Kobe Design University Graduate School, Japan
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
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