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About Enrollment

Q1. What kind of students go to IAMAS?


IAMAS students come from various regions and have diverse areas of expertise.

  • Age : The youngest students are in their twenties; the oldest, in their fifties
  • Man-to-woman ratio : 7 to 3
  • Percent of students with professional experience : 50
  • Fields of expertise : Art, design, video, music, photography, engineering, computer networks, architecture, aesthetics, communication
  • Where they come from : Gifu, Aichi, Osaka, Tokyo, Saitama, Kagawa, Nigata, Fukushima, Akita, Miyazaki, Hokkaido, Nagano, Okinawa, Korea, China, and more

Q2. Is there any kind of special framework for working people to enroll?

  • Research Student : These students research at IAMAS for a year, as a general rule, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Upon completing a report, they receive a certificate affirming they have completed their program.
  • Credited Auditors : These students can enroll in a desired class and receive course credit.
  • Researcher : Researchers are dispatched to research at IAMAS by an organization with which they are affiliated.

Q3. Can I take the entrance exam even if I don't have a bachelor's degree?


Applicants who are determined to have a level of academic ability equal to or greater than those at our school and who have graduated from university can take the entrance exam if they will be at least 22 years old by April 1st of the year in which they wish to enroll. Many kinds of people have taken the IAMAS entrance exam, including some who dropped out of college to start working, and some who studied overseas after high school but did not complete their bachelor's.

Q4. Are there evening classes?


No, there are not. There are five class periods from 9 am to 6 pm. However, the 24 hour facilities allow students to research or create at any time of day.

Q5. Do non-Japanese have to take the entrance exam in Japanese?


Applicants can choose to take the exam in Japanese or English.

Q6. Does IAMAS hold information sessions?


We hold an Open House in the summer, but we can also give out information on an individual basis; you can request a tour of the school facilities, a meeting with an instructor whose research you are interested in, and ask questions about enrollment by e-mail. Please contact us directly about this.

Q7. How can I get ahold of information about the entrance exam?

Q8. I have a job; can I complete my degree while working?


In general, our classes take place on the weekdays from the first period (beginning at 9 am) to fifth period (ending at 6 pm) so with a flexible work schedule it is possible to attend IAMAS while working. However, IAMAS has a high workload of research and creating pieces compared to a conventional graduate school, so it may take some ingenuity to accomplish schoolwork and work.

Q9. Are there any restrictions on what kind of undergraduate degree applicants can have?


There are no restrictions based on your previous field of study. At IAMAS, you could say that there are as many fields of specialty as there are students. There are students who specialize in art, of course, and others who specialize in philosophy, engineering, design, sociology, environmental studies, social welfare, and more. Students create and research together with classmates and teachers of different fields.

Q10. Do I need to have any foreign language ability?


Some of our classes are conducted in English, and we have some exchange with foreign artists and researchers, so proficiency in English is beneficial. (There will be interpretation for talks give by non-Japanese lecturers, so those who are not good at English do not have to worry.)

Q11. Are there any scholarships available?

  • Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences Special Award (Prefecture award)
    Stipend: 600,000 yen for one year.
    Recipients: One first year student and one second year student.
  • Ogaki City Award (Municipal award)
    Stipend: 600,000 yen for one year.
    Recipient: One second year student.

There are also other national scholarships available. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Q12. Besides the school fees, are there other fees for using the facilities or for education materials?


None at all. Students can borrow a notebook computer, ipad, and software for two years without charge.

Student Life

Q13. What is the workspace like?


Our main facilities and work areas are:

  • Woodworking room, metalworking room, the innovation studio, sound studio, visual studio, design studio, computer room, etc.
  • The facilities can be used 24 hours a day (the library, innovation studio, metalworking room, woodworking room, and equipment rental can only be accessed during the day on weekdays.)
  • A nap room with bedding
  • The loft

For more information see IAMAS Facilities.

Q14. Is there a student dormitory?


The student dormitory (RIST) is located in a residential area approximately 1.1km from the school. Rooms combine comfort with functionality and come complete with a bed, bath, and electric cooker. Rent is 22,800 yen per month. There are a total of 40 rooms. Each room is individual with an area of 14.9 square meters, has heating and air conditioning, and is all electric. There is a parking lot and a space to park bicycles. For more information, see Student Dormitory (RIST).

Q15. What will my cost of living be while attending IAMAS?


The monthly cost of living for those living alone costs roughly 70,000 to 100,000 yen including transportation, food, telephone, utilities, work materials, and rent (20,000 to 50,000 yen). This may vary depending on the person, but compared to the big city, the cost of living around here is relatively cheap.

Q16. Am I free to choose what I want to do for my graduate research project?


Students participate in a project that interests them, accumulating experience and skill and getting inspiration for their personal research. After this, students are free to choose the topic of their graduate project. To complete their studies at IAMAS, students turn in a research project and a final thesis. It is also possible for students to just write a thesis. Though students receive advice and guidance from their faculty supervisors, they design the contents of their research themselves. To see what students have done in the past, see the IAMAS Activity page.


Q17. What fields do IAMAS graduates work in?


Some work for businesses involved in industries like web development, video, graphics, application development, and design. Some start their own companies, some work for education or research organizations, some for cultural organizations, and some work as artists.

Q18. Do you have information available about job offers?


There are many job offers every year in many different areas such as information, design, and advertising. We hear about these offers not only from businesses but also from IAMAS graduates.