The Global Innovation Design (GID) program is unparalleled in the world, offering a trans-national design education that bridges three major centers of design, culture and industry: Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University (KMD) in Tokyo/Yokohama, Imperial College and Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, and Pratt Institute (Pratt) in New York. These centers are international leaders in creativity and innovation, with complementary expertise in art, design, engineering, technology, and business. A select group of GID students will earn Master’s degrees while studying at and traveling between all three program centers. This is not just a study abroad experience, but a multi-institution model for higher education in the 21st century. Students gain a unique perspective by living and studying on three different continents, immersed in three different cultures, amidst three of the largest economies in the world. GID educates global design leaders ― “creative catalysts” for positive change in a globalized society.

This program had been supported as a "Reinventing Japan Project" by a grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

GID Global Website -

GID Curriculum

1st year

Students will spend a year at KMD. They will begin in "introductory subjects" and "skills subject" to master the design thinking required for innovation, the networking technology as a basis of information media, and the business management techniques and strategic storytelling methods required for commercialization. In "theoretical and strategic subjects" they will participate in lectures on advanced media technology, Japanese pop culture, business strategy and policy formulation conducted entirely in English. In addition, students will work on "International Project" in which they collaborate with companies on practical challenges.

2nd year

Students will spend a half year each studying at Pratt and RCA/Imperial, where they will participate in the universities' distinctive programs, complete coursework and projects, and interact with local students. Upon completion of the fourth term, the three schools will convene a joint jury where students will be required to give presentations in English. The GID Program Certificate will be issued upon the program completion.

3rd year

Upon return to Keio, students will write their master's theses as a summation of what they have achieved. They will present their work for review at the Keio Master’s Presentation, and will be granted master’s degrees in media design studies from Keio.

Assumed years for graduation differ by each center.
(KMD:2.5 years, Pratt: 3 years, RCA/Imperial: 2 years)
(KMD: 2年半、Pratt: 3年、RCA/Imperial: 2年)


The Graduate Program in Industrial Design is one of the most intense programs at Pratt, bringing the Institute’s heritage of aesthetic sensibility and individual expression to the common pursuit of creativity. On projects large and small, students translate ideas into a wide variety of forms, systems and structures. The sensibility of each emerging designer flourishes through individual thesis projects and contact with the design scene of New York, with its own broad scope of dynamism and heterogeneity.

Courses and Project Modules at Pratt

- Color
- Drawing
- 3D
- Prototypes:
  • Bio-mimicry
  • Design Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding
  • Motorcycle Design and Theory
- Global Research Seminar - International GID Project

Royal College of Art x Imperial College London : Global Innovation Design

London is home to both the RCA and Imperial. Their joint masters program in Global Innovation Design combines the creativity of an art and design college with the technical rigour of a world leading science based institution. The teaching philosophy is self-directed study and project-based learning. Students work on a diverse projects exploring many facets of innovation and technology including different approaches to innovation design, from fundamental experimentation to disruptive market focus, engineering skills and technologies, and sustainability.
RCAとImperialは、ロンドンを拠点とするカレッジです。両校のジョイント・プログラムであるGlobal Innovation Design修士コースは、アートカレッジの創造性と、世界的にも定評のあるサイエンス系カレッジの厳格なエンジニア技術の融合したコースです。学生はイノベーションとテクノロジーの様々な局面を体現しながら、基本的な実験だけではなく、市場焦点での破壊的技術、エンジニアスキル、テクノロジー、持続可能性まで多岐にわたるイノベーションデザインのプロジェクトに取り組んでいます。

Courses and Project Modules at RCA/Imperial

- Module 1: London Calling (2 weeks)
- Module 2: Billion Dollar Question (1 week)
- Module 3: Intensive Coding (1 week)
- Module 4: Across RCA (1 week)
- GID International Project (week 3 - 12)
- Module 5: GIZMO (3 weeks)


The admission application procedure is as same as normal application process of KMD except requiring additional materials for GID submission. Please find the following address to find out more detailed information.

> KMD admission information



> KMD入学案内

Admission Schedule in Academic Year 2018

Application Period I (for enrollment in September 2018 or April 2019)
Application Period II (for enrollment in April or September 2019)
Application Period III (for enrollment in April or September 2019)


Application Period-I Application Period-II Application Period-III
Date of Enrollment

September 2018

April 2019

April 2019
September 2019
April 2019
September 2019
Activation of Web Entry May 15 (Tue)-  
May 28 (Mon), 2018
September 11 (Tue)-
September 25 (Tue), 2018
January 8 (Tue) -
January 21 (Mon), 2019
Application Period May 22 (Tue)-
May 28 (Mon), 2018
September 18 (Tue)- 
September 25 (Tue), 2018
January 15 (Tue)-
January 21 (Mon), 2019
Applicants from Overseas  Must arrive by June 1 (Fri), 2018 Must arrive by September 28 (Fri), 2018 Must arrive  by January 25 (Fri), 2019
Announcement of Results of
First Screening
1:00 pm on
June 11 (Mon), 2018
1:00 pm on  
October 9 (Tue), 2018
1:00 pm on 
February 4 (Mon), 2019
Second Screening June 23 (Sat), 2018 October 20 (Sat), 2018 February 16 (Sat) & 17 (Sun), 2019
Announcement of Results of
Second Screening
1:00 pm on  
June 26 (Tue), 2018
1:00 pm on
October 23 (Tue), 2018
1:00 pm on 
February 19 (Tue), 2019

Tuition and Costs

Tuition per semester for the GID Program is the same as for regular KMD Master's programs. Actual costs can be found from the following link. GID students pay tuition to KMD while they are studying abroad. Students pay no tuition to the host institutions, but to the home institution.

