Specialized Education

Films

Mastering a wide range of skills in planning, live-action filming, digital editing, and film business.

The curriculum allows students to study the basis of digital representations such as films, 3DCG, programming, web, design, and animations in combination. To experience the fun of producing digital work, students are exposed to practical production exercises from the first year with the aim of acquiring professional knowledge, skills, expression techniques, and business theory from the basics. As students learn of their aptitude to determine future directionality, they gain a deep sense of their expertise in seminars from the third year to establish their specialized area.

Characteristics of learning

By acquiring the flow and basics of film production, students learn comprehensively from 3DCG to other domains.

By acquiring the theory and knowledge that serves as the foundation of film production, students learn from planning, shooting and editing through the practice of creating works. Their range of expression further expands by learning other domains related to film such as 3DCG.

Deepening the understanding of film industry by learning films from a business perspective.

The course teaches students about business practices, such as the screening, distribution and advertising methods of works. It aims to foster talented personnel who can bear the future of the film industry extensively as a film director, film producer and people in charge of distribution and advertisements at film companies.

Students are dedicated to their own film production at the Hachioji production studio, which is equipped with ample facilities.

From a crane camera to greenbacks for image integration, the production studio is equipped with shooting facilities that professionals use. It also has a facility where students can lodge together so that they can devote themselves to their production works to their heart’s content.

Sample courses

Itaya seminar: Students actually engage in filming, editing and audio editing to create an assignment commercial. Their works are shown at a review where faculty members and students can share opinions proactively. The faculty provides specific guidance from a professional viewpoint.

Story production practice: Students master story production techniques and its analysis technique for novels, comics, movies and games by understanding story theory. It extensively teaches students using plot making, story composition and character setting.

Examples of recommended courses

Filming technique seminar/History of film representation/Story creation seminar/Basic video creation seminar/Advanced video creation seminar/VFX seminar/Scenario creation seminar/Film shooting seminar/Creative scenario/Film direction, etc.

Some of our faculty

Professor Satoshi AKAGI: Director of various types of films from hit movies and animations to music videos. A winner of a number of movie awards.

Professor Mitsuhiro SAITO: A successful publishing and ad producer who also specializes in ad marketing of international and domestic movies.

3DCG

Mastering advanced 3DCG skills, which are key elements for games, animations and movies.

3DCG is used in medical, product design, games, animations and movies. By learning the basis of the techniques, students acquire VFX, 3D images and other cutting-edge expression methods. Students also learn about live-action filming and CG integration techniques frequently used in movies, offering various types of expression methods.

Characteristics of learning

The world’s popular software are used to learn the latest 3DCG techniques.

Today, the 3DCG software, Maya, is one of the most used software applications in the filming and game industry. Students learn about how to use it from the ground up to create a 3DCG movie. In addition, students are also exposed to the techniques of VFX (visual effects) and 3D images.

Developing the abilities of accurately grasping three-dimensional objects to improve the 3DCG quality.

The course trains students in learning three-dimensional model making using clay, art anatomy for learning the shape and structure of the human body and drawing with the aim of developing excellent three-dimensional senses necessary for 3DCG production.

By acquiring knowledge and techniques of other domains, students’ possibilities are broadened to the maximum extent.

The course comprehensively teaches students using other domains, such as programming, game business and live-action film, in order to display their abilities in the 3DCG domain, as well as various industries and occupations.

Sample courses

Introduction to 3DCG: Students work on producing a short animation in a group setting. By producing in a group setting, students understand the flow of progress management and overall production similar to the environment of an actual production. It is also designed to develop the necessary skills.

Drawing: By eliminating preconceptions, students draw human skeletons while developing the abilities for accurate observation and drawing with pen tablets. It is designed to master the abilities to express object textures, light shade and shadows.

Examples of recommended courses

Art anatomy/Basic drawing/Drawing/Introduction to CG/Three-dimensional model making/3DCG practice/Advanced 3DCG Practice/VFX seminar/CG short film/Real-time graphics technique/Game development seminar/Filming technique seminar, etc.

Some of our faculty

Professor Junko KURODA: An energetic designer boasting the achievement of numerous awards from illustration to 3D.

