School of Communication and Design

School of Communication and Design

Tokyo Campus

Introduction of School

The School of Communication and Design fosters the “ability to communicate” based on “symbiosis mind,” which is the founding principle of Shukutoku University. To communicate your feelings, you need to understand the feelings of others. In order to convey what you want to express, you need to know the “happiness (or pain)” of others. We nurture the ability to communicate based on the spirit of “自利利他 jiri rita which means to respect others, not “自利 jiri which means to be self-assertive.
School of Communication and Design is FOR YOU if you...
  • Want to learn about literary arts, editing, and broadcasting across the board
  • Want to learn independently and improve your teamwork skills
  • Want to improve your Japanese skills to communicate to others

Licenses and Qualifications that can be Acquired

<Literary Expression Course>
■ Novelist
■ Writer
■ Playwright
■ Publisher
■ PR company
■ Municipalities, general companies, etc.
<Editorial Expression Course>
■ Editor
■ Advertising planner
■ Web creator
■ Publisher
■ Advertising company
■ Municipalities, general companies, etc.
<Broadcast Expression Course>
■ Announcer, narrator
■ Voice actor
■ TV/radio program creator
■ TV/radio station
■ Program production company
■ Municipalities, general companies, etc.

Anticipated Future Career Paths

■ Test of Practical Japanese (Level 3)
■ Microsoft Office Specialist
■ IT Passport Examination
■ Web Creator Skills Qualification Test, etc.

Points of Learning

Learn literary arts, editing, and broadcasting across the board to cultivate the “ability to communicate”
表現学科 学びのポイント1
There aremany different waysto communicate what you want to express. In the School of Communication and Design, students will learn various genres beyond the course. By learning extensively, students can develop their “ability to communicate” while narrowing down specialties suitable for them.

Improve teamwork skills through independent learning classes

表現学科 学びのポイント2
Students will cultivate their teamwork skills by working together with people with different values to create a work of art or complete a project.

Improve students’ Japanese skills to communicate to others

表現学科 学びのポイント3
All students will learn how to write clearly and experience the joy of creating through required classes. In addition, they will acquire the “Japanese skills to communicate” that will be required in any field of work after they become a member of society.

Three Courses to Allow Students to Study Widely and Decide their Specialty

Literary Expression Course

Acquire the ability to communicate in a story to resonate in people’s hearts
Students will learn basic knowledge and techniques for creating literary arts, including how to create sentences and how to express emotions. Based on their culture, Japanese skills, and thinking ability, students will acquire “ability of beautiful expression” and cultivate their “ability to communicate in a story.”

Main lectures: Theory ofliterary expression, study of literary works, etc.
Main exercises: Appreciation, analysis, and creation of literary arts

Editorial Expression Course

Deliver information that meets the needs
Acquire coordination skills
Students will learn about editing and production of newspapers, magazines, and web media. They will cultivate their “editorial skills” in planning, coverage, writing, and use of graphics to create attractive magazines. They will also acquire the ability to plan and produce advertising PR.

Main lectures: Advertising culture, editorial culture studies, etc.
Main exercises: Planning, reporting, editing, and producing magazines, web media, and advertisements

Broadcast Expression Course

From “communicate” to “be communicated”
Acquire the ability to express with your own voice and personality
Students will learn about radio and television program production, as well as voice actors’ and narrators’ voice expressions. They will acquire various techniques and skills to communicate visually and aurally.

Main lectures: Visual culture, broadcasting culture studies, etc.
Main exercises: Radio and television program production and post-recording & narration

Features of Learning

Challenge to theater, a comprehensive art
In “Creative Expression I (Acting),” which is a required class for first-year studentsofthe School of Communication and Design, students challenge themselves to create their original play every year. They are divided into groups and create everything by themselves, from the script to direction, lighting, sound, costumes, and stage sets. Through this experience, students learn that the stage is made up by many people, as well as the importance ofeach individualindependently taking the initiative to cooperate with their peers.
Learn from professionals who are active on the front lines
We invite professionals of expression as visiting professors or specially appointed professors. Those who are active in various fields such as producers, writers, journalists, editors, lyricists, playwrights, performers, and voice actors give lectures based on practical experience.
Improve literary expression skills
Language is essential to expression. Above all, "Creative Expression (Writing)," which is a required class for first-year students, serves as a foundation for improving writing skills. In the first semester, students will learn basic expressions and compose essays about what they feel in their daily lives to create a class essay collection. In the second semester, students will acquire knowledge and skills for rich literary expression by working on a variety of genres, including drafting food reports, producing catalogs, creating copies, and writing texts tailored to the target readers.
Various expressions
The ways to convey your thoughts and feelings to others in an easy-to-understand manner include expression by writing or words and that through pictures or other creations. In order to cultivate rich ability of expression, we also incorporate Suiboku-ga (ink painting) techniques and calligraphy into our classes, where students learn a variety of expressions to make others empathize and to make themselves understood.
Professional equipment
We have a theater, broadcasting station, and editing studio dedicated to the School of Communication and Design on campus, which can be used not only for classes but also for club and circle activities.
Community collaboration project
Campus is not the only place for students to learn. In the community collaboration projects with Itabashi City Office and Shimura Police Station, students canactually experiencecommercial video, poster, comic, and copy production, and an event moderator and shadow announcer. They have opportunities to contribute to the community by means of their own various expressions.