In April 1969, Kyoto University founded the Data Processing Center as an Inter-University Services facility for performing computer processing in research conducted both at Kyoto University and at other institutions. Earlier in April 1966, the University had established the Computing Center, which was founded as an Intra-University Services facility for providing instruction in the use of computers and programming. This facility would eventually be transformed into the Educational Center for Information Processing, which was later reorganized in April 1997 as the Center for Information and Multimedia Studies.
In April 2002, the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies of Kyoto University was founded by integrating the Data Processing Center, the Center for Information and Multimedia Studies and the Institute for Kyoto University Integrated Information Network System. In April 2005, the University established the Institute for Information Management and Communication, at which time administrative and technical staff of the Center were shifted to the Information Management and Communication Department within the Institute. Since the transition, the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies has primarily served as an educational and research facility staffed by faculty and support personnel. The two organizations continue to operate in a close and cooperative working relationship.