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Design Major at Okinawa Prefectural University of Art

With an emphasis on local craftsmanship and culture, the Design Major course at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts prepares students to be socially responsible designers.

School: Okinawa Prefectural University of Art
Course: Design Major
Location: Naha, Japan
Course dates: April 2024 to March 2026
Application deadline: 11 December 2023

The Design Major aims to nurture global-minded designers with an understanding of today's design issues and advanced information technology while preserving the unique culture of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan's southernmost prefecture.

Teaching crafts and design rooted in local industry and culture, the course encourages students to create design works that draw from traditional crafts and contribute to the local economy.

The course curriculum transcends disciplinary boundaries and gives students the freedom to proactively select classes that align with their interests and needs.

The course enhances students' independent learning ability as well as guiding them to become designers accountable for the society.

Through the course, students also learn market research methods, coordination and teamwork abilities and effective presentation skills while working towards a professional qualification in design.

Find out more about the course and apply ›

Top image: Furniture design project, courtesy of Okinawa Prefectural University.

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