Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 257 members from 54 countries.

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2016 Fall Semester Admission Information for
International Students from Exchange Partner and Cumulus Member Institutions

Message from the President
Prof. Takahito Saiki, President, Kobe Design University
Kobe Design University Graduate School is one of the few postgraduate institutions in Japan conducting
comprehensive education and research in design and art. In addition to studying their specialized programs of
choice, Kobe Design University Graduate School students study design theories forming the backbone of
academic activities, as well as state-of-the-art science and technology.
“Arts and design” is an area of study for fostering—through training in arts and culture rooted in human activities
and history, and academic activities in design and art that draw on the strengths of science and
technology—advanced levels of expertise demanded by the times and by society, as well as rich creativity, flexible
conceptual power, and an unconventional, yet solid ability to express thoughts and ideas.
From its establishment in 1993 to the end of March 2016, Kobe Design University Graduate School has conferred
Master’s Degrees (in Arts and Design) to 473 students, and Doctoral Degrees (in Arts and Design) to 56 students,
who have then gone on to advance their careers at Japanese and overseas corporations, and research and
educational institutions. They have also achieved remarkable success in various competitions, and many of their
papers have been awarded by the Design Research Association.
Our graduate students hail from many countries, including China, South Korea, Iran, India, Tunisia, Bosnia,
Myanmar, Dominican Republic, Portugal, Argentina, Poland, Lebanon, Russia, Nepal, Ireland, Venezuela, Brazil,
and Thailand. Contact with different cultures and values encourages the production of diverse designs and ideas.
I sincerely hope that each of you experience a fruitful and rewarding time at this innovative and unique Graduate
The Integrated Arts and Design Division develops researchers with rich creativity through specialized research and
theoretical deepening in design and art. The Division also fosters versatile designers and artists equipped with
knowledge, ability and skills responding to today’s diverse and complicated needs regarding the environment and
systems, and who are capable of devising practical strategies.
More advanced than the above program, the Arts & Design Division is designed to develop intellectual experts
capable of supporting a knowledge-based society in their diverse capacities founded on arts and design. At the
same time, through theoretical work in design and art, the program develops scholars capable of innovative and
outstanding research and development, as well as educators equipped with sound educational and research
capabilities. Please read more:

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for 2 lecturer positions:

Lecturer in Architectural Principles

Lecturer in Wood Architecture

The positions are to be filled at one of the three levels; University Teacher, University Lecturer or Senior University Lecturer, on the Aalto University lecturer track. The positions are full-time and either for a fixed or permanent term. The positions are to be filled September 1st 2016, or as agreed.


We are pleased to introduce IED Master catalogue for academic year 2016/2017

It is going to be a thrilling year, full of artsy news.

To begin with, we need only mention how the art market is changing lately: new players are entering and traditional ones need to evolve. This change demands a new expertise and a new vocabulary; IED provides both of them through a dedicated selection of courses. Find out the whole offer on

Speaking of passion for art – and its contemporary features – IED enriched its academic offer by adding 2 relevant courses:

Master in Contemporary Art Conservation – 1st Level Master’s Degree


Curatorial Practice 

Last but not least, we remind you the possibility to take advantage of Master very early bird intake. You will get a 15% of discont on tuition fee if you get enrolled by June 15th 2016.

Hope you enjoy!



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