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Seian University of Art and Design, founded in 1993 and located in the city of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture, offers 19 four-year courses in the art and design field, provided through 5 departments focusing on a particular area or areas.
As illustrated by our small class sizes, we do our utmost to get to know all our students and treat them as individuals, and the atmosphere on the campus is very comfortable and friendly. Our three motivating concepts are "individual guidance," "learning that guarantees expertise," and "career support". Keeping these concepts in mind at all times, we attempt to help our students realize their individual objectives, thus enabling them to contribute to society through their art—all in a beautiful learning environment in the heart of Japanese nature.
We are also dedicated to bettering the regional cultural scene. This we do in various ways, such as cooperating with local governments, companies and all kinds of groups to give students opportunities to participate in society-wide projects. We also better the regional cultural scene through the Seian Art Center, known as "Campus ga Bijutsukan" (literally, Campus as an Art Museum), where art exhibitions are shown in our nine on-campus galleries, and through the Omi Multicultural Institute, which researches and communicates information about the history and culture of the surrounding region of Shiga Prefecture.
Chairman, Board of Trustees: KOBAYASHI Toru
President: OKADA Shuji
|Integrated Studies Department||Design Production Course|
|Illustration Department||Illustration Course / Illustration Art Course / Digital Illustration Course / Comic and Picture Book Course / Animation Course / 3DCG Course / Figure and Toy Course / Landscape Illustration Course / Scientific Illustration Course|
|Fine Arts Department||Japanese-style Painting Course / Painting Course / Contemporary Art Course|
|Media Design Department||Photography Course / Graphic Design Course / Video and Film Course|
|Spatial Design Department||Costume Design Course / Product Design Course / Living Space Design Course|
In the Integrated Studies Department, we explore a wide range of phenomena in the design and art world and in society at large, learn to connect up and see links between diverse goings-on, and create new values. Indeed, presenting these new values to society is the job of those involved in design production. We aim to give students in this department a wide skill base including an objective perspective from which to see through to the heart of assorted issues, the planning and innovative abilities needed to think up new ways of solving problems, and crucial communication skills and practical execution skills. Students will find themselves increasingly able to convey new values to others and learning the role of good production—in other words, they will acquire all the assorted skills of "co-creation."
In this unique course, students will acquire production skills, and determine the focus of their study depending on their interests and career path, incorporating study in other departments. By taking practical courses from other departments, the Design Production Course students will have the chance to discover the extent of their competency, and discover how to improve. Students will aim toward developing the abilities necessary to lead projects, extend their contact networks, and learn the skills of co-creation.
Be it the characters loved by young and old alike, the pictures adorning various products, the concept art that creates computer games, the illustrations in magazines that convey necessary information, the pictures that help tell the story in books, manga with its diverse expressive range, or animated movies, illustration reaches deep into every corner of our lives as a part of our everyday culture, in a similar way to music and fashion. Realizing its power early on, we created our first major in Illustration back in 1973*, and we have now been exploring the possibilities available to illustrators for over 40 years. From 2017, we will be offering 9 different courses, to give our department both more range and depth.
* The Illustration major was established as part of the Design Course at what was then Seian Women’s Junior College.
Develop a thorough understanding of the essence of information-transmitting media of all kinds, including magazines, newspapers, books, online content and so on. Improve your ability to express yourself in an artistic form designed for wide-scale reproduction.
Illustrative art with familiar motifs and appealing colors, touches and enriches people’s lives in a variety of contexts. Here you will learn how to create attractive illustrations with your own distinctive style.
Discover the appeal of digital illustration, where you can redo elements of your illustrations as many times as you wish like, and freely and quickly edit your designs in just the way you desire. Use a range of tools to develop your capacity for self-expression, and learn the skills you need to become a professional in our digital age.
The first step is to decide what story you want to tell. Construct a narrative, then let your pictures do the work. With personal guidance and theoretical instruction to help you develop characters, scenarios and individual scenes, you will arrive, through plenty of practice, at your own unique story telling technique.
Learn all the core skills necessary for animated production, such as planning, direction, finishing off, image shooting and editing. It is also possible for students to learn the skills for creating the illustrations to be animated in other courses in the department.
3D computer graphics support the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry, such as big-name games and animated movies. This course gives you the cutting-edge forms of expression you need to create the works of your dreams, from grippingly realistic CG videos to games using your entire body.
Figurines, dolls, toys and ornaments provide a great chance to work with distorted forms and photorealistic techniques. Develop the modeling techniques necessary to create your own characters, while experimenting with 3D expression and designing figures and toys.
In this course you will learn the techniques involved in creating and developing scenery as it appears in the entertainment industry, such as concept art for movies and games, and background scenery in animation. Master the art of creating imaginary scenes and depicting features such as season, time, and climate.
Adopt a technical approach to illustration based upon expert scientific knowledge about living creatures and supported by a love of or interest in plants and animals. Reach a better understanding through drawing. Learn about the beauty and surprise life has to offer from living creatures themselves.
