About KDU


Art and technology: working with people and the future

International minds

Kobe is an international port. It has accepted diverse cultures. It’s an urban space where people and cultures integrate. As a symbol of the integration, students from the inside and outside of the country come together at Kobe Design University.

Urban and Nature

The city faces Osaka Bay and is blessed with abundant nature, with the Rokko Mountains in the background forming a backdrop. Its many people have created the city’s unique spaces, from uptown to downtown, and from the port town to the new town.


This international city offers an abundance of potential fields for Kobe Design University. These include architecture, fine art, design, fashion, photography, computer graphics, film, manga and animation. The university cultivates artists who have a comprehensive mind.


People who develop new values. People capable of collaborating with others. The time you spend in Kobe can be a big stepping stone for your future development. Toward Kobe, Kobe design on the move.

University Outline

Kobe Design University intends to contribute to the promotion of social and cultural development through the use of knowledge, state-of-the-art technology, and expression. The institution is also involved in education and research to create new artistic expressions through practices to be carried out in collaboration with various industries. The university was founded in 1989 by the Tanioka Gakuen Educational Foundation, under the motto, “Training people who contribute to our world.”

  • Chairman : Dr.TANIOKA Ichiro
  • President : Dr.SAIKI Takahito

General Information(As of May,2016)

  • Founded in : 1989
  • Total area of campus: 114,139㎡
  • Total floor area of campus buildings:32,551㎡
  • Number of student:1,762 (1,720 undergraduates, 42 postgraduates)
  • Number of faculty members:301(including 198 part-time members)

After graduation: Typical career options

  • Auto manufacturing
  • Home electronics
  • Optical equipment
  • Housing manufacturing
  • Housing materials
  • Construction facilities
  • Fashion
  • Apparel
  • Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Sundry manufacturing
  • Architecture
  • Designs
  • Urban planning
  • Landscape
  • Interior
  • Visual designs
  • Mass media
  • Broadcasting
  • Event planning
  • Audio-visual planning
  • Information processing
  • Communications services
  • Arts and cultural facilities
  • Teachers at high school (arts and crafts) and junior high school (arts)
  • Creators
  • Artists

Academic Staff (As of May 1,2016)


Number of Openings, Capacity and Current Students(As of May 1,2016)


Enrollment Trends


Alumni (As of May 1,2016)


Access to the campus

A 60-minute ride by shuttle bus from Kansai International Airport to Sannomiya (Kobe’s central area). From Sannomiya Station, take the Kobe Municipal Subway (Seishin-Yamate Line bound for Seishin-Chuo) to Gakuen-toshi Station.A six-minute walk from Gakuen-toshi Station.

8-1-1 Gakuennishi-machi,Nishi-ku, Kobe, 651-2196 Japan
Tel. +81-78-794-2112
Fax. +81-78-794-5027
URL http://www.kobe-du.ac.jp/
e-mail international@kobe-du.ac.jp

Global Design from Kobe

Global Design from Kobe 2017-2018(PDF)