After enrollment, the first two years of study focus on the series of processes, from design to construction, and cultivate foundational production abilities. In particular, students receive direct, hands-on education from professional craftsmen on everything from greetings to production with the use of tools in the practice area on the first floor of the Department of Building. As a result, students can try a basic internship in the second quarter of their second year.
Woodworking and Carpentry
Timber construction training begins with learning how to use and maintain one’s tools. They are not just tools of carpentry. Tools are the way of the carpenter. They are important partners, like the sword is the way of bushido (samurai spirit).
After studying carpentry tools, first-year students make toolboxes, log benches, roof models, and planters.
Surveying and Material Performance
In surveying class, students learn to precisely measure the three elements of production: length, height, and angle. Through mastering the use of precision optical tools, students realize lofty goals, like satellite surveys (with GPS).
In the first quarter of first grade, students test and study experiments on the properties of materials such as concrete and wood.
Masonry, Stone Cutting, Supporting Structures, and Temporary Constructions
Part of the architectural process is laying stones. In this practice, students learn the concept of force through stacking, as laying stones to create spaces and structures is the foundation of construction.
Temporary construction, like scaffolding, is indispensable for the construction of any building. Accordingly, first-year students have hands-on exercises assembling scaffolding.
Reinforced Concrete and Welding
Students study the basic construction of reinforced concrete: assembling rebar, forming molds, and pouring concrete, the first steps in constructing a building.
Welding is the fusing of steel materials; students study safe and accurate operations as well as knowledge of materials and the principles of welding.
Concrete Work, Plastering, and Tiling
All first-year students create a building completely from concrete: the columns, walls, beams, and floors.
Plastering is a basic technique for a wet finish; students learn various wet finish techniques related to plasterwork.
Painting and Waterproofing
Brushing, roller-painting, and spray-painting; there are many ways to paint.
Students learn to waterproof the external environment of buildings with asphalt or sheets.
Drafting, Lifesaving, and Sanitation
When constructing a building, drawings are essential. First grade students begin study on how to draw and create architectural drawings, which communicate intentions of form and space.
Second grade students, for their second quarter internship, prepare and study the basics concepts of sanitation and workplace safety.
A wooden, two-story house was built using a traditional framework method. From expanding their skills through their internship experiences, second grade students take applied training.
This training strengthens understanding of the construction process, planning temporary steel constructions, and the production of steel frame construction.
Students make steel houses by modeling the steel construction method; they also study joining methods and standardized construction processes.
Reinforced Concrete Structures
Students make concrete monuments and playground equipment from their designs; key points include shaping and finishing techniques.
The amount of materials for use requires precise calculations.