Kobe Design University

mission statement

We aim to advance technologies optimum for human living, and to this end, researches "Arts and Design" that takes advantage of technologies from the standpoint of humankind. We also aspire to cultivate next-level designers, or, in other words, comprehensive designers who extensively incorporate a wide range of technologies beneficial to humankind based on interdisciplinary knowledge of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, artistic sensibilities, and good education.


international role

< International Role >
Kobe DU closely links these Arts and Design education and research topics with domestic and international design-related universities and local communities, thereby striving to become a university that contributes to both local and international communities.

< Partner Universities >

  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH University of Applied Sciences(Austria)
  •  University of Montreal (Canada)
  • Berlin-Weissensee School of Art (Germany)
  • Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia)
  • National University of Kaosiung (Taiwan)
  • National Taiwan University of Arts(Taiwan)
  • National Yunlin University of Science & Technology (Taiwan)
  • Dongseo University (South Korea)
  • Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
  • University of Canberra (Australia)
  • Aalto University (Finland)

national role

As a university with features that are deeply rooted in Kobe, Kobe Design University works to enhance partnerships with local governments, companies and educational institutes. By reinforcing coordination with local communities, we efficiently responds to the needs of the times and society and plays a role in creating a better future society. Together with the local communities, we carries out various activities to detect and resolve specialized issues and social challenges, including human resource development and local industry revitalization.

main focus

  • Arts and Design
    (Environmental Design, Product and Interior Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Visual Design, Manga Media, Image Arts, Arts and Crafts)

    Kobe Design University pursues "Arts and Design" as a study based on human beings and the history of their activities, integrating science and technology with art and culture through design and art-related academic activities.

< School Brochure  PDF >

< Graduate School Brochure PDF >


faculties and departments

< Undergraduate School>

  • School of Arts and Design

<Graduate School>

  • Graduate School of Arts and Design
      (Master's Degree Course / Doctotal Degree Course)

bachelor level programs

<Bachelor level program>
School of Arts and Design

  • Department of Environmental Design,
  • Department of Product and Interior Design,
  • Department of Fashion and Textile Design,
  • Department of Visual Design
  • Department of Manga Media
  • Department of Image Arts
  • Department of Arts and Crafts

Duration of the course: 4 years (Starts in April)

Title of degree: Bachelor of Design


master level programs

<Maste level program> 
Integrated Arts and Design Division

     (The Nucleus Programs)

  • Academic Literacy and Presentatino
  • Theory of Arts and Design

    (Specialized Program)

  • Environment Design Program
  • Architectual Design Program
  • Product Design Program
  • Fashion and Textile Design Program
  • Visual Design Program
  • Illustration Program
  • Manga Program
  • Image Arts Program
  • Modern Arts and Crafts Program

Duration of the course: 2years (Starts in April)

Title of degree: Master of Design



research activity and main areas

Kobe DU Comprehensive Research Organization is established to further activate resaerch in arts and design at Kobe Design University. It supports and promotes collaborative research and education within and outside the University, industry-university collaboration, international collaboration, funded research, activities surrounding Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, management of institutes of the Organization, intellectual properties in design, the Society for Design and Art Fusing with Science and Technology, and more, in order to further activate research in arts and design.



doctorate level programs

<Doctorate level program> 
Arts and Design Division

     (Academic Domain of Doctoral Course)

  • Space and Environment
  • Humanity, Products and Life
  • Media and Communication
  • Art and Creation

Duration of the course: 3years (Starts in April)

Title of degree: Doctor of Design

subject areas for exchange students

<Student Exchange Program >

  • Available only for the partner universities, which have made an agreement of student exchange
  • All the departments accept exchagne students
  • Study duration: 2 Semesters or 1 Semester
  • Accepting one student from each university for a year


application deadlines

        June 30


  • Application form
  • Portfolio
  • Study Plan
  • Recommendation Letter
  • etc...

teaching languages

Only Japanese

semester dates

  • First semester ( April to September )
  • Second semester ( October to March )

cost of living per month (studying and living)

  • Rent: Approx. 40,000- 60,000yen
  • Utilities Costs: Approx. 8,000-10,000yen

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