Tokyo Communication Arts College: Design Program

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School Introduction

The Tokyo Communication Arts (TCA) Technical College follows Three Educational Guidelines, which are: Vocational Education, Human Education, and International Education

With a belief that to in order to develop the talent that is needed in the industry, the student must work alongside the industry, TCA has practiced an "academia-industry collaborative education" since its establishment in 1988 by providing programs that work in close cooperation with companies, and by doing so has been successful in producing students that become immediately effective in the professional creative industry after graduation.

TCA stands behind its excellent professional education with a 3-year and 4-year curriculum that fosters a real & rich creativity based on the beauty of human ingenuity. This school is for the student who wishes to develop him or herself as a creator of the future.

Note that this school’s courses are all offered in Japanese only.
Minimum Course Duration: 2 years

Department Introduction

About the Program

The World of Design at TCA is about creating designs and illustrations that inspire, move, and influence people in this ever-evolving industry. With a small number of people in the class, students are able to develop high-level skills quickly, going from knowing nothing to being able to navigate the designers tools and create within the 1st year, and realize, explore and develop your individuality and strengths. Moreover, like most programs of TCA, the facilities, including the computer rooms, are open 24-hours a day, allowing students the freedom to devote themselves to their work as much as they like.

Within these 3-year programs, students learn how to produce and also how to sell their designs and illustrations, cultivating their power to express concepts strongly and effectively, learning universal techniques of drawing and illustrating while implementing individual methods of expression. This department also has an incredible success rate, with 100% of its students finding employment post-graduation in 2017 at such major companies as: BANDAI Namco Pictures, Glee, DMM, Success, Sega Interactive, Craft Worldwide, Mash Design Lab, JC Staff, From Software, Production IG, and more. And with the "W Major Curriculum" Policy, students are able to branch out from their initial major and choose courses from other programs in order to stimulate their interests and enhance their skillset & employability as a more well-rounded designer.

This program prepares students for the following careers:
  • Graphic Designer
  • Character Designer
  • CI Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Magazine Editor
  • Web Director
  • Web Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Product Planner
  • Toy Designer
    And more...

After this 3-year program, students will graduate with nationally-recognized Advanced Specialist Degree that is considered the equivalent to a 4-year University Degree from a technical school.

Graduates go on to work for at the following company types:
  • Advertising agencies, advertising design companies, publishers, newspaper, printing companies
  • DTP production, advertising production, editing production, web production, product design, interior design
  • Department stores, specialty stores, general goods-fashion-toy manufactures, miscellaneous goods, fashion shops, previous metals, accessories makers, etc.

Students can choose between 3 majors:

  • Graphic Design Major
    Learn to design graphics in a variety of media types including digital and print forms, to enhance product and brand power.
  • Illustrator Major
    Create original and influential works by developing your high skills of drawing and creativity, while learning key techniques of illustration and design that can encompass them.
  • Interior Design Major
    Create designs that fuse beauty and functionality to create products and spaces that meet the needs of the times.

Main Features

Employment after graduating
TCA offers a complete system of support out of its Career Support Center, which has connections and relationships directly with the industry.
Fosters Real Abilities
Within your 3-year or 4-year program, you will push hard to acquire the practical power and skill required, from learning the basics to real applications that prepare you for the industry.
Corporate Projects that give real-life experience
Tackle issues that corporations are facing at the present day and create solutions in class just as one would in the real world through the guidance of teachers who are active creators in the industry.
W Major Curriculum expands your possibilities
In addition to the classes that fall under the major that you decided at the time of admission, through this system you are able to choose courses from other majors. This freedom expands your talents and interests and makes you a more versatile creator in the world.
Overseas Practical Training
Although you may be taking this course from oversees as is, in your 3rd year you have the ability to go abroad for further training in places such as Milan, Los Angeles, and Paris in order to further your worldly perspective.
Support whenever you need it
The school offers support to its students through consultation about daily school life from a team of responsible staff, in addition to professional instructors who guide and support students’ studies.

School Location

Nearest station: Nishikasai station (Tokyo Metro Tozai line)
Distance from station: 1 minute walk

The school is located in Nishikasai, where has variety of amusement facilities such as Metro Museum, su-pa-sentou (Public bath), Game shops, and even Tokyo Disney Resort. In Nishikasai, there are countless opportunities to find inspirations and develop your creativity.

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