Spatial design is the impartation of tangible form to elements, interiors and living environments. However, at its core, this field of design is concerned with the relationship between people, things and spaces. Students of spatial design must also consider how their designs relate to cities from an architectural viewpoint.
First-Year ― Close study of relation-oriented design centering on ties between people and people, people and spaces, and other such links
First-semester studies entail education in basic skills necessary for spatial design such as sketching and drawing, while second-semester studies focus on the three areas of “elements,” “interiors” and “living environments” to help students acquire specific knowledge related to interior design, architectural design and so forth. For example, the study of single walls or shelves, which are the most basic elements comprising a “space,” can lead to a deeper understand of spatial aspects overall. What exactly is “space”? Students will delve into the study of relation-centered design, which involves relationships between people and people, people and things, people and spaces, people and nature, and other such connections. At the same time, students will also think about and discuss issues related to spatial design in order to cultivate greater knowledge and insight.
Second-Year ― Digging down to the core of spatial design to deepen understanding while taking on larger-scale theses
Students will utilize sketching and drawing abilities, spatial composition capabilities, creative approaches and other fundamental knowledge and skills cultivated during first-year studies while polishing them further in order to take on challenges more closely connected with real-life applications. For example, students start with small spatial design projects focusing on living environment design during the first year, and during the second year they move on to the design of an entire house or housing complex in a lot with predetermined conditions. Through these types of design exercises, students learn about relationships between families and societies as well as the actual state of housing complexes in urban environments while discovering and drawing out their own abilities via work with highly logical design themes. Our School is unique in its emphasis on manual procedures—students create models by hand, and they also build their own elements. We focus not only on two-dimensional methods such as blueprints and CG, but also on experiential learning in actual, three-dimensional spatial environments.