> KMD tuition and fees

GID Students are responsible for their own living costs (housing, food, etc.), insurance fees (approx. 90,000yen), visa application fees, and airfares that are necessary for their study abroad. Depending on the host institution and project, some or all project materials and tools may need to be purchased by students.



> KMD学費について


Student Housing

GID students live in the housing provided by the host institutions.

London : Information
- Private Rooms in the off-campus cluster flat
- GBP 4,000 for the visiting period (TBC)

New York : Information
- Single Room in the on-campus townhouses
- USD 5,700 for the semester (TBC)



ロンドン : Information
- 学外にある学生寮(個室、キッチン・リビングは共同)
- 1学期間の寮費は約4,000 ポンド(予定)

ニューヨーク : Information
- 学内にある学生寮(個室、キッチン・リビングは共同)
- 1学期間の寮費は 5,700 米ドル (予定)

Estimated Living Costs


Examples KMD RCA/Imperial Pratt
Housing ¥224,000 – 336,000 ₤4,000 (¥588,000) $5,700 (¥627,000)
Food ¥160,000 – 240,000 ₤1,300 (¥191,000) $1,800 (¥198,000)
Books, Project materials ¥28,000 ₤700 (¥103,000) $1,000 (¥110,000)
Local Transportation ¥20,000 – 80,000+ ₤350 (¥52,000) $600 (¥66,000)
Cell Phone ¥20,000+ ₤140 (¥21,000) $320 (¥35,000)
Miscellaneous ¥60,000 ₤700 (¥103,000) $2,000 (¥220,000)
Total for 4 months ¥512,000 – 764,000 ¥1,060,000 ¥1,160,000
Total per month ¥128,000 – 191,000 ¥265,000 ¥290,000
- These are estimates and some categories will vary depending on the types of student projects. Values are calculated based on present currency exchange rates ($1.00 = ¥110, ₤1.00=¥147), which are subject to fluctuations over time.
- Students will need to pay for overseas insurance (approx 90,000yen in total), visa fees, accommodation in London and New York for the visiting period (provided by the host), normal living costs, project tools and materials, and flight.
-Tuition is paid to KMD, not the host institutions.

・上記は概算であり、取り組むプロジェクトにより費用が異なります。金額は現在の為替レート($1.00 = ¥110, ₤1.00=¥147)をもとにしたものであり、変更が生じますのでご了承ください。

GID Partnership Opportunities

It is urgent in Japan to train creative leaders with global mindset. KMD is preparing students with our international partners who understands the unique cultural and economic value of a region, respects the differences among regions, and is able to go beyond the framework of his or her own discipline to collaborate.


KMD Global Design Leadership Consortium aims to become a global talent training platform using experiences of KMD international partnership programs, and develop cutting-edge projects with consortium. We cordially invite your participation.



KMD Global Activities

Global Innovation Design Program
Royal College of Art/Imperial College London, Pratt Institute and KMD jointly offers residential design platform.


KMD-Stanford University “Joint Project-Based Global Learning”
5 week intensive project-based program using design thinking and storytelling approaches.


Keio-NUS CUTE Center
Established in 2009 to conduct joint research on digital media and interaction design.


KMD-KAIST Project Collaboration
Established in 2009 to conduct joint research on digital media and interaction design.


KMD-Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Project Collaboration
Joint projects on Sports are in preparation


We Welcome Organizations with Following Interests

  • - Recruiting global talent
  • - Recruiting creative and innovative talents
  • - Train internal staffs
  • - Joint project at the global scale
  • - Prototype development for emerging business
  • - Networking at the global scale


Activities and Membership

Consortium Activities

  • - Lecture/symposium, tutorial, networking approx. 3 times / year
  • - Joint project launch and execution


Consortium Membership Fee

  • - Annual basic membership Fee: 200,000 JPY
  • - Project Fee: Project Fee is dependent on the topic and scale of the project

GID Partnership Opportunities

日本においては、グローバルな視点で活動できるクリエイティブなリーダーの育成が急務です。KMD では、地域の特有な文化や経済価値を理解し、地域間の文化価値の差を尊重でき、さらには専門分野の枠を超えてコラボレーションできる人材を国際的なパートナーとともに育成しています。


KMD Global Design Leadership Consortium は、KMD で推進している複数のデザインやクリエイティビティを重視した国際連携プログラムのノウハウを基盤として、グローバルな人材育成を実施するプラットフォーム構築を目指すとともに、企業パートナーと先端的なプロジェクトの実施していきます。本活動にぜひご参加頂きたくお願い申し上げます。



Global Innovation Design Program
英国Royal College of Art/Imperial College London、米国Pratt Institute と提携をして滞在型教育を実施。


KMD-Stanford University “Joint Project-Based Global Learning”


Keio-NUS CUTE Center
2009 年に設立して先端メディアとインタラクションデザインの研究活動を実施。


KMD-KAIST Project Collaboration
KAIST Graduate School of Culture and Technology (GSCT) とデジタルメディアに関する共同研究を実施予定


KMD-Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Project Collaboration



  • ・グローバル人材を探している方
  • ・イノベーションを起こすクリエイティブ人材を探している方
  • ・社内人材育成を行いたい方
  • ・海外共同プロジェクトを実施したい方
  • ・新規事業のためのプロトタイプ開発をKMD と 共同で行いたい方
  • ・会員間交流で国際的なネットワークを広げたい方




  • ・講演会・勉強会・交流会 年3回程度
  • ・活動プロジェクトの設置・実施



  • ・基本年会費:20 万円
  • ・プロジェクト費:プロジェクトへのご支援・ご参加は、プロジェクト毎に相談させていただきます。

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