Department of Media and Image Technology Faculty of Engineering
Tokyo Polytechnic has a tradition of technological innovation going back to its origins as a school of photography, and the Department of Media and Image Technology upholds this founding spirit by relentlessly pursuing the latest advances in media technology. In this department, students acquire hands-on expertise in the latest media technology along with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of engineering.
Media technology can be divided into four areas. The first is image input, which covers the capture and recording of image data by digital cameras, digital video camera recorders, and similar devices. The second is image processing and creation, which includes digital processing and manipulation of image and video data, computer-aided generation of images and animation, and imaging for the Web and advanced communication devices. The third area is image recording, exemplified today by Blu-ray recorders. The fourth is image output, which covers television, printing, 3D imaging, virtual reality, and other technologies for displaying signals as images or video footage.
In the Department of Media and Image Technology we explore the software and hardware sides of each area, inside and out. Two concentrations provide students with advanced hands-on, small-group study beginning in their third year. Computer Graphics and Image Information is intended for students who want to focus on image information technology, while Imaging Science is designed for those with an interest in hardware engineering.
Computer Graphics and Image Information Concentration
After acquiring a firm grounding in the techniques of computer graphics, video editing, color design, and basic programming in their first two years, third-year students are ready to embark on this program of small-group hands-on study in new media and information software technology, including lectures and seminars in computer graphics, video processing, image processing, Web technology, color engineering, and programming at a more advanced level.
Imaging Science Concentration
Students prepare for this concentration during their first two years by learning the basics of electricity, electronics, optics, and electronic devices and systems. In their third year, they begin more advanced studies of hardware technology for the input, recording, transmission, and output (display) of digital image data, all in a small-group setting. The curriculum of this concentration covers everything from the semiconductors used in image input and processing to the lenses and lasers used for recording and transmission and the flat panels and 3D displays employed in image output.