Associate professor Isaku OGURA: DHU’s full-time faculty member who is an active CG designer of films and TV ads.

Graphic design

Developing flexible creativity and rich expression necessary for design professionals.

From ads, books and magazines to product packages, graphic design is found everywhere in our lives. In order to create design that draws attention and appeals to the heart, rich creativity and expression are necessary. DHU utilizes diversifying media from web to videos to develop designers who can succeed in a wide-ranging field by learning the technique of design expression, planning and the designs for increasing product value.

Characteristics of learning

Students learn the basics of design as well as software to form the base of technique that converts ideas into tangible form.

The course is designed to teach students design basics such as layouts and typography. It aims to increase creativity and design abilities through classwork for plane composition, methods, application of visual psychology and space composition. In addition, students develop the abilities of expression through drawing and expression practices.

Students are exposed to various media from the web to videos to become a designer who can play an active role in various domains.

By learning across various media from paper media, illustrations and the web to videos, students can develop their unique design in broad areas. With informality of genre, it is designed to cultivate a diverse and fresh expression regardless of genres.

A comprehensive study of design teaches students to determine attractive design.

Through actual experience from planning, brand development, advertising and the creation of presentation documents, the course helps students have a firm understanding of the entire process of design production. Students then pursue design that resonates with people.

Sample courses

Design Basics III and IV: Students learn the basic operation of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and the design rules of printed materials to create artworks. These courses are also designed to train students in learning appealing presentation technique besides design skills.

Typography: Students learn how to express and design characters functionally and impressively. By understanding the characters as an element of composing space, the goal is to master the basic of freely handling characters.

Examples of recommended courses

Basic drawing/Drawing/Color theory/Introduction to design/3D modeling/Design basic/Typography design/General design seminar/Ad idea theory/Ad production/Layout design/Graphic design/Expression seminar/Advanced expression seminar, etc.

Some of our faculty

Professor Haruyoshi NAGUMO: Offers outstanding theories and practices in the areas of design, expression and color.

Professor Eiji FUJIMAKI: An expert in CI, branding and art direction.

Animations

By learning from motion image production to direction, the course is designed to attain industry-ready abilities.

Japanese animations are highly appreciated overseas as it is the area that constitutes the core of the domestic content industry. DHU offers an enhanced curriculum to respond to industry trends at an early date where digitalization is on the rise. By offering an environment where students can learn various techniques from top creators, the course develops talented personnel in various domains who support the next-generation animation industry from motion image production and screenplays to movie director and producer. The goal is to equip students with the ability and practical skills to succeed extensively in and out of Japan.

Characteristics of learning

After developing observation skills, students learn the whole process from motion image production to direction.

After practicing drawing multiple times to develop observation skills, students start by learning the basis of motion image production and the principles of how people and objects move. The curriculum allows students to be exposed to the direction of artwork and animation production entirely.

Creating animations that go a step further by expanding the learning to 3DCG technology.

By learning animations and 3DCG comprehensively, students challenge a new type of animation production that uses 3DCG to draw backgrounds and characters. The course also aims to broaden the place where they can play an active role in the future by attaining knowledge in screenplay, staging and animation business.

Using the professional-use software to develop digital movie creation skills.

To respond to the digital movie technology frequently used in animation production studios, the course uses the latest software used by professionals. It aims to develop creativity through repeated practice and increase the work speed in the same way as actual job sites.

Sample courses

Animation drawing seminar: The seminar gives a demonstration of movements, such as walking and moving hands, to understand the principle of movement. Students actually draw animations on a paper placed on a light stand to make adjustments so that illustrations are actually moving.

Kuwahara seminar: Students produce high-quality animations in a team or individually. With the focus on entertainment, the seminar allows students to create unique works by hand drawing and CG, regardless of methods.

Examples of recommended courses

Basic drawing/Drawing/Introduction to animations/History of animations/Animation drawing seminar/Digital drawing practice tracing seminar/Character design key animation seminar/Art seminar/Animation shooting・Composite seminar/Animation direction/Animation scenario seminar/Manga culture theory, etc.

