2021 Concept Designing

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Nohara Kayoko 
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Course description and aims

Society and industry are seeking "engineers with design sensitivity". This talent should be able to create products that balance functionality and design, incorporating a variety of perspectives. At its root, the question is "how to give form to universal and versatile ways of thinking (concepts)". In this workshop, students start with one topic and experience the design process through building a concept through discussion, creating a simple molding design, and giving a presentation. Together with students from Musashino Art University, students are expected to discover normally overlooked aspects of "ideas taking form" such as the various possibilities, discoveries, and the importance of trial and error.

Student learning outcomes

This workshop has the objective of bringing together the many perspectives within a team to produce a product or system which expresses a good balance between functionality and design. By creating a combined team with the complementary skills of Musashino Art University students under the guidance of Musashino teachers, it will broaden perspectives and teach the difficulty and importance of communication through debate and direct experience of manufacturing.


Concept, design, Musashino Art University, functionality, user

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Intensive workshop for 5 days from late July to early August. The date will be decided in due course. Make a mixed team with students of design and fine arts and obtain practical experience of the design process in the sequence "From a subject extract an idea, and develop a new concept up to an artistic expression". After a lecture on basic design theory and learning about communication between different disciplines, each team will take part in the workshop. Finally, teams will present their results and created an object at an off-campus venue, which will be subject to evaluation from external visitors.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Understand basic design theories, inter-semiotic translation and semiotics Background research
Class 2 Create "concept" out of the given theme through discussion in each team. Transfer from theme to concept
Class 3 Workshop 2: Delve more deeply into concepts to clarify them. Interim presentation will be given in the second half. Share a clear idea about the concept
Class 4 Produce a 3-D design from the concept. Complete the design production
Class 5 Presentation, discussion and evaluation from external guests Preparing the output



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be given out.

Assessment criteria and methods

Contribution to the group task, final output (design object and presentation), creativity and logical connection in presentation.

Related courses

  • TSE.C203 : Social Design Project
  • ACE.C537 : Global Communication: Scientific Publishing

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環境・社会理工学院 融合理工学系 野原研究室


5days from late July to Saturday in early August (with one optional day-off). The final presentation day will be on Saturday.
One of two international teams will have discussion in English. Translation help will be provided for non-Japanese speakers.

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