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Kyoto Seika University

Faculties of Art, Design, Manga, Humanities, Popular Culture

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate our students to promote a spirit of independence, thereby contributing to society.

International Role

SEIKA has reciprocal student exchange agreements with 22 leading overseas art and design schools: Aalto University School of Art & Design: Finland Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Arts: Finland Australian National University School of Art: Australia Bard College: USA California College of the Arts: USA Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London: UK Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London: UK Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London: UK Cooper Union School of Art: USA Ecole Speciale d’Architecture: France Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais: France Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University: UK Gerrit Rietveld Academie: the Netherlands Glasgow School of Art: UK Hong Ik University: Korea L’Ecole de Design, Nantes Atlantique: France Rhode Island School of Design (RISD): USA Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc): USA University of Kassel School of Arts & Design: Germany University of Michigan School of Art & Design: USA Utrecht School of the Arts: the Netherlands Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London: UK

National Role

SEIKA partnered with Kyoto City to create the Kyoto International Manga Museum, an extensive research center and popular active exhibition, seminar and international conference venue in central Kyoto. http://www.kyotomm.jp/english/
SEIKA is also a member of the The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto. http://www.consortium.or.jp/english
SEIKA has strong connections with traditional crafts and arts practitioners in Kyoto, supporting a unique open lecture series and an internship program (for enrolled students only)

Main Focus

BA in Art, Design, Manga, Humanities, Popular Culture
MA in Art, Design, Manga, Humanities
PhD in Arts, Design, Manga, Humanities

Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Manga, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Popular Culture

Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor of Arts (4-year BA Program) (Art, Design, Manga, Humanities, Popular Culture)


Art: Oil Painting, Japanese Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, Video & Media Arts

Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Creation, Product Communication Design, Interior & Goods Design, Architecture

Manga: Cartoon Art, Comic Art, Manga Production, Animation, Character Design, Gag Manga


Popular Culture: Music, Fashion

Master Level Programs

Master of Arts (2-year MA Program) (Art, Design, Manga, Humanities)

Research Activity and Main Areas

Art, Design, Manga, Humanities, Popular Culture

Doctorate Level Programs

Arts, Design, Manga, Humanities

Application Deadlines

May 15 for fall semester, Nov. 15 for spring semester (open only to students of schools that have signed a specific reciprocal exchange agreement with Kyoto Seika University)

Teaching Languages

Japanese (with English-language support in most but not all areas)

Semester Dates

First Semester: April to end of July; Second Semester: October to end of January

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)



Bachelor: 3887
Master: 116
Doctorate: 15

Exchange Students

Incoming: 27
Outgoing: 22

Teaching Staff

Professors: 128
Lectures: 29
Other permanent teachers: 10
Part-time Teachers: 420

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