KMD views the creation of innovation as a continuous process, which we describe as “MAKE,” “DEPLOY,” and “IMPACT,” and adopts an educational model called the “innovation pipeline.” “MAKE” refers to an iterative “Build to Think” process of developing and proposing ideas that are verified through ethnographies and prototyping, encouraging students to think about and evolve their ideas as they build. KMD provides an environment with facilities that allow students to put this process into practice. In the “DEPLOY” phase, students work to release prototypes in society and learn how to accelerate new ventures and to promote and present their ideas more effectively. In the “IMPACT” phase, they learn strategies for both developing new fields and disrupting extant fields (large scale innovation) with the objective of spawning the value required to support creative societies.
In the global community, it is crucial that we understand and respect the nature of local economies and cultures, as well as one another’s expertise and sense of values. KMD strives to mold a “community” at the school that stresses the importance of diversity. Nearly 40% of KMD students come to Japan from various regions around the world, and students can experience diverse cultures and social values firsthand. There is also a broad-spectrum of academic backgrounds among the students admitted, with many having already gained business experience, and KMD is home to a manifold of specialisms. Another characteristic of the KMD community is its wide-range of age groups. KMD highly values diversity in its many forms and the synergy it creates. Our students encounter diversity in a variety of ways on a daily basis, which allows them to learn to understand, respect, and value each other.
Team activities combining different areas of expertise and experience that exceed the abilities of any one individual is essential for creating innovation. KMD has built an environment that facilitates the serendipity of chance encounters with people from distinct backgrounds. Serendipity breeds novel ideas that serve as starting points for innovation. What begins as serendipity turns into synergy; this is how breakthroughs occur. In order to realize collaboration not only within KMD but externally, particularly globally, KMD has introduced a high-definition video conference system in addition to establishing satellite campuses in Osaka and Singapore with Hiyoshi Campus serving as the headquarters. Furthermore, the CEMS, GID, and EBA programs each offer students shared curricula with other globally ranked graduate schools.
The mission of KMD is to develop creative leaders and innovators who have the ability to globally collaborate beyond disciplines and cultures to innovate create social value. The official language of KMD is both English and Japanese. The curriculum is structured to have practical projects with external partners at its core, to acquire practical skills and theories including research and development of advanced digital technology, project management under multi-location and cultural environment, product and service design, business model and policy recommendations.
● Diploma Policy
In the master’s program, students apply the comprehensive perspective they have acquired in the real projects to write the master’s thesis. In the doctoral program, students submit a doctoral dissertation proposal after deciding their academic advisor. If accepted, a Dissertation Advisory Committee is established. Students begin writing the draft of the doctoral dissertation once permitted by the committee. Upon submission of the draft, the external examiners appointed by the committee review the dissertation anonymously and indicate any necessary amendments. After the final version of the doctoral dissertation is submitted, a public doctoral dissertation defense is held and the Dissertation Advisory Committee members and external examiners make a final decision.
● Curriculum Policy
At the heart of the curriculum is the real project; students are expected to acquire the necessary practical skills to execute the project and raise their expertise in their chosen field after learning about all four areas of Design, Technology, Management, and Policy in the introductory courses.
● Admissions Policy
KMD seeks students with a passionate and visionary global perspective who are brimming with creativity and compositional abilities. Applicants are evaluated based on their potential regardless of academic background. An interview will be held after the documentation screening.
● Name of School
Graduate School of Media Design
● Name of Major
Major in Media Design
Master of Media Design
Ph.D. in Media Design
● Student Body
Master’s program: 80 students per year (total capacity of 160)
Doctoral program: 10 students per year (total capacity of 30)