Basic Design Course (supplementary education)

One-Year Short-Term Programs

Classes are held three days a week at night, making these programs suitable for working members of society, those who want to enroll in two schools, etc.

Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with 40 students per class. The program is one year long.
Classes are held at night from 6:00 to 9:10 p.m. (6th and 7th time blocks).
Students who attend and complete the entire year of classes receive a “Basic Design Course Certificate of Completion.”
The Basic Design Course is based on KDS’s many years of successful experience in basic design education. This course is available to anyone interested in design, whether they be working members of society or students, and it provides a venue to explore fundamental design perspectives and sensibilities for those who want to actively undertake creative activities in society as a designer or in some other role.

We welcome people who are interested in design or want to become designers in the future, as well as those involved in planning and development, advertising, management, design, manufacturing, computer operations or education. Fields such as handicrafts and ikebana flower arrangement can serve as a base for those who want to enhance their abilities, pursue lifelong learning, meet other people, etc. The Basic Design Course is a gathering place for people with different goals, from different backgrounds and of different ages—your year spent studying with us will surely help you build a foundation for creative endeavors in society.

Learn from materials and think while using your hands: hone your body’s senses, cultivate rich thinking

●Observation and Understanding

Inspirations for creation are right in front of our eyes at every turn, and by concentrating our focus through observation of things we can gain a wide range of design-related insights. The “Observation and Understanding” class is more than just looking at things: students express themselves again and again through means such as sketching and sculpting to cultivate a deeper understanding of their subjects, which in turn acts a basis for new creativity.


Fields such as design and art require not only intuition but also the ability to give form to theory in order to understand forms of expression and create.
The “Composition” class examines the most basic concepts of design, including two- and three-dimensional design, color, form, materials and structure. From there, students hone color sensation, tactile sensation and other bodily senses through practice in order to enhance their abilities to express themselves through design.

●Ideas and Expression

We cannot predict how or when a new idea will come, or how it will develop following conception; the things around us can all serve as the starting points for new ideas. By doing away with our preconceptions, we can experience the fascination of unexpected forms of expression formed from various incidental materials and expressive actions. This class gives students opportunities to experience the ways in which liberated sensibilities can lead to the development of numerous forms of design-related expression.