About KOBE DU
TOWARD KOBE, KOBE DESIGN ON THE MOVE
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.
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
Greeting from the President
Aspiring to become a world-class university
Ever since it was established in the cosmopolitan city of Kobe in 1989, Kobe Design University (Kobe DU) has constantly striven to become a world-class university that teaches and researches design and art to achieve the integration of “Art & Culture” with “Science & Technology”.
Eyes toward the world and Asia
In 2009, Kobe DU was accredited as a member of Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), which currently consists of over 280 members from 56 countries, and commenced collaboration with these design-related universities and colleges around the world. Since 2005, the Graduate School has conducted integrated programs under which students of partner universities and colleges in four member countries in Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea) visit these institutions in turn.
Promoting regional cooperation and addressing social issues
In 2016, Kobe DU Comprehensive Research Organization was established to invigorate research in Arts and Design and social contribution activities. The Organization supports 25 interdisciplinary collaborative research projects carried out by researchers and creators within and outside the University, thereby implementing collaboration with the local and international communities. In 2008, Kobe DU independently established KDC/Kobe Design Creative Co., Ltd., which conducts funded research to resolve specific social issues.
Training creators who will lead the future
Our 103 full-time faculty members supporting this creative educational environment are top-level experts in their respective fields. They leverage their practical experience and extensive knowledge to build programs that transcend the borders of academic disciplines to provide an education that nurtures future talent capable of responding to the changing demands of society.
General Information(As of Oct,2018)
- Founded: in 1989
- Total area of campus: 114,139㎡
- Total floor area of campus buildings: 33,120㎡
- Number of students: 1,658 (1,598 Undergraduates, 60 Graduates)
- Number of faculty members: 307 (incl. 204 part-time members)
- Number of administrative staff members: 87 (incl. 21 part-time members)
After graduation: Typical career options
- Auto manufacturing
- Home electronics
- Optical equipment
- Housing manufacturing
- Housing materials
- Construction facilities
- Sundry manufacturing
- Urban planning
- Visual designs
- Mass media
- 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)
Academic Staff (As of May 1,2019)
|Professor||Associate Professor||Lecturer||Assistant Professor||Assistant||under 24||25-29||30-39||40-49||50-59||60-69||Over 70|
|Graduate School of Arts and Design||(38)※||(19)※||(0)※||(10)※||0||0||0||(6)※||(19)※||(19)※||(22)※||(1)|
|School of Arts and Design||37||23||0||12||17||2||9||12||22||26||20||1|
|└ Department of Environmental Design||10||3||0||2||0||0||0||2||4||3||5||1|
|└ Department of Product and Interior Design||4||3||0||1||2||0||2||0||3||4||1||0|
|└ Department of Visual Design||6||3||0||2||4||0||2||3||3||4||3||0|
|└ Department of Image Arts||5||4||0||2||3||1||0||4||1||4||4||0|
|└ Department of Manga Media||4||3||0||2||3||1||2||0||2||6||1||0|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design||4||3||0||1||3||0||1||2||4||2||2||0|
|└ Department of Arts and Crafts||4||4||0||2||2||0||2||1||5||0||4||0|
|Center for Arts and Design Education||11||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||1||3||9||0|
※Academic staff (excluding assistants) belonging to both Graduate and Undergraduate Schools
“Professors” includes “Guest Professor”/ “Assistants” includes “Training Assistants”
Number of Openings, Capacity and Current Students(As of May 1,2019)
|Openings||Enrollments (2019)||Enrollment Ratio||Capacity||Current Students||University Students Ratio||International Students||Transfer Students||Adult Students ※1||Dispatched Students||Male to Female Ratio|
|Graduate School of Arts and Design||33||53||1.61||72||89||1.24||52||0||4||0||4:6|
|└ Arts and Design Division(Doctoral Degree Course)||6||3||0.50||18||6||0.33||2||0||2||0||3:7|
|└ Integrated Arts and Design Division (Master’s Degree Course)||27||50||1.85||54||83||1.54||50||0||2||0||4:6|
|School of Arts and Design||400||439||1.10||1600||1620||1.01||64||17||0||1||5:5|
|└ Department of Environmental Design||70||93||1.33||280||331||1.18||4||8||0||0||6:4|
|└ Department of Product and Interior Design||70||77||1.10||280||301||1.08||6||4||0||1||5:5|
|└ Department of Visual Design||80||77||0.96||320||304||0.95||10||3||0||0||3:7|
|└ Department of Image Arts||45||67||1.49||180||227||1.26||19||1||0||0||6:4|
