Graduate School of Media Design Philosophy and Features

KMD trains students to become "media innovators," our term for the globally-oriented creative leaders who drive activities in the creative society. Accordingly, we use English and Japanese as our official languages and work in an environment designed to maximize our state-of-the-art network infrastructure. The curriculum and its integrated projects focus on the three pillars defined below to give students the experience they need to "MAKE, DEPLOY, and IMPACT" in an international context.

1.Innovation Pipeline

KMD views innovation as an integrated process that we describe as "MAKE, DEPLOY and IMPACT," and uses an educational model called the "innovation pipeline." "MAKE" refers to an iterative "Build to Think" process of developing and proposing ideas, and then verifying them through ethnography and prototyping. This process encourages students to think about and evolve their ideas as they build. The equipment and environment at KMD allow students to gain practical experience in the "MAKE" phase. In "DEPLOY", students work to deliver prototypes to society. In this phase, students learn how to accelerate new ventures, and how to promote and present their ideas more effectively. In the "IMPACT" phase, we learn about strategies for developing new fields and disrupting existing fields for the purpose of bringing value to the creative society.


In the global community, it is crucial that we understand the nature of local economies and cultures and are able to respect each other's expertise and values. KMD's diverse community provides the basis for acquiring this expertise. Nearly 40% of KMD students come to Japan from other countries, and they bring their own cultural and social values. There is a broad range of academic backgrounds, with many bringing experience in business, and age group diversity, which is a distinct advantage. KMD highly values diversity in its many forms and the synergy that it creates. Our students encounter diversity in a variety of ways on a daily basis, and they understand, respect, and value each other.

3.Radical Collaboration

Innovation occurs when a team is able to combine its members' different areas of expertise, experience, and perspectives. The environment at KMD facilitates the serendipity that comes from chance encounters with people from different backgrounds. Serendipity breeds new ideas that serve as the starting points for innovation. What starts out as serendipity turns into synergy; this is how breakthroughs occur. At KMD, our students of different academic and cultural backgrounds collaborate with other students, faculty members, and outside organizations, including those in our satellite locations in Osaka and Singapore, via our high-definition video conferencing system. Beyond KMD, the CEMS Program, GID Program, and EBA Program offer students shared curricula with other globally-ranked graduate schools.