membership

Regular members

Regular members consist of individuals who are attempting to contribute to scholarly research in the field of design, who meet the criteria laid out in the Qualification Standards for Membership in the Japan Society for the Science of Design (hereafter, “membership rules”), and who have been approved by the Board of Directors.

To qualify for regular membership, an applicant must meet one of the following criteria for academic record or experience in design:

  • A graduate in design from a 4-year college or university in Japan or similar institute of higher learning overseas
  • A graduate in a field other than design from a 4-year college or university in Japan or similar institute of higher learning overseas, but who has a research history related to design
  • A graduate student majoring in design or an undergraduate student who is studying design as a major or research field at a 4-year college or university
  • A person who has majored in design at a junior college, technical college, or similar school, and who has conducted related research for at least 2 years after graduation
  • A person who has majored in design at a high school or similar secondary school and who has conducted related research for at least 4 years after graduation
  • Other applicants whom the Board of Directors deems to be qualified

Membership fee
13,000 yen/year; one-time 5,000 yen admission fee

Student members

Members must be enrolled at University or Special education academy of college-level. Also, members should have strong desire for design research and eager to be a regular member.

Membership fee
6,500 yen/year; free of one-time admission fee

Supporting members

Supporting members are individuals, corporations, or organizations approved by the Board of Directors that can work with the JSSD to help it achieve its objectives.

Membership fee
Three or more units (at 10,000 yen per unit)

Annual subscription members

Annual subscribers are individuals, companies, or organizations approved by the Board of Directors that have an annual subscription to the journals published by the JCCS

Membership fee
25,000 yen

Others
Life members

Life members are persons who have been regular members for at least 50 years who meet the criteria laid out by the membership rules and who have been recommended and approved by the Board of Directors.

Honorary members

Honorary members are regular members who have made exceptional contributions to the development of the Society, who meet the criteria laid out by the membership rules and who have been recommended and approved by the Board of Directors.

Guest members

Guest members are individuals who have contributed to the development of the Society, who meet the criteria laid out by the membership rules and who have been recommended and approved by the Board of Directors.

Advisors

Advisors are individuals who can provide advice and guidance for the development of the Society, who meet the criteria laid out by the membership rules and who have been recommended and approved by the Board of Directors.

Number of members

2,150 regular members;
50 supporting members;
63 annual subscription members