Tama Art University (Tamabi)

Tama Art University, or Tamabi, is a private art university located in Tokyo, Japan – a city where history, tradition and culture are in magnificent harmony with world-leading economic and technological development. It is known as one of the top art schools in Japan.

Tama is known for its progressive, hands-on classes taught by some of Japan's top artists and designers; extensive facilities for artistic production, including the Hachioji Library, one of the world's most beautiful libraries; and an extremely creative and gifted student body.


Global Exchange School
  • Tokyo, Japan

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

April — August

Fall Semester

September — March

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Fact Sheet
Exchange Website
University Website
Tama's Application Documents
Academic Calendar

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Japanese
  • English

Some English instruction

About Tamabi

Program and Course Information

Read more about academic departments at Tamabi (English)

More information is available on their Japanese-language website

You will select your courses upon arrival.


Almost all classes are taught in Japanese. Though there is no formal language requirement, Tamabi strongly recommends that accepted students learn basic skills of Japanese before coming to Tamabi. English instruction is very limited.

Housing Information

Tamabi’s on-campus accommodation is not available for exchange students. However, Tamabi will provide information for two real estate agencies to successful applicants. The companies will support you in finding appropriate off-campus housing.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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