Associate Professor, Program Chairperson NARUKAWA, Hajime Designing "X" in unexplored fields

Associate Professor, Program Chairperson

The XD (X-Design) program is centered around design and art, with science and technology as the "creative mind" driving force of its research. From prototyping to real-world implementation, the XD program re-institutes and integrates elements that have conventionally been divided, such as art and science, subjectivity and objectivity, theory and practice, and irreproducibility and universality. We nurture experts who can design and research in unexplored fields.

The program's creative mind is composed of "5 X's":
1) creating the "unknown (X)" values and research fields that have yet to be named,
2) imagining "eXtreme" situations that could happen in the future,
3) continuing "eXperiments" and prototyping to improve,
4) "crossing (X)" beyond the boundaries of diverse cultures, arts, and academic areas,
5) "eXpressing" yourself through art, music, systems development, fabrication,
communication, and design.

Once enrolled in the XD program, each of you will be able to wield the language of writing, as well as modeling, drawing, and performing, to add new interpretations to your research on these 5 X's. Furthermore, the XD program provides a rich interaction among SFC laboratories that transcends various fields, allowing them to develop each other's unknown designs and research through a lively exchange of ideas.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Art Science
  • Mobile Methods: Practice
  • Mobile Methods: Theory

List of Acaemic Project

Faculty Members(as of April, 2023)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
FUJII, Shinya Associate ProfessorDrums and Rhythm, Neurosciences and Music (NeuroMusic), Music Perception and Cognition, Motor Control and Learning
ISHIKAWA, Hajime ProfessorLandscape Architecture, Cartography
KATO, Fumitoshi ProfessorCommunication and media studies, Qualitative research methods
MATSUKAWA, Shohei Associate ProfessorArchitectural Design, Algorithmic Design, Design Process Theory
NAKAGAWA, Erika Assistant ProfessorArchitectural design and design related to architecture in general, neighborhood design
NAKANISHI, Yasuto ProfessorUI/UX, HCI, HRI, Design Aid System, Creative Activity Support
◎NARUKAWA, Hajime Associate ProfessorArchitecture, Product Design, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Perspective, Map Projection, Geometry
SAVAGE, Patrick Associate ProfessorMusic, Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Cultural Evolution, Digital Humanities
TANAKA, Hiroya ProfessorDesign Engineering, 3D/4D Printing, Circular Economy
WAKITA, AkiraProfessorVisualization, Geometric Modeling, Smart Material


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
MASUI, Toshiyuki ProfessorUser Interface, Ubiquitous Computing
SUWA, Masaki Professorcognitive science, artificial intelligence, communication design, design science

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

The program aims to develop creators who design innovative value with integrating their own five senses, skills and advanced technology. Some graduates of this program join domestic and international industries such as telecommunication, business consulting, electronic appliance, game, CG design, broadcasting, movie, advertising, WEB, cellular phone contents and publishing. Yet some graduates of this program have become artists, Ph.D. students or faculties in universities, and founders of venture companies. They would be called designer, artist, engineer, design researcher, design engineer, design director, art director, media artist or media architect. Furthermore, we hope they could develop new types of work beyond established category.