Architecture Technical College (Architecture Department, Architectural Design Research Department)



Architecture Department, Architectural Design Research Department

Architecture Department [4 Years]

Strive to be a first-class architect!
Students can obtain the most important certification in the construction industry, the First-class Architecture Certification, in the shortest possible time of six years, including two years after graduation. Our thorough follow-up system provides students with full assistance in career development for having business experiences from all aspects. Students may go to graduate school after graduation.

Architectural Design Research Department [2 Years]

Strive to be a second-class architect!
Students are qualified to take the second-class architect exam upon graduation. Transferring to the Architecture Department (4 years) may lead to acquisition of First-class Architect Certification in the shortest time. Classes for preparing for the second-class architect's exam are free even after graduation until passing the exam. Almost all of the students are successfully employed after graduation every year.

Architectural Design Course

Architectural Design Course

The curriculum includes classes for learning mainly about architectural design, training professional architects who can demonstrate their abilities in any kind of architectural design, from residences to large-scale buildings.

Interior Design Course

Interior Design Course

Students acquire skills to propose and design remodeling plans and comfortable living spaces.

Building Construction and Equipment Course

Building Construction and Equipment Course

Students gain basic knowledge of architecture, develop knowledge of building construction and equipment, such as seismic capacity, structural calculation, water supply installation, and air-conditioning installation, while gaining industrial-level skills in architecture.

Architectural Construction Course

Architectural Construction Course

Students acquire extensive knowledge about construction and management skills as a field supervisor (construction manager), as well as architectural construction skills, such as building production techniques, surveying techniques, and the latest techniques of various construction methods.

Architectural Design Course

What is architecture? Students try to answer this question through learning about planning and techniques to improve people's standards of living. The curriculum includes classes for learning basic methods for creating drafts, such as ground plans and 3D plans, using 2D and 3D CADs, as well as practical classes for learning about design concepts and presentation techniques for design expression. Classes also cover preparation for the knowledge test and drawing tests of the first and second-class architect exams.

Interior Design Course

The curriculum includes practical classes for learning about design concepts and expression techniques, as well as covering preparation for the Certification Test for Housing Environment Coordinator for Elderly and Disabled People. Students enjoy learning the basics of architecture and interior based on actual cases. Classes also cover preparation for the knowledge test and drawing tests of the first and second-class architect exams.

Building Construction and Equipment Course

The curriculum includes classes for learning about structural calculation and force in frames for designing safe buildings, experiments for learning mechanical properties of major building materials, classes for learning about surveying techniques, such as distance, level, and angle, classes for learning how to read and draw construction and equipment plans, and internships for learning practical knowledge and skills as well as the attitude of working as a professional architect.

Architectural Construction Course

The curriculum includes classes for learning about conventional construction methods for wooden buildings and construction methods for reinforced concrete buildings, steel construction and concrete block construction, and building construction process and finishing work. Students learn mechanical properties of major building materials through experiments, surveying techniques, such as distance, level, and angle, basic and applied technologies of construction through an actual construction process and a construction site tour, and practical knowledge and skills as well as the attitude of working as a professional architect through internships.

Architectural Design Research Department [2 years]

1st Year

The first-year curriculum covers subjects from the basics of architecture to specialized fields.

2nd Year

The second-year curriculum includes preparation seminars for the second-class architecture certification exam or the second-class building operation and management engineer certification exam.

Architecture Department [4 years]

1st Year

The first-year curriculum covers subjects from the basics of architecture to specialized fields.

2nd Year

The second-year curriculum includes classes for improving skills in specialized fields.

3rd Year

The third-year curriculum includes preparation classes for the first-class architect certification exam.

4th Year

The fourth-year curriculum includes internship and overseas training for finishing up the four-year program.

What is architecture? Students try to answer this question through learning about planning and techniques to improve people's standards of living. The curriculum includes classes for learning basic methods for creating drafts, such as ground plans and 3D plans, using 2D and 3D CADs, as well as practical classes for learning about design concepts and presentation techniques for design expression. Classes also cover preparation for the knowledge test and drawing tests of the first and second-class architect exams.

Successful completion of the 4-year program in the Architecture Department qualifies for the first-class architect certification exam. Students who graduate from the 2-year Architecture Department are qualified for the second-class architect certification exam. Graduates from the 2-year Architecture Department may enter the third year in the 4-year Architecture Department to further improve their skills.

While universities focus mainly on research and academics, technical colleges aim to train students with practical skills intensively. Our instructors with practical experience in the construction industry teach students practical know-how and processes.

There is a follow-up system for the first-class architect certification exam in getting practical experience, and a guaranteed passing system for the second-class architect certification exam. Our thorough support for qualification improvement is the critical difference from universities.

While average tuition fees for architecture major students at private universities are approximately 5.6 million* yen for 4 years, the average for architecture major students at Nihon Kogakuin College is approximately 4.38 million yen. Please compare the difference!
(* according to our survey in 2010)

The four-year Architecture Department is affiliated with the Open University of Japan, which provides lectures by first-class instructors, such as Tokyo University professors, via correspondence. Students who take courses in their curriculum have a chance to obtain a bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at the Open University of Japan.

We invite architects and designers who are active in the front lines of their fields in the world, such as world-famous architect Tadao Ando, for special lectures. You will have many chances to get comments on your work.

Architect (1st and 2nd-classes), building designer, housing designer, housing advisor, interior designer, interior coordinator, display designer, kitchen coordinator, furniture designer, architectural/interior sales representative, architecture CAD operator, city planner, building mechanical and electrical engineer, construction management engineer, construction structure engineer, construction managing engineer, real estate sales representative, surveying technician, carpenter, public worker (architecture/civil engineering), and more.

From a Teacher

First and second-class architect certifications are the most important and useful qualifications for people working in the architectural industry. The exams last almost half a year, so it is important to study perseveringly for achieving your own definite goal. Our certified instructors teach know-how to pass the exams in regular classes and preparation seminars.

Mr. Hideaki Hashimoto

Certifications with exemption of examination subjects
Commercial Space Designer Certification, Vectorworks Operation Expert Certification

Certifications for which students are qualified upon graduation
First and Second Class Architect Certifications, Timber-building Architect Certification, First and Second-class Building Operation and Management Engineer Certifications, First and Second-class Construction Managing Engineer Certification, First and Second-class Landscape Gardening Work Operation and Management Engineer Certification, First and Second-class Pluming Work Operation and Management Engineer Certifications, First and Second-class Construction Machine Operation Engineer Certifications, First and Second-class Electrical Work Operation and Management Engineer Certifications, Building Service Engineer Certification, and Interior Planner Certification.

Obtainable Certifications
Second-class Building Operation and Management Engineer Certification, Architecture CAD Certification, Building Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Certification, Vehicle Type Construction Machine Operator Advanced Certification, Small Mobile Crane Operator Advanced Certification, Crane Operator Advanced Certification, Interior Coordinator Certification, Color Coordinator Certification, Certification for Housing Environment Coordinator for Elderly and Disabled People, CAD Operator Engineer Certification, Real-estate Transaction Specialist Certification, Kitchen Specialist Certification, and more.

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