[Interview to CDA Students] Mitsuru Morita, a current student at IED in Italy – Part Ⅰ
An interview with CDA student Mitsuru Morita, who is currently going to IED in Italy
“How do you decide which school to attend for becoming a designer?”
It is sudden to ask you; however we would like to ask this question to those of you who are perusing a dream to be a designer.
Mr. Morita, a student of Car Design Academy is also currently attending in IED in Italy and he is one of our students in Japan who decided to go to abroad for gaining the next stage of education. Today on this interview with Mr. Morita, it is revealed that going to local school is not the only option for you. Our principal, Mr. Can asks questions to bring out every detail about studying abroad experience to Mr. Morita – that starts with the entire process of how he select a school, and it develops into about IED and benefits to study abroad. You will find full Mr. Morita’s episodes here and we hope you will enjoy reading them.
Why he decided to go to abroad?
Can: Today, I’m going to ask you questions as an interviewer, not your instructor. I’m thrilled to hear various episodes from you. First, please tell me about your current situation.
Morita: I am going to IED Turin now. (→IED Torino)
IED actually has several campuses in other cities such as Milan, in Spain, and Brazil. However, the IED Turin where I am going is famous for car design. I think, it is largely a result of the place where is headquarters to major auto companies such as Fiat. I am a sophomore in a major of Transportation Design.
C: I wouvld like to move on to the next question, the process for studying abroad. But before that, I want to hear about your background. Can you tell me where you are from?
M: I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. This is not the first time to study abroad for me. I had a 2 weeks study program in New Zealand when I was a junior high school student. This experience had left me with a curious for foreign countries, and I also went to a school in the United States for one year during my high school.
C: Why did you go to the United States?
M: I just had an interest; but at the same time, I had been going through a rebellious phase in those days, so I didn’t want to stay with my parents.
C: That became a big advantage for you.
In those days, did you already have an interest in design?
M: Yes. It all started when I was in primary school. I watched NHK* program on TV at that time, and Mr. Ken Okuyama （→Ken Okuyama）appeared in the program. *NHK is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.
It was the first time to see a car designer for me, and I still remember that I was so impressed about him with thinking, “there is such a job in the world!” However, I was not serious for being a car designer at that time. Therefore, I used to study focusing on sciences rather than art during the United States.
C: When and what made you decide to become a car designer?
M: It was the time in Japan after finishing a one year study period in the United States. When I was back to Japan, I had to decide on which University to go after graduation, and I had been seriously thinking about my future. I thought that I want to work at a job related to cars; but I couldn’t decide which one, an engineer or car designer I want to become. And then, my father told me, “You are better suited for a designer” that his words led me decide to be a car designer. My father never has belonged to the industrial fields, but his thinking was that I can apply what I learned in car design to the future and to other fields like product design.
C: Your father is such a wonderful person. He encouraged you to go to the United States although you were in the rebellious stage. Furthermore, he gave you helpful advice that leads to good decisions. I feel that he always tries to fulfill your wish and he’s always been very supportive.
M: I really think so. I’m so grateful for that.
His woks created during the 1st grade at IED
C: How did you select a school after deciding to become a car designer?
M: After the decision, I had gradually collected information for becoming a car designer, and I found a fact that I need to go to University of the arts in order to become a car designer in Japan. I lived in Tokyo, so I started to go to a preparatory school named Shinjuku Bijutu Yobiko for getting into Tama Art University.
C: So, you went to the preparatory school when you were in the 3rd grade at high school. You were late going to the school, weren’t you? Because I know that most of high school students in Japan who want to apply art universities go to the preparatory school earlier. Did you have an experience to get disappointed in comparing with your level and those students?
M: There were a lot of amazing people in the preparatory school. I was aware that there are so many people who can draw well. But, I did not get disappointed by it. It was fun because I could learn a lot of things and absorbed new things.
C: I see. So let me ask you the main question today. The question is, why did you decide to go to Italy? I wanted to ask you in the most.
M: hahaha, I know, many of you probably think “how my experiences so far are connected to Italy?” for now.
In honestly, I was not good at color composition in the preparatory school. Even though I appreciated my teacher for recognizing my works, I had felt that everything seems to be going wrong against my work whenever I created. I was unhappy with my works. Around December of that year, I gave up to apply Tama Art University. It was a setback.
C: What!? You mean, you gave up the university although you didn’t take an entrance exam? Did you change your mind about going to other universities or schools?
M: No, I didn’t change. I’m not the kind of person who would fight a losing battle… And, also I was stacked into my thinking that Tama Art University is the only university I should go. After that, various thoughts were crossing in my head such as I don’t have enough talent for being a designer… and gradually became to think about going overseas may be a better option if I happen to be already studying in a foreign country.
C: That makes sense. Your past experience indicated you to the future. In the common way, especially in Japan, many people don’t think like you. From my experience, I know that when they failed to the entrance examination of art University, most of them cannot change their thinking to find the way in abroad.
By the way, why did you select Italy? You look good at speaking English, so I am wondering it.
M: It’s because of my financial reason. The tuition of Art Center （→Art Center of Callage）is expensive for me… To be honest to tell you, I think most of the people cannot go to the Art Center for the same reason with me. As far as I found out, Italy was reasonable.
C: How did you collect the information? Your answer will help those people who are thinking to go to abroad now.
M: I got most of the information on the web. I carefully read about instructors, learning environment, and recruiting information that are available on the web, and I also checked so many reviews.
Now, I have an advice to those of you who are thinking to go to abroad. Please try contacting to a study abroad consultancy. In my case, I entered the words, “Italy study abroad” and searched it on the web because I already decided to go to Italy. I found the consultancy and could hear more details from them. I think, most universities in Italy where accepting foreign students have at least one admissions counselor dedicated to advising students from other countries. Going back to my case, I could talk to a person who is in a position related to IED, and he helped me with the application. If I were alone, I could not handle with those application processes by myself.