Department of Art Studies

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Students explore topics such as the nature of communication through art, while gaining knowledge about art, theories behind it, and its history, refining their viewpoint with regard to traditions and revolutions in art. We nurture students’ interest in art, and cater to the desire to learn with high-level specialized knowledge. The Department expects students who always have art on their mind, no matter if it’s the dripping, time-kept lines of Dali or how shamisen have been used non-traditionally.

Department of Art Studies

Features of the Department of Art Studies

The Department does not teach skills, but rather it is a pioneer among art departments at Japanese universities in that it allows students to comprehensively learn about art as it relates to people, culture, and society, in addition to art backgrounds.



Study all fields of art in first year, before moving to specialized fields in second year

Six courses (five specialized courses and a general art course)

Musicology Course

Students consider the components of contemporary music from multifaceted perspectives based on history and musical theory. Students learn about a broad range of music, ranging from ancient to modern that includes folk music and pop music from around the world. Using their newfound knowledge, they construct their own, unique musical worldview.


Film and Art Studies Course

Students increase their experience of film by viewing and discussing a carefully selected library of 100 films. They thereby gain the perspective necessary to understand the deeper, or hidden, messages that films convey. This course also features classes in which students shoot films themselves, before critiquing each other’s work.


Art History Course

Students immerse themselves in art from around the world, seeing it from a variety of perspectives. Some students may aim to become researchers or curators, while others might wish to develop the ability to decode the images they see in their everyday lives.


Art Media Course

Students consider cultural phenomena that do not fall within the boundaries of conventional art from the perspectives of media, communication, and cultural sociology. Doing this, they develop flexible thinking through practical study, such as workshops.


Physical Expression in Performance Course

Students explore the richness of performing arts, as well as the history, theory, possibilities, and meaning, etc., of ancient and modern eastern and western performing arts, including theater, ballet, dance, musicals and traditional performance. Classes include training in physical skills and practical lectures.


General Art Course

Students gain an insight into art by taking classes from the wide-ranging line up of the five specialized courses of Musicology, Film and Art Studies, Art History, Art Media, and Physical Expression in Performance. This course produces people that can view and understand a broad perspective of art.


Museum curator qualifications

By completing the Museum Curator course, students are able to obtain national certification as a museum curator. Museum curators must not only have specialized knowledge in specific fields, such as art history, but they also need wide-ranging knowledge and skills in relation to matters such as the mission and administration of museums, management and conservation of collections, and planning and implementation of safe and effective exhibitions.


Flow of the Four-Year Program

First year: Gaining a broad understanding of art in all areas of specialization

Students learn the foundations of all the courses offered through introductory lectures in each of the six courses, including overviews and outlines. Students explore their own interests and orientations.

Second year: Choosing an area of specialization from six courses and starting basic exploration

Students select a course from the six available courses, which are Musicology, Film and Art Studies, Art History, Art Media, and Physical Expression in Performance, and General Art. There are many seminar-style lecture courses in which students carefully read literature in small groups, determine themes, and give presentations.

*The Department provides real experiences for students in a range of settings, such as internal symposiums, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances by artists and researchers, in addition to participating in external events.


Third and fourth year: Increasing specialization and developing overall understanding of art with an eye to completing a graduation thesis

In the five specialized courses in which a graduation thesis is a requirement, students begin closer and more detailed instruction. In the General Art Course, students take a broad approach by selecting subjects of interest from the five specialized courses.

Paths after Graduation

A notable feature of the paths students take after graduation from the Department of Art Studies is the trend towards pursuing creative careers. For example, an increasing number of graduates are finding work in music management, museum curation, film event production, specialist occupations such as cartooning, as well as publishing, broadcasting, advertising, performing arts, as well as in the IT or fashion industries. On the other hand, many students also make unique contributions in private enterprise or public service, based on the planning and communication abilities, etc., that they developed at the Department of Art Studies. In addition, the deep insight into human expression and its appreciation by society is useful in a number of different scenarios.

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2014-2016)