At KIT, we aspire to create a harmonious bridge between mankind and nature through a deep understanding of our interdependence with other living creatures and the environment around us; deeply respect the thousand-year old culture of Kyoto as we promote a highly developed aesthetic sensibility, impart knowledge, develop humane and highly ethical technologies which promote social welfare and peace beyond the superficial level; and maintain cultural traditions while developing future industries.
KIT actively collaborates with universities in 27 countries. We have active student exchange programs with Aalto University and Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland. We have organized collaborative architecture workshops with National Superior School of Architecture Versailles, France; Chiang Mai University, Thailand and Harvard University, USA. Additional collaborative studies include those on the incorporation of heritage sites and practices in contemporary life with universities in Thailand and the annual participation of our students, since 2010, in the ME310 design collaboration project organized by Stanford University. These are but a few examples of recent interaction at the international level.
In keeping with the "think globally, act locally" concept, KIT makes many opportunities for design students to present their work and ideas at various venues in Kyoto city. Past and current students have excelled in involvement in joint revitalization projects with Kyoto city and local communities. For example, they brought art and design into a 400 year old marketplace, decorated a subway station in collaboration with other Kyoto-based design schools, and entered a design competition focusing on sustainable products using traditional materials and technology, all of which have helped revitalize traditional Kyoto industries. KIT Museum and Archives, with its student-accessible collection of objects and drawings for design education, holds exhibitions which are open to the public, and has a collaborative project with a local elementary school in which KIT students have organized and created an "art school."
We have two primary focuses, design and science. Our encouragement of collaboration in and integration of these fields is unique; while our science and technology majors develop a keen awareness of design and aesthetics; our design students receive a solid grounding in the sciences. Academic endeavors at KIT culminate in Bachelor's degree in Engineering, master's degrees in Engineering or Architectural Design and doctoral degrees in Engineering or Philosophy.
faculties and departments
School of Science and Technology
Graduate School of Science and Technology
bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Engineering (4 year program) –
Design and Architecture
Other science and technology programs are: Applied Biology/ Applied Chemistry/ Electronics/ Information Science/Mechanical Engineering
master level programs
Master of Engineering (2 year program) -Design -Architecture
Other science and technology programs are: Applied Biology/ Innovative Materials/ Material's Properties Control/Materials Synthesis/Functional Chemistry/Electronics/ Information Science/ Mechanophysics/Mechanodesign/Advanced Fibro-Science/Biobased Materials Science
research activity and main areas
Research at KIT extends from the study of cultural differences in appreciation of designs, to analysis of structural loads of traditional wooden structures. Innovative research specifically related to design and architecture includes: history of chashitsu (ceremonial spaces for tea), the design process of Tohgo Murano, sustainable urban renovation through ecologically friendly-design, sensitivity informatics, interior design for "green-minded" lifestyles, interaction design for human-artificial systems, the visual psychology of landscape design, the actuality of aesthetic experience and education, city/architectural planning, theory of sustainable housing, and studies of architectural environments/equipment.
doctorate level programs
Doctor of Philosophy or Engineering (3 year program) -Design –Architecture
Other science and technology programs are:
Biotechnology/ Materials Chemistry/ Electronics/ Engineering Design/ Advanced Fibro-Science/Biobased Materials Science
subject areas for exchange students
Exchange students are accepted from our partner institutions, to a wide range of subjects: design, architecture, engineering and science programs.
Spring semester: December of the previous year
Fall Semester: June of the same year
Japanese (English instruction is available in some graduate programs.)
Spring Semester: April to July Fall Semester: October to mid February
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Living expenses, including housing fees, average approximately 800 EURO per month. Tuition is waived for exchange students coming to KIT through a student exchange program.