seoul, south korea

Korea National University of Arts 


Korea National University of Arts, or K-Arts, was founded in 1990 and built its mission on providing the best educational environment for “the creative few” who will go on to change art as we know it. The professors at K-Arts encourage and stimulate students and act as facilitators, rather than teachers, to provide a comfortable setting for students to grow and learn independently. K-Arts is made up of two Seoul-based campuses—the Seokgwan Campus and the Seocho Campus, both easily accessed by public transportation—and has about 2,600 students and over 700 professors and lecturers. K-Arts also has its own gallery that is used for exhibitions, experimental performances, and film screenings. For more information about the school, please visit the K-Arts website.

About Seoul

Seoul is the largest city in South Korea and one of the largest in the world with a population of over 12 million. The city is home to over 100 museums, including the Seoul Museum of Art, Ilman Museum of Art, the National Museum of Korea, and the Korean Film Archive. There are also many palaces, Buddhist temples, and historical landmarks to explore. The city is rich in culture and history and offers activities that appeal to all ages. (Source: Seoul City Travel Information)

Courses of Study

K-Arts offers 29 majors in the following departments: School of Drama, School of Dance, School of Visual Arts (Fine Art, Design, Architecture, and Art Theory), School of Film, TV & Multimedia, School of Music, and School of Korean Traditional Arts. Students can take classes in painting, sculpture, crafts, and media as well as workshops on woodcraft, etching, bronze casting, photography, metal, glass, and pottery. The university does not offer Urban Studies or New Genres. Students studying these subjects are welcome to apply for an exchange at K-Arts if they can find courses in other departments that are relevant to their SFAI major.

Language and Curriculum

International exchange students are enrolled in classes with degree students and other exchange students. Classes are primarily taught in Korean, so knowledge of Korean is important. Every course requires the completion of a project by end of each semester. Studio space varies between schools and departments. In the School of Visual Arts, exchange students can have a small space of their own in a large room to use throughout the semester. There are some individual rooms available that students must sign up to use a few days before, such as editing rooms for the School of Film/TV/Multimedia.

Term Dates

The spring semester begins in early March and ends late June. The fall semester runs from the end of August until late December.

Deadlines to apply - April 1 for the fall semester, September 20th for the spring semester.

Housing Overview

Student housing is available. The cost of housing varies, and for non-student housing, most websites are in Korean. Students often find non-student housing independently through Craigslist.org, Facebook Marketplace, and other classified ads.

Application Requirements

SFAI students who are interested in studying at K-Arts should submit the following:

- SFAI Study Abroad Application
- K-Arts Application
- Two letters of recommendation from SFAI faculty
- Official SFAI academic transcript
- Study plan
- Certificate of enrollment
- Two passport photos
- Copy of passport bio page
- Portfolio
- Medical clearance (results of general medical check-up including vaccination)