Visual Design Course (VD)

“Visual design” refers to information that is seen by people—in other words, design related to visual information. This incredibly wide-reaching field encompasses advising, editorializing, illustration, photography, packaging, websites and more.

First-Year ― Comprehending the role played by visual design

Compared to the three-year General Design Department course, this two-year course introduces students to specialized subjects early on. Even though two-year students spend their first year studying “Basic Design” common subjects (a unique aspect of KDS education) just like three-year General Design Department students, the two-year students study a greater number subjects during this initial period, enhancing their observational and design skills in order to refine their fundamental design-related capabilities. Visual design entails visual representation of information that one wishes to express as well as provision of support for mutual understanding between the provider and receiver of that information. Visual designers must take both the provider and receiver into consideration while constantly looking back to the very basics of communication. Based on this approach, we provide education in general skills shared by all visual designers, including typefaces and typography, printing technologies, photography and more, as well as fundamental computer skills.

Second-Year ― Looking toward the future while continuing with education that more closely resembles professional workplace conditions

With a focus on compulsory visual design subjects, second-year students think about their own future directions while delving deeper into their studies. All students study visual design, advising and editorializing, and they also choose to pursue either package design or Web design studies, continuing in these areas throughout both semesters. Various conditions and restrictions are established as part of lessons meant to emulate real-life work conditions, helping students cultivate the awareness of a professional designer through their studies—which also include, of course, cultivation of planning and presentation skills. In addition, prominent creators who are currently active in society take turns teaching students during the second semester to give them a feel for on-site design work. These lectures, which are based on real-life experience in the field, are full of helpful clues and boost student motivation, making them particularly popular among KDS students.