Kyoto Seika University is committed to empowering students to shape the world through creative expression. A half century after opening our gates, our founding principle of respect for humanity, freedom, and autonomy is alive and well among the faculty, staff, and students as we continue to change and evolve.
Kyoto Seika is located in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. This beautiful and historic city is known worldwide as a tourist destination and cultural hotspot. It is a place where old and new coexist, where skilled artisans practice centuries-old crafts next door to cutting-edge industries that produce electronic components, precision instruments, and the latest cultural content, such as manga, anime, and video games. Kyoto Seika is committed to providing a diverse education that takes advantage of this rich cultural heritage.
[Notice] Entrance examinations and classes at Kyoto Seika University are conducted in Japanese. International students who apply must satisfy requirements for Japanese language proficiency and status of residence.
Since December 2019, Kyoto Seika has participated in Shared Campus, a research and education platform linking seven art universities worldwide to facilitate trans-border academic exchanges and solve global issues.
Kyoto Inspiration is a unique two-week program for students from our partner institutions to learn about Japanese popular culture at Kyoto Seika. Topics range from manga, anime, and video games to music and fashion, and participants get to experience Kyoto’s traditional art and culture firsthand.
Del Bianco Foundation—Life Beyond Tourism
In 2019, Kyoto Seika concluded an exchange partnership agreement with the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation in the Italian city of Florence to deepen exchange through initiatives including internships, e-learning opportunities, and exhibitions to highlight Florentine and Kyoto culture.
Center for Innovation in Traditional Industries
The Center for Innovation in Traditional Industries is a research institute established in 2017 to transform decades of Kyoto Seika’s expertise in traditional culture into progressive research. The center aims to build research, education, and social partnerships with artisans from various countries and regions from its base in Kyoto, a world-leading area for craft production.
Held biannually since 1998, the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is a large international conference attracting around 1,500 researchers from fields related to Asia. Kyoto Seika concluded an agreement with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in June 2018 to contribute to the future of society by approaching Asia's past and present from multifaceted perspectives.
With 360 participating institutions from 63 countries, Cumulus is the world’s largest consortium of art universities. Kyoto Seika became the first Japanese member in 2004, eventually hosting the international design conference Cumulus Kyoto 2008.