In the Department of Art Studies, students acquire knowledge about art, study art theory and art history, and hone their perspectives on tradition and revolution in art, while broadly exploring topics such as the nature of communication in relation to art. We nurture our students’ interest in art with care, and respond to their commitment to learning through the presentation of sophisticated specialized knowledge. The Department welcomes students whose minds are constantly focused on art.
The Department of Art Studies is not oriented towards the acquisition of practical skills; rather, it is a pioneering entity within the context of the Japanese university, in which students are able to engage in a comprehensive exploration of art in its relation to humanity, culture, and society, and of the background to the production of art.
Offering a unique program of education, the Department of Art Studies has produced a diverse range of graduates. In the first year, students engage in a comprehensive and multifaceted study of art, and from the second year, they select a field that corresponds to their own interests from six Sequences.
In this Sequence, students study the history, theory, the potential and the meaning of the performing arts of diverse ages and countries, including drama, ballet, dance, musicals, and traditional drama. Students also take practical classes and receive training in basic physical skills involving the voice and the body.
In this Sequence, students explore contemporary musical materials from multifaceted perspectives, with a grounding in history and theory. Wide-ranging studies of the ethnic and popular music of Japan, Asia, and other regions throughout the world, from past to present, enables students to develop their own unique musical worldview.
The Department of Art Studies has a library of over 10,000 videos, enabling students to gain a richer experience of film by viewing and discussing carefully selected works, and to absorb perspectives on the reading of the messages encoded in films. This Sequence also features classes in which videos made by students are critiqued.
Students taking this Sequence engage in a deep exploration of aesthetics, looking at the art of regions throughout the world. Students may aim to become researchers or curators, or simply seek to learn how to decode the visual images they encounter in their daily lives. Many students also participate in short-term study programs in Europe.
In this Sequence, students explore diverse cultural phenomena that cannot be encompassed within traditional genre frameworks using perspectives derived from media, communications, and the sociology of culture. Practical learning, via pedagogic methods such as workshops, cultivates flexible and multifaceted perspectives on the subjects under study.
The General Art Sequence enables students to approach art through wide-ranging classes across five specialized Sequences (Musicology, Film Art Studies, Art History, Art Media, and Physical Expression in Performance). This Sequence cultivates individuals who appreciate art from a broad perspective.
The Department of Art Studies offers students the possibility of acquiring national certification as a museum curator by taking the Museum Curator course. In addition to specialized knowledge in specific fields, including art history, museum curators must also possess broad-ranging knowledge and skills in areas such as the mission of museums and their administration, the management and conservation of collections, and the planning and implementation of safe and effective exhibitions.
Boasting a staff of instructors working at the forefront of a variety of fields, the Department of Art Studies offers students the opportunity to experience real art in a range of settings. In addition to taking part in events outside the school, students have numerous opportunities within the Department to join with artists and researchers and participate in symposia, lecture meetings, concerts, and dramatic performances.
In addition to the required course Outline of Art Studies, students can choose from a variety of introductory lecture courses, including Overview of the History of Western Music, Overview of Western Art History, Overview of Japanese and Eastern Art History, Outline of Film History, Introduction to Media Theory, and Outline of the Theory of Physical Expression.
In the second year, students choose a Sequence from the five specialized Sequences (Musicology, Film Art Studies, Art History, Art Media, and Physical Expression in Performance) and the additional General Art Sequence, and commence a full-fledged study of their selected Sequence. Students are also able to participate in numerous seminar-type lecture courses, in which they engage in intensive reading of texts in small groups and offer presentations on topics of their own choosing.
In the third and fourth years, we prepare classes that offer students more specialized knowledge in collaboration with instructors at the forefront of their specific fields. In the five specialized Sequences, which require the writing of a graduation thesis, students receive comprehensive guidance from their advisors. In the General Art Sequence, students are able to select from the course clusters offered in the five Sequences in order to pursue learning that accords with their own interests. Students may also take classes, including Outline of Museums and the Museum Workshop, in order to acquire museum curator qualifications.
Many graduates of the Department of Art Studies take up specialized positions in music-related management, or as curators or film event organizers. Recently, the number of graduates securing publishing, broadcasting, and IT-related positions has also increased. Many graduates also enter the world of fashion. In addition, Art Studies graduates are also filling unique roles as company employees or government workers. The deep insight into human expression and its place in society offered by study in this department is an advantage in all scenarios.