Tokyo Designer Academy

Tokyo Designer Academy

(Current) Tokyo Designer Gakuin College


Features of 
Tokyo Designer Academy
(Current) Tokyo Designer Gakuin College

Tokyo Designer Academy (Current: Tokyo Designer Gakuin College) 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.

  • Adachi Design Award

    Graphic Design Department : Design Competition

    A design competition for students of all the Graphic Design Department in the 4 core campuses of the Akademeia (former name: Adachi Education Group).

  • 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 departments you can study at Tokyo Designer Academy (Current: Tokyo Designer Gakuin College)

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

    • Graphic Design Major
    • Illustration Design Major
    • Advertising Design Major
    • Package 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
    • Media 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
    • Digital 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
    • Craft Design Major
  • Interior Design Department

    • Interior Design Major
    • Interior Coordination Major
    • Shop Design 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 900,000円 1,092,000円
1st semester 450,000円 546,000円
2nd semester 450,000円 546,000円
Educational enhancement expenses 90,000円 90,000円
Facility Fee 180,000円 180,000円
Alumni Association Fee 5,000円
Student Accident insurance 2,000円 2,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation from Designated School
Full payment 1,247,000円 1,164,000円
1st semester 797,000円 618,000円
2nd semester 450,000円 546,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation A
Full payment 1,247,000円 1,264,000円
1st semester 797,000円 718,000円
2nd semester 450,000円 546,000円
Scholarship for International Students by Recommendation B
Full payment 1,297,000円 1,314,000円
1st semester 847,000円 768,000円
2nd semester 450,000円 546,000円
The Akademeia 21st Century Scholarship for International Students not used
Full payment 1,347,000円 1,364,000円
1st semester 897,000円 818,000円
2nd semester 450,000円 546,000円
  1. *1 At our school, all students are covered by student accident insurance through a contract with an insurance company, in preparation for unexpected accidents such as traffic accidents and injuries that occur during the school year from the day of enrollment until graduation.
  2. *2 Tuition fees for the second year include an additional 16,000 yen per month, as the focus will be on practical training and research topics.
  3. The above amounts include JPY 4,000 for fees of AIC Online English courses that can be used for two years.
Department Textbook/material costs Cost of Computer*1 / Dressmaking / 
Makeup Tools, etc.
Common teaching materials fee *2 Total
Graphic Design Department 38,000円 212,000~234,000円 12,000円 262,000~284,000円
Visual Image Design Department 18,000円 6,000円 24,000円
Illustration Department 26,000円 226,000~253,000円 6,000円 258,000~285,000円
Comic Illustration Department 20,000円 231,000~258,000円 10,000円 261,000~288,000円
Manga Department 17,000円 8,000円 25,000円
Figure Design Department 54,000円 182,000~215,000円 54,000円 290,000~323,000円
Product Design Department 53,000円 215,000円 38,000円 306,000円
Interior Design Department 28,000円 209,000円 12,000円 249,000円
Architectural Design Department 123,000円 14,000円 137,000円
Fashion Design Department 159,000円 198,000~220,000円 29,000円 386,000~408,000円
  1. The above amounts include JPY 4,000 for fees of AIC Online English courses that can be used for two years.
  2. *1 You may not need to buy a PC. For more information, please contact the admissions department.
  3. *2 Common teaching materials cost is the cost of materials purchased by the school in bulk for the production of works. The amount will be determined according to the materials used by each department. The same amount will be collected separately in the second year.
  4. Tuition payment regulations

  5. In principle, tuition fees are paid in one lump sum for one year, but tuition fees can be paid in installments for the first semester and second semester.
  6. For those who request to withdraw from admission by March 31st after completing the admission procedures, tuition fees (excluding admission fees) 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 your application for withdrawal between April 1st and September 30th and our school approves it, your tuition fee for the second semester will be refunded after deducting the prescribed administrative fee.
    ② If 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.
  7. 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
(Current: Tokyo Designer Gakuin College)

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