In the Fine Arts Department, by concentrating on what it means to draw, paint, create and express oneself, we explore a myriad of techniques and theories, improving students’ ability to express themselves in various mediums, and developing the fundamental skills necessary for artistic creation. At the same time, we also foster the power to look inside ourselves and at the world around us and to think deeply, asking "Why make this piece?" "What is this trying to say?" This practice develops across time into demonstrable ability, and our graduates are successful in a wide range of professional fields such as art, design, advertising, and product design.
Take a look at a variety of natural phenomena such as plants, animals, people and landscapes and, after acquiring the rudimentary skills, explore Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) more thoroughly through investigations into its history, materials and techniques. Find your own unique style of expression to take with you into the world.
After mastering basic techniques, learn about the specialist processes, techniques and materials used in Western-style painting, and widen your toolset of expressive techniques. With the help of thorough one-to-one guidance, decide on a research theme to pursue through both theory and practice, and develop the means to get your works out into the world.
As well as imparting the fundamental skills needed, this course will also allow you to experiment with a wide variety of materials, techniques, and media. Through projects encouraging interpersonal communication and involvement with the public, you will learn to arrive at a way of producing your own unique style of art, unconstrained by the traditions of conventional painting and sculpture.
In the Media Design Department, students will learn the core skills of photography, graphic design and video, and come to understand the possibilities for expression offered by mixing media. The function of media design is to more effectively use the interfaces connecting those broadcasting information with those receiving it, and to come up with new and appealing ways to apply them. Grasp the essence of new, daily-updated media forms, think deeply about our modern world and culture, and develop creative ways of thinking and communication skills.
In addition to learning those skills directly related to photography, such as techniques for analogue and digital cameras, lighting techniques and so on students will also acquire a broader skill set including knowing how to come up with ideas for their photographs, and planning and holding photography exhibitions.
Learn about all aspects of the graphic design industry, and discover the forms of design that appeal to you. This course also offers many opportunities to learn firsthand about design as it takes place in the real world, such as participating in collaborative projects involving businesses and the public sector, and entering competitions within and outside the university.
Master the basics such as filming, editing and sound design, as well as planning, scenario creation and animation techniques. Discover and explore the topics that really interest you, and learn the skills necessary to get these out to society.
The Spatial Design Department offers students the opportunity to learn about a cross-section of various areas of design that relate profoundly to our everyday lives. In this department, we investigate spatial design from the perspective of three specialist fields—costume design, product design and living space design—that deal with three of the most fundamental elements of our lives—clothing, objects, and dwellings.
Students of this course will learn the techniques and theories that form the basis of costume design, as well as how to create artistic pieces using wood and resin. Acquire skills useful across the fashion industry, and pursue an artistic approach to costume design.
Learn about the design of objects such as everyday items, furniture, cars, appliances and public sector systems that make our lives easier and shape our future. Students hone their abilities to identify gaps in the market from their own personal experience or social observation, and create design solutions.
Acquire the technical skills to accurately depict spaces and forms. Students will develop the imaginative and expressive abilities necessary to design attractive spaces that take into consideration the surrounding environment; learn about architecture, interior design, and landscape gardening; and formulate designs for living spaces that produce a feeling of well-being.
Seian University of Art and Design seeks the following kind of students.
Education Objectives for the Seian University of Art and Design Student.
(The aims for learning in undergraduate courses and the basis for conferring undergraduate degrees.)
Knowledge and Understanding (Cognitive Skills)
Technical Abilities (Psychodynamic Skills)
Attitude and Intention (Behavioral Skills)
Creativity (Integrative/Practical Skills)
To clearly set out the curriculum, and develop integrated key skills and high-level expertise.
Through thorough teacher-pupil guidance, to develop the fundamental skills and problem-solving abilities necessary in the professional world, and to establish practical competence, including the ability to organically link knowledge of the specialist area studied with society as a whole.
The syllabus for the departments operating under this educational policy is divided as follows:
Each degree course offered is made up of two kinds of curricula: Specialist Curriculum and General Curriculum. The latter include students from a range of degree courses.
There are four main pillars in the Common Studies Curriculum: Core Subjects, the Practical Subjects Group, the General Studies Group, and the Social Contribution Group.
The Core Subjects Group includes 1) the Starter Programs designed to give students the basic skills required to ensure that they can progress through their four years at university smoothly and independently; 2) the Introduction to Art Subjects that give a wide introduction to the theory that serves as the cornerstone to artistic perspective and thus support a wide range of artistic creation; and 3) the Foundation Subjects that provide students with wide-reaching artistic capacities regardless of their department.
The Practical Subjects Group offers students theoretical and practical support in a wide range of different artistic activities, helping instill the expert knowledge and techniques considered necessary for Core Specialty and Specialist Research Curriculum.
The General Studies Group includes those cultural subjects aiming to instill in students broad perspectives, diverse knowledge and flexible thinking through considering a variety of different knowledge sources and cultural phenomena, and by encouraging students to interpret works of art from assorted perspectives. They also include the foreign language subjects that give students the skills to communicate with those from other cultures, enabling them to acquire a more global perspective and enhanced creativity. Because Seian University of Art and Design is a member of both the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto and an equivalent consortium of universities in Shiga (in Japanese, 環びわ湖大学・地域コンソーシアム), it is also possible to take subjects offered in other universities and colleges in Shiga and Kyoto Prefectures.
