Kyoto Seika University’s Graduate School comprises four Schools: the Schools of Art, Design, Manga, and Humanities. At each School, scholars enhance their specialties while simultaneously deepening their creative outlook, pursuing globally-accepted notions of expression, and new creativity that goes beyond existing boundaries. Each School also connects proactively with fields outside its specialties and with outside society, and by disseminating these results to industry, the region, and the world, works to generate more universal and advanced research and creativity.
The Graduate School features programs that engage students with actual project work in industry, NPOs, traditional craft workshops, and at the sites of social issues. Scholars work on projects such as designing new Kyoto souvenirs that incorporate traditional crafts, as well as taking active interest in issues like asbestos exposure, to connect them with art and manga – learning through engaging with society in practical ways. Further, in the 2010 academic year guest lectures were given by top industry representatives, including Hiroshi Osaki, CEO of Yoshimoto Kogyo, and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, CEO of Production I.G. Graduate students consider what forms artistic expression may take in the future.
For creating new forms of expression, thinking freely outside of the box is indispensable. With this in mind, SEIKA’s Graduate School has set up a Joint Introductory Classes which link all the Schools so that scholars can grasp artistic creativity in a fully comprehensive way. From lectures looking at the fundamental thinking behind expression and philosophy, to practical projects developing artistic expression in society, students acquire the foundations of creative expression that can be applied to any field. Further, through the Specialist Lecture Classes in each School, students are able to take courses from other Schools in accordance with their research themes and interests.
SEIKA is the world leader as a research institute for manga and animation. It is also receiving global attention for its research and environment where scholars work with art and design integrating Kyoto’s historical and traditional innovation, and engage progressively with Kyoto’s environmental policies and social infrastructure. For this reason, the university attracts many international students, leading to a wealth of intercultural interaction. SEIKA’s environment thus cultivates perspectives for global research and thinking. And, with its many affiliated overseas exchange partner schools, there are also opportunities for students to deepen their research from wider horizons.
One of the special characteristics of SEIKA’s Graduate Schools is their systematic energizing of interchange in order to grasp artistic expression themes widely, and build environments for free debate. Graduate scholars working on manga also take advantage of advice from Japanese painting and design tutors, while School of Humanities students researching subcultures can be taught by staff from the School of Manga. Further, there are also programs allowing both practical and theory course students to interact and exchange ideas. Through this kind of environment is born breadth and perspective on creativity and analysis.
SEIKA’s teaching staff includes a diverse range of leading professionals across different creative fields in art, literature, and design. Kyuyo Ishikawa is a multi-award-winning calligraphy artist and critic. Manga artist Keiko Takemiya has pioneered the possibilities of young girl’s (shojo) manga through her unique expression. Editor Kentaro Takekuma has developed an array of criticism around manga. And architect Kiyokazu Arai engages in urban planning projects around the world. SEIKA allows you to closely encounter the thinking and attitudes of these industry leaders, while also being able to make your own proposals, ask questions, and join in debate.
Regarding entry guidelines for the Graduate Schools, please check the information on entrance examinations.