Tokyo Designer Academy

Tokyo Designer Academy

(School name changed from vocational school Tokyo Designer Gakuin in April 2024)


Tokyo Designer Academy
Features of
(School name changed from vocational school Tokyo Designer Gakuin in April 2024)

Tokyo Designer Academy Academy (changed name from Tokyo Designer Gakuin Vocational School in April 2024) offers a condensed two-year “design life”

While always being aware of the points of contact with society, we come into contact with various designs, learn from them, and give them form.
How can we interact with society using design as a weapon? You are sure to find the answer at Tokyo Designer Academy.

State-of-the-art facilities and equipments

Our facilities are updated day to day including the class contents to make the full use of the latest environment in the school! By learning in the same environment as the front line of the industry, "practical skill" and "work ready skills" are cultivated.

Cross-Educational System

Curriculum beyond your specialty

You can enhance your specialization in compulsory subjects, and broaden your skills in elective subjects. For example, students in the Graphic Design department can take classes in the Visual Image Design department or the Photography department of a sister school, and learn techniques for editing tasteful images and videos that can be introduced on the web.

Special Curriculum

In addition to production skills, you will acquire planning and communication skills. In the Designer's Audition, more than 200 companies and production creators participate every year. Student works (portfolios) are evaluated directly, and recruitment activities are carried out on the spot.

Designers' Audition

More than 200 companies and production creators participate each year, and directly evaluate the students' works (portfolios). Recruitment activities are carried out on the spot as well.

Campus Life

Introducing our exciting campus life of the 2 years.

  • Designers' Market

    School Festival on the 1st year

    With the goal of selling your own work as a product, students consistently perform planning, design, production, booth construction, and sales. In addition to production skills, we develop their planning and communication skills.

  • Design Award

    Graphic Design Department : Design Competition

    This is a design competition open to students of graphic design departments at the Academy's main campus across the country.

  • Study Abroad Online

    Interact with Los Angeles designers while staying in Japan

    With a three-month program, students interact with American teachers and make a presentation about their art work in English once a year. You can learn about design styles of abroad while staying in Japan, and receive comments and advices from the professional designers from Los Angeles.

Departments & Majors

Introducing the subjects you can study at Tokyo Designer Academy Academy (changed name from Tokyo Designer Gakuin Vocational School in April 2024)

Tokyo Designer Academy (TDA), a comprehensive design school, covers all genres related to design in order to meet the human resource needs of each industry.
Through highly specialized classes, we develop professionals who can work immediately.

  • Graphic Design Department

    • Design major
    • Visual expression major
    • Illustration Design Major
    • Advertising Design Major
    • Magazine Editorial Design Major
    • Web Design Major/Designer Course
    • Web Design Major/Engineer Course
  • Visual Image Design Department

    • 3DCG Major
    • VFX Major
    • Motion Graphics Major
    • Video Creator Major
  • Illustration Department

    • Illustration Major
    • Digital Illustration Major
    • Game Illustration Major
    • Character Illustration Major
    • Picture Book Creation Major
  • Comic Illustration Department

    • Comic Illustration Major
    • Comic Character Major
  • Manga Department

    • Manga Major
    • Manga Story Major
  • Figure Design Department

    • Character Figure Major
    • Character Toy Major
    • Digital Sculptor Major
  • Product Design Department

    • Miscellaneous Goods Design Major
    • Toy Design Major
    • Industrial Design Major
    • Car Design Major
  • Interior Design Department

    • Interior Design Major
    • Interior Coordination Major
    • Furniture Design Major
    • Display Design Major
  • Architectural Design Department

    • Architectural Design Major
    • Residential Design Major
  • Fashion Design Department

    • Fashion Design Major
    • Costume Design Major
    • Fashion Distribution Major
    • Used clothes and Select shop Major
  • Design Research department

      A one-year program for students who have graduated from a specialized two-year or higher design, art, or architecture school, as well as universities, junior colleges, and technical colleges.
      The curriculum is fully customizable and entirely original. The aim is to further refine skills and knowledge in their specialized field and prepare for their debut or employment.

Tuition fee

  • 2 years, common to all departments
  • List of textbooks, teaching materials, and training expenses (estimated for the previous year)   
  1st year 2nd year
Enrollment Fee 170,000円
Tuition Fee
Full payment 920,000円 1,112,000円
1st semester 460,000円 556,000円
2nd semester 460,000円 556,000円
Educational enhancement expenses 100,000円 100,000円
Facility Fee 180,000円 180,000円
Alumni Association Fee 10,000円
School accident insurance premium *1 2,000円 2,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation from Designated School
Full payment 1,282,000円 1,194,000円
1st semester 822,000円 638,000円
2nd semester 460,000円 556,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation A
Full payment 1,282,000円 1,294,000円
1st semester 822,000円 738,000円
2nd semester 460,000円 556,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation B
Full payment 1,332,000円 1,344,000円
1st semester 872,000円 788,000円
2nd semester 460,000円 556,000円
The Akademeia 21st Century Scholarship not available
Full payment 1,382,000円 1,394,000円
1st semester 887,000円 838,000円
2nd semester 460,000円 556,000円
  1. *1 At our school, all students are required to enroll in student accident insurance through a contract with an insurance company, in preparation for unforeseen accidents such as traffic accidents and injuries that may occur during the school year from the day of enrollment until graduation.
  2. *2 Tuition fees for the second year include an additional monthly fee of 16,000 yen, as the focus will be on practical training and research topics.
Department Textbook/material costs PC Common teaching materials fee Total
Graphic Design Department 35,000円 250,000~304,000円 12,000円 297,000~351,000円
Visual Image Design Department 21,000円 21,000円 42,000円
Illustration Department 29,000円 270,000~320,000円 6,700円 305,700~355,700円
Comic Illustration Department 19,000円 260,000~310,000円 10,000円 289,000~339,000円
Manga Department 20,000円 8,000円 28,000円
Figure Design Department 39,000円 201,000~240,000円 64,000円 304,000~343,000円
Product Design Department 52,000円 220,000円 38,000円 310,000円
Interior Design Department 48,000円 270,000円 14,000円 332,000円
Architectural Design Department 127,000円 14,000円 141,000円
Fashion Design Department 172,000円 242,000~290,000円 18,000円 432,000~480,000円
  1. * The above includes 4,000 yen worth of online English conversation that can be used for 2 years.
  1. The above amounts include JPY 4,000 for fees of AIC Online English courses that can be used for two years.
  2. Tuition payment regulations

  3. Tuition fees are typically paid in a lump sum for one year, but installment payments for "first term" and "second term" are possible for tuition fees only.
  4. For those who request to decline admission by March 31st after completing the admission procedures, tuition fees excluding the admission fee will be refunded.
    For those who request withdrawal after April 1st, second semester tuition fees may be refunded based on the following criteria.
    ① If you submit a request for withdrawal between April 1st and September 30th and our school approves it, we will refund the second semester tuition fee for the academic year after deducting the prescribed administrative fee.
    ②If you submit a request for withdrawal between October 1st and March 31st and our school approves it, your tuition fees for that year will not be refunded.
  5. Failure to pay the tuition and the textbooks & materials fee by the designated date without notice will be considered a refusal to enroll.


 2-11 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Tokyo Designer Academy SNS
(School name changed from vocational school Tokyo Designer Gakuin in April 2024)

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