Kyoto Seika University originated in 1968
(as a private two-year college with Departments of Art and English)
With the intention of providing a progressive, liberal and humanistic alternative to the heavily-criticized Japanese "production-line" education system of that time.
Depth and diversity, with a view to education of the whole person, have always characterized Kyoto Seika's curriculum. All courses draw on the rich resources of actively committed faculty members and the city of Kyoto itself, the cultural and intellectual heart of Japan.
Beyond their elective majors, students in both original college departments enrolled in General Studies classes in Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Options included Literature, Ethics, Law, Philosophy, History of Thought, Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Education, History of Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Experimental Psychology.
Facilities were built from the ground up; teachers and students shared the challenges of creating an entirely new learning institution.
Within 10 years, the school qualified for full Bachelor of Arts accreditation in Art.The Faculty of Art was established in 1979, and has continued to expand and diversify over the years since then.
Ten years later, in April 1989, the 4-year program of the Faculty of Humanities enrolled its first intake, building on the strong academic base of the former General Studies program, and allowing individualized exploration of extensive study fields within three areas: Traditional Japanese Culture, Comparative Cultures, and Environment and Culture.
In Spring 2003 the Faculty of Humanities was reorganized around three new integrated major areas: Social and Media Studies, Cultural and Art Studies, and Environmental and Social Studies.
From April 2006 the Faculty of Art was divided into three separate Faculties, creating the new Faculty of Design, and Faculty of Manga. Departments were also reorganized, resulting in the following divisions: Fine Arts, Material Expression, Media Arts; Visual Design, Product Design, Architecture; Cartoon & Comic Art, Manga Production, and Animation.
In addition to the former Faculty of Art's majors of Oil Painting, Japanese Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Video and Media Arts, Architecture, Ceramics, Textiles, Product Communication Design, Cartoon Art and Comic Art, Visual Communication Design has become Graphic Design, and new majors are provided in Illustration, Digital Creation, Interior Product Design, Manga Production, and Animation.
Masters' Programs were introduced in the Faculty of Art in April 1991, and in the Faculty of Humanities in April 1993. Selected Ph.D. courses were introduced in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Art in April 2003. An innovative new multi-disciplinary Graduate School syllabus, integrating studies in the areas of Art, Design, Manga and Humanities, will commence in April 2010.
In November 2006, in collaboration with Kyoto City, KSU established the Kyoto International Manga Museum, in a converted elementary school building in downtown Kyoto, as a museum, library, and research facility.
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