About KOBE DU

TOWARD KOBE, KOBE DESIGN ON THE MOVE

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.

Practicality

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.

Totalization

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

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.

President SAIKI Takahiro

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
  • 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 1,2018)

Position Age
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)※ (15)※ (0)※ (7)※ 0 0 0 (5)※ (15)※ (19)※ (21)※ 0
School of Arts and Design 48 22 0 11 17 2 9 13 21 26 27 0
 └ Department of Environmental Design 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 0
 └ Department of Product and Interior Design 5 3 0 1 2 0 2 1 2 4 2 0
 └ Department of Visual Design 5 3 0 2 4 1 2 2 3 4 2 0
 └ Department of Image Arts 5 3 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 4 3 0
 └ Department of Manga Media 4 2 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 5 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 3 4 0 2 2 0 2 1 5 1 2 0
Center for Liberal Arts 10 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 7 0
Total 48 22 0 11 17 2 9 13 21 26 27 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 1,2018)

Openings Enrollments(2018) 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 33 1.00 72 60 0.83 28 0 7 0 5:5
 └ Arts and Design Division(Doctoral Degree Course) 6 1 0.17 18 6 0.33 2 0 4 0 3:7
 └ Integrated Arts and Design Division(Master's Degree Course) 27 32 1.19 54 54 1.00 26 0 3 0 5:5
School of Arts and Design 400 391 0.98 1600 1576 0.99 39 8 0 4 4:6
 └ Department of Environmental Design 70 72 1.03 280 311 1.11 2 6 0 3 6:4
 └ Department of Product and Interior Design 70 68 0.97 280 287 1.03 2 1 0 0 5:5
 └ Department of Visual Design 80 91 1.14 320 320 1.00 6 0 0 1 3:7
 └ Department of Image Arts 45 55 1.22 180 210 1.17 11 1 0 0 6:4
 └ Department of Manga Media 45 35 0.78 180 155 0.86 9 0 0 0 4:6
 └ Department of Fashion and Textile Design 50 41 0.82 200 160 0.80 5 0 0 0 2:8
 └ Department of Arts and Crafts 40 29 0.73 160 133 0.83 4 0 0 0 3:7
Total 433 424 0.98 1672 1636 0.98 67 8 7 4 4:6
  1. Adult Students: Students who enrolled through the Adult Entrance Examination Process
  2. Includes students from all Master's degree courses

Enrollment Trends

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Graduate School of Arts and Design 33 22 21 18 27 33 28 33 46 33
 └ Arts and Design Division(Doctoral Degree Course) 1 1 4 1 0 6 4 3 2 8
 └ Integrated Arts and Design Division
(Master's Degree Course)(※3
32 21 17 17 18 16 13 19 33 21
9 11 11 11 11 4
School of Arts and Design(※4 391 409 393 453 - - - - - -
School of Design(※4 - - - - 284 305 283 280 283 299
School of Progressive Arts(※4 - - - - 156 139 140 140 150 106
 └ Department of Environmental Design 72 87 75 81 101 75 72 69 49 75
 └ Department of Product and Interior Design 68 72 80 73 58 79 69 44 54 64
 └ Department of Visual Design 91 77 65 103 80 99 98 111 111 95
 └ Department of Image Arts (※1 55 59 53 56 66 56 55 53 58 -
 └ Department of Manga Media (※1 35 49 36 50 50 48 54 55 54 -
 └ Department of Fashion and Textile Design 41 34 42 51 45 52 44 56 69 65
 └ Department of Arts and Crafts (※4 29 31 42 39 40 35 31 32 38 -
 └ Department of Media Arts (※2 - - - - - - - - - 67
 └ Department of Plastic Arts (※2 - - - - - - - - - 39
Total 424 431 414 471 467 477 451 453 479 438
  1. Started since April, 2010
  2. Ceased enrollment since April, 2010
  3. 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.
  4. 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 1,2018)

2017 Graduates Graduates since school opening
Graduate School of Arts and Design 16 555
 └ Doctoral Degree Course 0 61
 └ Master's Degree Course 16 494
School of Arts and Design (※1 - 4439
 └ Department of Environmental Design(~2005/3/31) - 1319
 └ 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 Fashion and Textile Design(~2005/3/31) - 133
 └ Department of Visual Design(~2005/3/31) - 1288
School of Design 253 2320
 └ Department of Visual Design 66 748
 └ Department of Fashion and Textile Design 41 425
 └ Department of Product Design 54 573
 └ Department of Environmental Design 92 574
School of Progressive Arts (※2 136 816
 └ Department of Media Arts 0 245
 └ Department of Plastic Arts 0 133
 └ Department of Manga Media 41 164
 └ Department of Image Arts 55 157
 └ Department of Crafts and Arts 40 117
Total 405 8130

※1………
・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.
※2………
・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.

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