Graduate School School of Design (Master’s Program)

 School of Design (Master’s Program)
Fostering professionals opening up unlimited possibilities.

Design exists in all areas of our lives and its possibilities are limitless in terms of materials,
form, color, scale, construction, arrangement and, above all, the concepts that these elements embody.
Design that is aware of humanity and the present can change the future.
SEIKA’s Graduate School of Design fosters true professionals who can bring innovation to society.

1.Major in design and learn professional techniques and concepts

The design major in the Graduate School of Design has two fields. Visual Design encompasses graphics, such as poster, advertising, bookbinding, and digital content, such as websites and mobile phones. On the other hand, Product Design looks at design that enriches our lives and society through electrical appliances, manufactured goods, furniture, and lighting. The tutors are professionals from every field, working to refine not only simple technicalities but also ideas of design as creativity in communication.

2.Architecture major designing diverse spaces

From residential spaces to shops, urban and natural environments, interior design, even fictional spaces in film and novels, and cyberspace: an architecture major features design for all kinds of spaces that connect to humanity, physically and mentally. What will you express in those spaces? The distinct concepts and vision required of architects and interior designers are established in a practical way. It is also possible to acquire the mandatory two-year work experience necessary to qualify for a first-grade architect’s examination.

3.Practical research emphasizing industrial and academic collaboration

The Graduate School of Design’s program has many opportunities to develop work practically while engaging with both the outside world and industry. These include proposing products to manufacturers dealing with new materials, and collaborating with traditional crafts and regional industries such as Japanese paper, roof tiles, and wood joinery. Students can assist teaching staff in actually creating architectural designs and urban spaces. Via this experience learning from and working alongside professionals, students acquire skills in conceiving and planning, as well as the technology and creativity to fully realize a design. Kyoto’s forte lies in combining the tradition of monozukuri craftsmanship and new innovations.

Unique Program Projects

1.Lecturers from top creative industries

The Graduate School of Design invites guest lecturers from among the producers creating cutting-edge creativity and the designers garnering attention for their unique media strategies. Scholars learn from these lecturers how to approach design in order develop commercial creativity in design, online media and art events. Prestigious special guest lecturers In the academic year of 2010 included Hiroshi Osaki, CEO of Yoshimoto Kogyo, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, CEO of Production I.G., and Shinichiro Nakahara of Landscape Products Co., Ltd. Scholars were introduced to ways for turning ideas into concrete forms, the future of design, and other professional issues of deep interest and relevance.

Lecturers from top creative industries

2.Tutoring in producing techniques from top creative talents

On the “Creativity Special Lecture 4” planner, producer and director Toyoshima Hideki, of graf design studio, introduces his personal project portfolio and gives students lectures on the creative process behind production. Through participatory classes with workshops, discussions and presentations, students on the course acquire practical proficiency for producing their own design work.

Tutoring in producing techniques from top creative talents

3.Searching for “new methods of conceptualizing” in product design

The product design area of the Design major not only deals with existing concepts in product design, but also turns its attention to design from new perspectives. For example, while referencing philosophy,
linguistics, natural sciences and physics, scholars try to find new conceptual methods that up till now no one else has discovered. Taking advantage of the potentials of form, processing and materials, students work to broaden the perspectives of product design.

Searching for “new methods of conceptualizing” in product design

4.A program fostering architects to work in a global society

The Architecture major prepares a diverse curriculum in order to cultivate architects who can work on the world stage. Scholars can study abroad at Southern Caifornia Institute of Architecture, (SCI-Arc), and also work on collaborative projects with the tutors of that college. Further, there are also opportunities to accompany teaching staff as they participate in the international architecture projects they are working on, giving students the chance for actual work experience overseas. Through engaging in these kinds of activities scholars acquire skills and abilities that can be applied around the world.

A program fostering architects to work in a global society

Work Produced at the Graduate School of Design

“Chest” by Yurika Mikami

“Chest” by Yurika Mikami

650 x 470 x 270mm
Composite materials

Empathy gives birth to empathy and an object becomes a form of media, widening the sphere of communication. I developed a commercial product design aiming to make that new kind of communication a reality.

“Magic Flute Box” Yuka Nagai

200 x 250 x 150mm each
Wood, acrylic panels, colored paper, semi-transparent paper, LED lights

For two years I investigated what kind of design links both “art” and “design” in a rich and full way. For my graduation artwork, I made a musical instrument called the “Magic Flute Box”, created out of an idea to evoke strong feelings of hope within people through music, The Magic Flute, and an artwork mainly using paper cut-outs.

Magic Flute Box” Yuka Nagai

Course Tutors

The Joint Introductory Classes, which allow you to study across four Schools, and the Specialist Lecture Classes, create a practical educational and research environment, with lecturers working at the forefront of their specialist fields. The Specialist Research Classes in each School provide thorough instruction from experienced research tutors according to each individual research theme.


Academic Affairs Section, Academic Affairs Office (Graduate School), Kyoto Seika University

Members & Visiting Faculty Members

The Joint Introductory Course, which allows you to study across four Schools, and the Specialist Lecture Course together create a practical educational and research environment, with lecturers working at the forefront of their specialist fields. The Specialist Research Course at each School provides thorough instruction from experienced research tutors according to students’ individual research themes.