama Art University offers entrance examinations for foreign students, students who have returned from abroad, 3rd year transfer students, etc. There is also a research student system for those who aim to proceed to graduate school. For details, please visit the Tama Art University website.
Tama Art University has a system for accepting international students from and sending students to other universities with which we have student exchange agreements. For details, please visit the Tama Art University website.
International exchange students accepted by the Information Design Department
So far (through 2016), we have received students from Aalto University (Finland) , Berlin University of the Arts (Germany), Hong-ik University (Korea), China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), and Malmö University (Sweden).
Government Scholarship Acceptance System
For government sponsorship programs, see the site below.
All classes in the Interaction Design Course are held in Japanese. For the Graduate School, entrance examination and Master's thesis submission can also be done in English, and instruction in English is provided as necessary.