Note: Japanese Language

All entrance examinations and most of the courses at MAU are conducted in Japanese. International students wishing to enter the University must therefore be fluent in Japanese. The University offers no intensive or remedial Japanese courses.

Graduate School of Art and Design

To enter the Graduate School of MAU, students must pass the entrance examination given on campus by the course of study in which they wish to enroll. They must also complete the necessary registration procedures. The University's first term begins in April of each year.

1. Application

2. Entrance qualifications

Doctoral Degree Program
To enter a doctoral degree program in Japan, students must have completed the master's program of graduate school at a Japanese university or a master's level program at a university abroad.

Master's Degree Program
To enter a master's degree program in Japan, students must have graduated from an undergraduate program at a Japanese university or completed 16 years of education abroad.

3. Evaluation

Doctoral Degree Program
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their artwork or theses as well as a written essay, English language and oral examinations. Acceptance into the course of study is based on the applicant's overall score.

Master's Degree Program
In each specialized course of study, applicants are evaluated on the basis of their artwork or theses as well as a written essay and interview; some courses also conduct tests in technical skills or a foreign language. Acceptance into the course of study is based on the applicant's overall score.
No special treatment will be extended to international students or Japanese students returning from abroad wishing to take the entrance examination for the master's or doctoral program.

College of Art and Design (Undergraduate Program)

To enter the College of Art and Design, students must pass the Special entrance examination for International Students(外国人留学生特別入学試験)given at the University by the department in which they wish to enroll. The examination is held during the third week of December each year. Applicants must also complete the necessary registration procedures. The University's first term begins in April of each year.

1. Application

2. Entrance qualifications

Students must have or completed 12 years of education abroad to qualify to enroll in a Japanese college or university. In addition, applicants must submit a “Japanese as a Foreign Language” score of 50% or above for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) or level N2 or higher for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). These are valid only within two years of the application deadline.
Please refer to http://www.jasso.go.jp/eju/index_e.html, http://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/index.html for detailed information regarding EJU or JLPT.

3. Evaluation

Each department conducts examinations in technical skill. Technical skill varies from drawing, painting, writing essays, etc. depending on the department. Acceptance is based on the applicant's overall score consisting of the technical skill score, interview score, and the Japanese language score of EJU.

Transfer Students

MAU accepts transfer students into the third or second year of the undergraduate program in the College of Art and Design. To transfer, students must pass the transfer examination held in late December of each year by the respective department in which they wish to enroll. They must also complete the necessary registration procedures. Transfer students enroll in April of each year.

1. Application

2. Entrance qualifications

Students are qualified to transfer if they have a bachelor's or associate's (two-year university level) degree, or have completed 14 years of education abroad.

3. Evaluation

In each major, applicants are evaluated on the basis of their artwork or theses as well as an interview. Some courses also conduct a written essay or technical skills tests. Acceptance is based on the applicant's overall score.
No special treatment will be extended to international applicants and Japanese citizens returning from abroad wishing to transfer.

International research students

An individual who meets the application eligibility requirements and has completed 16 years of formal schooling in or outside Japan may apply to MAU as an international research student to undergo preparatory education for admission to a master’s program at MAU or to enhance his or her expertise in a field of study. International research students take five Japanese lessons a week to gain the language skills that they need to take classes in Japanese.

1. Application (College of Art and Design level only)

2. Entrance qualifications

An individual who either does not have Japanese citizenship or has not obtained permission for permanent residence in Japan (including special permanent residency) and meets all the following conditions may apply to MAU as an international research student (College of Art and Design level only).

  1. The individual has completed or expects to complete 16 years of formal schooling in or outside Japan or has demonstrated via an individual screening that he or she possesses the equivalent academic abilities.
  2. The individual was at least 22 years of age as of April 1, 2018.

3. Evaluation

MAU selects applicants for admission by screening the applicants’ documents, reviewing the applicants’ artwork, conducting interviews with the applicants.

*Notes on applying to multiple programs
Individuals may not apply to study in multiple research programs or multiple research fields. However, an individual may apply to take multiple entrance examinations if he or she meets the corresponding eligibility requirements.