Visual Communication Design
At the Division of Visual Design, students study designs engaged in the media that aesthetically and effectively transfer content via visual and sculptural methods; specifically, book design, picture books/manga, photo media, branding design, package design, illustration, editorial design, advertising design, typography, calligraphic design, etc.
The educational policy of the Division involves the integration of theory and practice, respect for diversity, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The division encourages students to decide a topic based on a specific subject, approach it theoretically, and seek creative solutions. The division, aims to foster creators and researchers capable of actively and sustainably working on various regional or international issues.
Alumni/ae Career Paths
The career paths of alumni/ae include the advertising and planning department of a range of business enterprises such as advertising agencies, design productions, publishing companies, newspapers, printing companies, government offices, as well as independent designers, illustrators, picture book writers, etc. On the other hand, some enter doctoral programs, or obtain the position of researcher at universities.
1982 YAMAZAKI Noriko, Manga Artist (INUMARU Rin)
1983 HATAKEYAMA Naoya, Photographer, Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
1985 KOIZUMI Masako, Professor, Tama Art University
1988 MORISAKI Tadashi, Book binder
1991 TANAKA Sayoko, Professor, the University of Tsukuba
1992 ARAKI Hironobu, Professor, Saga University
1993 KOTANI Mitsuru, Professor, Shimane University
1994 YONOICHI Yoshio, Professor, Shiga University
1994 YAMAMOTO Masayuki, Professor, Gifu University
1995 HARA Tadanobu, Associate Professor, the University of Tsukuba
2002 KIM Sangtae, Associate Professor, the University of Tsukuba
2002 Guo Yi, Graphic Designer, Asahi Shimbun Newspaper
2003 AN Kiyoung, Professor, Kindai University
2004 ABI AAD, Antoine, Assistant Professor, Lebanese University
2005 KAMIMURA Shinya, Graphic Designer, Asahi Shimbun Newspaper
2007 WADA Nanahiro, Associate Professor, Kagoshima University
2011 KONAKA Daichi, Artist, Picture Book Writer, Doctoral Student in the Graduate School of the University of Tsukuba
2011 YAMAMOTO Miki, Manga Artist, Picture Book Writer
2015 TAKAHASHI Kaori, Picture Book Writer
2016 YAMAGUCHI Takuto, Art Director, Dentsu, Inc.
2018 SASAKI Kaede, Art Director, Dentsu, Inc.
※ Graduates before Master’s Program in Art