Some of our faculty

Associate professor Tomoko FUKUI: An expert of drawing various animation works

Visiting associate professor Satoshi KUWAHARA: An industry expert who staged animation works of Tezuka Osamu’s animations such as Astro Boy and Black Jack

Web

Gaining the knowledge and skills to lead the web industry.

From the popularization of smartphones, trends like Twitter and Facebook and the expansion of network business, the web industry continues to grow remarkably. DHU offers course in which students can master cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to succeed in the industry. The goal is to acquire website construction skills, planning and operation of various services to become talented personnel who can rejuvenate the industry today and in future.

Characteristics of learning

Learning website production from basics to advanced thoughtfully from the basics to advanced technology.

Web courses are divided into two areas - web design courses and coding (web programming) courses.

Students are able to learn both comprehensively or to specialize in either one. The website production project seminar ensures that students can maximize their specialized skill by working on a theme in a group setting.

The curriculum enables students to acquire composite learning to pursue new web expressions.

Students not only learn website development techniques but also the basics of design, video shooting and programming for game development. The course aims to equip students with the development techniques of various websites that incorporate videos, music and games.

Obtaining knowledge that leads web services to a business opportunity.

In parallel with website production techniques, students learn the basics of research, planning, Internet marketing and other courses in the business domain to allow them to utilize the knowledge in new business development using the web. It aims to nurture imagination that creates business.

Sample courses

Website prototype seminar: Students deepen their understanding of the design phase that plays a key in constructing websites to learn about the production method of highly accurate websites. The goal is to obtain efficient website construction skills.

Website markup seminar: Through actual practices, students learn how to develop websites from the ground up. By learning screen settings and design that take account of visibility and simplicity in an extensive manner, the goal is to grasp the points in making a preferred website.

Examples of recommended courses

Web front engineer seminar/Website prototype seminar/Web design seminar/Website production practice seminar/Website expression basic seminar/Advanced website expression seminar/Website production project seminar/Introduction to web design/Introduction to web planning/Introduction to web promotion/Introduction to web analytics/Internet marketing/Marketing strategy, etc.

Some of our faculty

Professor Masakazu URABE: A media producer who studies communications that change from magazines, web to mobile.

Associate professor Kosuke KURIYA: Guiding students to realize the dreams in the web design industry.

Game and Programming

Learning from the programming theory to leading-edge ICT technique in a comprehensive manner.

Programming is widely used in various industries from computers, smartphones, bank ATMs and product management in convenience stores. It is also a technology necessary in today’s game production. DHU aims to equip students with programming languages and network technology through practices. The course also expansively looks at new business that uses ICT to study and inquire its large opportunity.

Characteristics of learning

Students learn the cutting-edge ICT technique from faculty members who are active in the field

The curriculum is taught by faculty members who are also active in the ICT industry to provide cutting-edge programming techniques. The class contents are exciting and useful in nurturing the abilities of developing next-generation content.

Easy-to-understand, detailed class ensures even beginners can obtain solid skills.

To ensure even beginners who are leaning programming for the first time can keep up in class, students are taught carefully from the basics. From there, many types of programming languages are taught in order to develop an understanding of the mechanism of programming.

Seeking the possibilities of new contents that integrate the web and 3DCG.

Today’s ICT industry requires contents that integrate various techniques. Students are trained to cultivate the abilities to align all domains while being exposed to the studies of 3DCG, web and animations while focusing on the trends.

Sample courses

Real-time 3D graphics PRG: Based on the game development using Unity, students understand the basic techniques and approaches in real-time 3D programming. Students are also exposed to the basic technique of 3D programming in order to become talented personnel who can succeed in an actual 3D content production site.

C language program seminar: Students acquire C language that forms the basis of programming technique. In this course, students will learn operating principle of programs and logical thinking.

Examples of recommended courses

Engineer literacy/C language program seminar/Web program seminar/Real-time graphics technique/Smartphone application program seminar/Game development seminar/Network construction seminar/Database seminar/System design basics/Game information science/Computer technology/ICT technology general theory/Cloud computing, etc.

Some of our faculty

Lecturer Takayuki KAMIYA: A freelance programmer who plays a vital role in the actual development environment.

