”I learned the sense of playfulness,
which is the most important in the realm of creativity.”

Phan Dinh Anh Khoa | Vietnam
Founder & Producer
Zoom Communications
Visual communication design
2006 Graduate

1. Why I decided to attend Kyoto Seika University:

I heard from a senpai (older graduate) who attended Kyoto Seika University that this university was fun. I believe that in order to study art, freedom and enjoyment are indispensable elements. At that time, I couldn't speak much Japanese so I attained a sense of the university's atmosphere through acquaintances and the university's pamphlet.

2. What I learned in Kyoto Seika University:

At Kyoto Seika University, I learned the sense of playfulness, which is the most important in the realm of creativity. Now, I am a manager at a company with some responsibilities but no matter what position I have, I try not to forget the playful spirit that I have learned from Seika. With this attitude, I am able to accept and enjoy any job including big projects with the government or major corporations without becoming stressed as most people do.

3. The attractiveness of Seika:

I really enjoyed the time spent with kind teachers. When I was in the third year, I received a Mainichi Design Prize. This was possible because of the teachers who stood behind the students to support and encourage their development. Even though I struggled in my part-time job without having family around, these teachers, who have supported me even outside academics, played a very important role. Even Seika's nature rich campus had a great impact on me. Since Vietnam has a tropical climate, the scenery remains the same throughout the year. However, with each season in Japan, you can see completely different scenery. A designer from Vietnam may find it difficult to express the orange in autumn, but I am able to. As a creator, this makes a significant difference.

4. Life in Japan:

When I lived in the dormitory, many of the international students couldn't speak much Japanese so we would cook and barter our county's cuisine and ask in simple Japanese how the food tasted. At that time, cultural exchange was limited in Vietnam so when I began to interact with people from different countries, my intrapersonal perspective widened. Although the friends I met in the dormitory live throughout the world, I still keep in touch with them.

5. The impression of working in Japan:

I would have to say that hard work is the key. Currently, I am working for a German company, but the fundamentals that I learned in Japan are applicable even in the German working environment. However, there are times when people in Japan work too hard. Westerners know how to relax and manage a creative environment. Now that I am no longer in Japan, I enjoy combining and applying the Japanese way of fundamental discipline and the Western idea of free expression to my work life.

6. Future prospects:

Although my education was based in Japan, I am currently receiving work from companies all over the world. I don't want to be satisfied with a stable condition because even after I reach the point of success, I never want to stop challenging myself. I want to constantly recreate new goals and strive for them.

7. A message for prospective students:

Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, do it to the fullest. If what you like is photography, do photography. If it's illustrations, then do illustrations. Since the university is the most suitable period of your life to devote yourself to what you like, I hope that students use the opportunity to take in the academic environment at Kyoto Seika and pursue whatever it is that they want.