Niigata College of Art and DesignNCAD

Creative days! NCAD produces professionals!


The college has eight courses that leverage its strength as a comprehensive design school. The curriculum covers a wide area from design to manufacture and sales. The college also offers opportunities to experience the professional world, such as internships and participation in company projects and international competitions. Students can gain real-world work experience while in college.

Employment Track Record

Employment rate: 100% Many students have achieved their dreams and are working as specialists.

Career Guidance

The college has strong ties with the design and advertising material creation industries, a broad business network, and a solid support system, which only a traditional college can offer.

Major places of employment

Jamrucrew, Inc., Craft Sanyu Co., Ltd., Broadcasting System of Niigata Inc., SMDE, Inc., SANKO SEIKA CO., LTD., S.H.S.


Digital Design Course (three-year program)

This is a three-year course geared to the development of digital creators, where students learn the basics and application of digital design.

Graphic Design Course (two-year program)

This is a two-year course to develop graphic designers who can play a leading role in the industry. Students learn the basics and application of graphic design, including how to use a Mac.

Illustration Course (two-year program)

This is a course to develop illustrators with versatile ideas, skills, and power of expression through attentive teaching.

Character Illustration Design Course (two-year program)

This is a course where students acquire knowledge and skills to create characters to become professional character designers.

Arts, Crafts and Design Course (two-year program)

Students work to establish their own world view and aim to obtain jobs in a wide variety of industries as painters, artists or spatial designers.

Photo Design Course (two-year program)

Students aim to become photographers who work at the forefront of the industry while learning the true pleasure and depth of photography.

Sundries and Jewelry Design Course (two-year program)

This is a course to develop designers with industrial know-how, which includes everything from design, creation, and buyers to opening a shop.

Design Masters Course (one year)

This is a one-year course for working adults and university/junior college/vocational school students who aim to obtain jobs in the industry as industry-ready designers.


address 3-1-54 Yoneyama, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata

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