Professor Natsuo KOUDA: A technical expert of 3DCG who also plays an active role in book writing and lectures.

Business

Students learn management and marketing to create new content business.

Knowledge of business is required in all industries and occupations. Making a proposal in business is crucial when starting new contents or services. DHU uses actual cases to study business strategy, business planning and marketing. The goal is to increase practical skills through lectures by inviting the heads of corporations and practical classes that simulate making a presentation to investors.

Characteristics of learning

Learning the basics in economics, statistics and marketing to cultivate business sense through practical studies

This introductory course is designed for students who study business for the first time. Students then choose their path from three areas of engaging in business related to ICT, starting their own business and those who aspire for an advertising business to deepen their knowledge. They learn practical skills such as presentation and discussion skills.

A team of faculties who knows today’s business instructs students directly based on their actual experiences.

Students are taught by instructors who are mainly business managers active on the frontlines and producers engaged in digital content. The business know-how and industry trends from which students learn are indeed living knowledge. Their network in the industry is also noteworthy.

Students also obtain the knowledge of the web industry crucial for modern business.

Students learn about the web industries that have a strong link to modern business and concurrently study marketing analysis that used the Internet. The knowledge can be fully utilized in any industries and occupations.

Sample courses

Takumi seminar: The seminar focuses on the research theme of cognitive marketing in the Internet society. The research theme features a high degree of innovativeness and expertness. It also works with the e-marketing association, Expo group and other outside organizations.

Basic marketing: The course is designed to allow students to understand the basic flow of marketing using actual subjects, such as why certain products win a big market, why they are loved for a long time and why they are positioned apart from the rest.

Examples of recommended courses

Basic economics/Basic marketing/Basic accounting/Basic statistics/Basic research/Basic planning/Event planning/Project management/Business psychology/Internet marketing/Marketing strategy/Advertisement theory/Introduction to entrepreneurship, etc.

Some of our faculty

Professor Tsuguhito OOBA: An expert who makes efforts to develop talented personnel while engaging in a number of web integration projects.

Professor Eiichi TAKUMI: A specialist of e-marketing and psychology who concurrently serves as a corporate advisor for many corporations.

Professor Yuki NAGATA: An expert who constructs business strategies by applying MBA’s marketing theory.

Advanced media representation

For the research and creation of new media representation such as 4K videos and projection mapping

The new environment and business realized by SNS, big data and other digital technology, in fact, come in a wide variety. It is not too much to say that it still holds major possibilities. DHU allows students to learn the latest digital knowledge and representation with an eye on social trends at all times and study and create media and representations that have not appeared in the world. The courses aim to develop talented personnel who can make the future of rich creativity with exceptional skills.

Characteristics of learning

The research of 4K videos, projection mapping and cutting-edge technology

In this course, students are exposed to projection mapping, head mount displays specializing in virtual reality, 3D printers and wearable devices (smart watch and glasses) so that they can expand their knowledge of today’s latest technology and study expression techniques.

Students learn not only state-of-the-art media but also software development and expression techniques.

The curriculum covers not only the latest technology devices but also software, such as projection mapping, AR and applications. It also allows students to expose to 2D, 3D and live action images to learn about the expressions using the latest technologies.

Students study the latest business approach such as marketing approach.

By combining cutting-edge media and devices, such as ads using AR, with business courses, students learn about new marketing approaches. It also aims to explore business possibilities.

Sample courses

Sugiyama seminar: Each session features advanced media to look for and study approaches and ideas to utilize in the real world. Students exchange opinions from various viewpoints, making it a place of learning that leads to lively discussions.

Koda seminar: This course teaches expressive skills using smartphones, which have been the focus of attention. The smartphones, which is compact and equipped with a camera, can be used to express various things from gaming to AR.

Examples of recommended courses

C language program seminar/C++ program seminar/Game development seminar/Smartphone application program seminar/Real-time graphics technique/Modern media representation/Internet marketing, etc.

Some of our faculty

President Tomoyuki SUGIYAMA: The founder of Digital Hollywood who is a pioneer in the IT and content industry.

Professor Natsuo KOUDA: A technical expert of 3DCG who also plays an active role in book writing and lectures.