|└ Department of Manga Media||45||48||1.07||180||168||0.93||14||1||0||0||4:6|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design||50||39||0.78||200||153||0.77||6||0||0||0||3:7|
|└ Department of Arts and Crafts||40||38||0.95||160||136||0.85||5||0||0||0||4:6|
- Adult Students: Students who enrolled through the Adult Entrance Examination Process
- Includes students from all Master’s degree courses
|Graduate School of Arts and Design||53||33||22||21||18||27||33||28||33||46|
|└ Arts and Design Division(Doctoral Degree Course)||3||1||1||4||1||0||6||4||3||2|
| └ Integrated Arts and Design Division
(Master’s Degree Course)(※2
|School of Arts and Design(※3||439||391||409||393||453||–||–||–||–||–|
|School of Design(※3||–||–||–||–||–||284||305||283||280||283|
|School of Progressive Arts(※3||–||–||–||–||–||156||139||140||140||150|
|└ Department of Environmental Design||93||72||87||75||81||101||75||72||69||49|
|└ Department of Product and Interior Design||77||68||72||80||73||58||79||69||44||54|
|└ Department of Visual Design||77||91||77||65||103||80||99||98||111||111|
|└ Department of Image Arts (※1||67||55||59||53||56||66||56||55||53||58|
|└ Department of Manga Media (※1||48||35||49||36||50||50||48||54||55||54|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design||39||41||34||42||51||45||52||44||56||69|
|└ Department of Arts and Crafts (※3||38||29||31||42||39||40||35||31||32||38|
- Started since April, 2010
- Integrated Arts Division and Integrated Design Division in Master’s degree course have ceased enrollment, and Integrated Arts and Design Division in Master’s degree course has started since April 2015.
- School of Progressive Arts and School of Design have combined and been renamed School of Arts and Design. In the School of Arts and Design, there are seven Departments; Department of Visual Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Product and Interior Design, Environmental Design, Manga Media, and Arts and Crafts.
Alumni (As of May 1,2019)
|2018 Graduates||Graduates since school opening|
|Graduate School of Arts and Design||22||577|
|└ Doctoral Degree Course||1||62|
|└ Master’s Degree Course||21||515|
|School of Arts and Design (※1 (※3||356||4795|
|└ Department of Environmental Design(~2005/3/31)||–||1319|
|└ Department of Environmental Design(2015/4/1~)||70||70|
|└ Department of Industrial Design||–||938|
|Product Design Course|
|└ Department of Industrial Design||–||246|
|Apparel Design Course|
|└ Department of Industrial Design||–||280|
|Fashion Design Course|
|└ Department of Product Design||–||235|
|└ Department of Product and Interior Design||62||62|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design(~2005/3/31)||–||133|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design(2015/4/1~)||39||39|
|└ Department of Visual Design(~2005/3/31)||–||1288|
|└ Department of Visual Design(2015/4/1~)||85||85|
|└ Department of Image Arts||35||35|
|└ Department of Manga Media||32||32|
|└ Department of Arts and Crafts||33||33|
|School of Design(※3||10||2330|
|└ Department of Visual Design||0||748|
|└ Department of Fashion and Textile Design||3||428|
|└ Department of Product Design||4||577|
|└ Department of Environmental Design||3||577|
|School of Progressive Arts (※2 (※3||10||816|
|└ Department of Media Arts||0||245|
|└ Department of Plastic Arts||0||133|
|└ Department of Manga Media||4||168|
|└ Department of Image Arts||3||160|
|└ Department of Crafts and Arts||3||120|
・Apparel Design Course in the Department of Industrial Design has been renamed Fashion Design Course since April, 1994.
・School of Arts and Design has been renamed School of Design since April, 2005.
・Department of Environmental Design(~2005/3/31) has been renamed Department of Environmental Design since April, 2005.
・Department of Visual Design(~2005/3/31) has been renamed Department of Visual Design since April, 2005.
・School of Arts and Design Department of Industrial Design has ceased operation since March 3, 2009.
・Department of Manga Media, Image Arts and Arts and Crafts have started since April, 2010.
・Department of Plastic Arts, Department of Plastic Arts have ceased enrollment since April, 2010. School of Progressive Arts and School of Design have combined and been renamed School of Arts and Design. In the School of Arts and Design, there are seven Departments; Department of Visual Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Product and Interior Design, Environmental Design, Manga Media, and Arts and Crafts.
・School of Progressive Arts and School of Design have combined and been renamed School of Arts and Design since April, 2015 . In the School of Arts and Design, there are seven Departments; Department of Visual Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Product and Interior Design, Environmental Design, Manga Media, and Arts and Crafts.