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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Short-term Required GPA: 2.5
Study Abroad Contact: Dominique Brown
Program Description:


Japan urban setting
Design and Culture in Japan is a two-week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa that will take place just before the 2020 Olympic Games in July. Students will have the opportunity to observe visual communication on a global scale and across various media platforms. Additionally, the trip will introduce students to the intricacies of Japanese design in both historic/traditional and contemporary culture by examination of how Japanese design has mutually influenced specific aspects of Japanese culture including art, design, fashion, architecture, advertising, television and everyday life in Japan.

The trip will start with four days in Kyoto. The city carries a reputation as Japan’s most beautiful city and the nation's cultural capital. It provides a taste of dense urban sprawl and the tranquility of temples and parks. During its millennium at the center of Japanese power, culture, tradition, and religion, it accumulated an unparalleled collection of palaces, temples and shrines, built for emperors, shoguns, and monks. Kyoto was among the few Japanese cities that escaped the allied bombings of World War II and as a result, Kyoto still has an abundance of prewar buildings.

Next, we’ll take the Thunderbird Express Train (2 hours) to the costal city of Kanazawa for two days. The city is well known for its traditional gardens, art museums, and regional handicrafts. Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art. The cuisine is also famous throughout Japan and the quality of food is so high, that essentially you'll eat good food whatever the price.

The remainder of the trip will be spent in Tokyo, the most populated urban area in the world. We’ll take a bullet train (2.5 hours) to the capital city where our time will be spent between studio visits to notable design companies, cultural and historic sightseeing, and collaborating with design students at Temple University Japan Campus in a variety of lectures and activities. We’ll tour the Olympic Venues and study the impact these global games have on the design and culture of the city. There will be opportunities to visit cultural and historical sights on the outskirts of the city too. Students will also have scheduled free time to explore the city and personal interests.


Shiro Akiyoshi is an Associate Professor at CDM’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media. He obtained his M.F.A. in Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a graphic designer and artist. He has been a freelance designer since 1995, and has worked on various design projects for international corporations, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, art galleries, and artists. His art and design work has been exhibited in Japan as well as the United States. His current research projects involve digital imaging, illustration, and montage, combining digital and traditional Japanese image making processes.











LeAnne Wagner is a Senior Lecturer in Experience Design and Digital Communication Media Arts. She has an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School – Parsons and an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati. Her teaching focuses on human centered design methodologies, interface design, play, and digital fabrication. She is also a professional UX/UI and strategic innovation consultant for start-ups and Fortune 100 companies.

 
Course GD 380: Design for Client and Community: Design and Culture in Japan
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Cross Listings DMA 495 - Special Topics in Digital Media Arts Workshop: Design and Culture in Japan
Liberal Studies Domains: TBD
Taught by Shiro Akiyoshi and LeAnne Wagner
Course Meetings April 3, 1:00-3:00pm
April 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm
May 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm
May 15, 1:00 – 3:00pm
June 12, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Course description This course is one of the two course sequence which the students participating in the Design and Culture in Japan Study Abroad program should take. Undergraduate students register for this course (GD 380) in the Spring and another course (GD 390) in the Fall, for a total of 8 credits. GD 380 satisfies the Junior Year Experiential Learning domain requirement. Graduate students register for this course (DMA 495) only in the Spring for 4 credit hours.

The study trip consists of three parts: pre-trip session, the trip, and post-trip session. GD 380/DMA 495 is the pre-trip session (5 meetings). It will include lectures and presentations by guest speakers which provide the overview of the Design and Culture in Japan. Based on the personal interest and preliminary research, each student writes a research paper. There will also be two more assignments with different aims.

GD 390 is the post-trip session (5 meetings). In addition to a trip journal, every student creates a final project. The post-trip meetings will be discussions of experiences in the trip and presentations of the final projects.

Graduate students who are enrolled in DMA 495 will have to meet once after the trip to present his/her final project.


Course GD 390: Special Topics in Graphic Design: Design and Culture in Japan
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered TBD
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective &Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Shiro Akiyoshi and LeAnne Wagner
Course Meetings TBD
Course description This course is one of the two course sequence which the students participating in the Design and Culture in Japan Study Abroad program should take. Undergraduate students register for this course (GD 380) in the Spring and another course (GD 390) in the Fall, for a total of 8 credits. GD 380 satisfies the Junior Year Experiential Learning domain requirement.

The study trip consists of three parts: pre-trip session, the trip, and post-trip session. GD 380/DMA 495 is the pre-trip session (5 meetings). It will include lectures and presentations by guest speakers which provide the overview of the Design and Culture in Japan. Based on the personal interest and preliminary research, each student writes a research paper. There will also be two more assignments with different aims.

GD 390 is the post-trip session (5 meetings). In addition to a trip journal, every student creates a final project. The post-trip meetings will be discussions of experiences in the trip and presentations of the final projects.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.



Students stay in comfortable hotels during the trip.
 

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

 

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If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Japan program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.  

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/13/2020
02/21/2020 06/15/2020 06/30/2020

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This program is currently not accepting applications.