The Social Contribution Subjects Group offers students the chance to learn about themselves through interaction with and contribution to society, and thus to improve their ability to achieve their goals after graduation. The local contribution projects encourage students to put their practical knowledge and techniques to use in those places that have requested "artistic help". In this way, students in order to develop the abilities that will make them indispensable members of society and the professional world, such as communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. The Career Design Curriculum help students to acquire, step-by-step, qualities such as self-analysis, self-discovery and understanding of society, all of which are indispensable for designing one’s career, and help them formulate the career path that is best suited to them.
The Specialist Curriculum is studied in three stages: Introduction to Specialty Introduction, Core Specialty, and Specialist Research. In the Introduction to Specialty Introduction Section through a series of practical training classes and lectures, students acquire the key knowledge and techniques necessary to pursue the Specialist curriculum. In the Core Specialty Section, students acquire the techniques and knowledge that will form the cornerstone of expert knowledge, and take practical training classes and lectures needed in order to acquire a deep and profound grasp of their chosen specialty. In the Specialist Research Curriculum, students will broaden and refine their knowledge and techniques relating to their own specialty. Through seminars and electives, they will improve their ability to express themselves and think autonomously, conduct research, and complete their graduation projects.
|Application Period||Examination Date||Announcement of Examination Results|
|Applicants for First Term||November 18 – 28, 2016||December 10, 2016||December 15, 2016|
|Applicants for Second Term||January 10 – 21, 2017||February 1, 2017||February 10, 2017|
Applicants must fulfill all of the following four criteria (1)–(4) (excluding those who are permanent residents in Japan)
|(2)||Have sufficient Japanese ability to participate in Japanese classes upon enrollment|
|(3)||Be able to attend the entrance examination at the university campus|
|(4)||Be able to obtain an "overseas student" visa by the time of their enrollment in the school|
|Application Fee||Examination Venue||Examination Subjects and Time||Regarding Examination Results|
|First time applicants: ¥5,000
Repeat applicants: no charge
|Seian University of Art and Design||Examination format: Portfolio review and individual interview
Examination time: Commences at 12:00 pm. Interviews last roughly 30 minutes per person
|Examination results will be determined based on both the interview with portfolio and the application documents|
Our university offers merit-based financial support to qualifying students taking the international students entrance examination. We offer either a 30% or 50% reduction in tuition fees for those international students who pass the examination and are enrolled in the school. (The above reduction does not apply to admission fees, facility fees for any of the departments, or other expenses.) Please be aware that any student who cannot present a valid "overseas student" visa at the time of his/her enrollment in the school cannot be treated as an international student and will not be eligible to be awarded an overseas student tuition reduction. Students will need to submit the necessary documents each year to continue receiving the reduced tuition fees. Also, the reduced rate is determined by a yearly assessment procedure.
|Department||Tuition Reduction||Period||Enrollment Fee||Tuition Fee||Facility Fee||Other Expenses||Total|
|Integrated Studies Department||50% (Fees shown are amounts after||Full year||¥200,000||¥450,000||¥87,500||¥37,000||¥774,500|
|Payable upon admission (first semester fees, etc.)||¥200,000||¥225,000||¥43,750||¥37,000||¥505,750|
|30% (Fees shown are amounts after application of reduction)||Full year||¥200,000||¥630,000||¥87,500||¥37,000||¥954,500|
|Payable upon admission (first semester fees, etc.)||¥200,000||¥315,000||¥43,750||¥37,000||¥595,750|
|Illustration Department, Fine Arts Department, Media Design Department, Spatial Design Department||50% (Fees shown are amounts after||Full year||¥200,000||¥780,400||-||¥37,000||¥1,017,400|
|Payable upon admission (first semester fees, etc.)||¥200,000||¥390,200||-||¥37,000||¥627,200|
|30% (Fees shown are amounts after application of reduction)||Full year||¥200,000||¥1,092,600||-||¥37,000||¥1,329,600|
|Payable upon admission (first semester fees, etc.)||¥200,000||¥546,300||-||¥37,000||¥783,300|
|Educational Support Association Enrollment Fee||Once Only, at time of enrollment||¥5,000|
|Educational Support Association Membership Fee||Annual fee||¥20,000|
|Students’ Association Membership Fee||Annual fee||¥10,000|
|Department Orientation Activities Fee||Once Only, at time of enrollment||¥2,000|
* For further details, consult the PDF 2017 Enrollment Guide (7MB, Japanese language only)
A free shuttle bus runs between the JR Ogoto-Onsen Station and the university. Go out of the station and go east toward ticket gate and go toward Lake Biwa (Biwako). The bus leaves from in front of Shiga Bank (Shiga Ginko = 滋賀銀行) and takes approximately three minutes to reach the university.