Students in the Department study the scope, theory, and history of art, learn to appreciate the role of tradition and transformation, and explore a range of other topics such as arts communication. Faculty value and nurture students’ interest in the arts, responding to their commitment to learn with a high level of specialized knowledge. We seek students with a strong and consistent fascination with the subject.
With its focus on teaching not the practice of art but rather its relationship to human existence, culture, and society, as well as its historical context, the Department is a pioneer among Japanese universities.
In their second year, students choose from the following six courses:
Students explore the components of music from multiple perspectives rooted in history and theory. Through exposure to a wide range of genres spanning folk and pop music from around the world in both ancient and modern times, they develop their own musical worldview.
Students develop their ability to interpret the meaning of films by viewing and discussing a carefully chosen library of 100 works from all over the world.
Students explore art from around the world in depth and from multiple perspectives. The course is appropriate both for those pursuing an academic or curatorial career and those who simply wish to interpret the images surrounding them in everyday life.
Approaching their subjects from the perspectives of media communication and cultural sociology, students explore a variety of cultural phenomena that do not fit within the conventional boundaries of “the arts.” Workshops and other hands-on learning opportunities develop their ability to think flexibly.
Students investigate all facets of the performing arts, including the history, theory, potential, and meaning of genres both old and new from around the world, such as drama, ballet, modern dance, musical theater, and traditional performing arts. Classes on body techniques and the practice of performance are also offered.
Students develop their understanding of the arts by taking courses in all five of the specialized courses (Musicology, Film Studies, Art History, Media Studies, and Theater and Performance Studies). By doing so, they emerge with a broad perspective on creative expression.
By completing courses on curation, students can obtain national certification as a curator. Becoming a curator requires not only specialized knowledge in fields such as art history, but also a broad range of other knowledge and skills related to topics such as the mission and administration of museums, the management and conservation of collections, and the planning and implementation of safe, effective exhibits.
Introductory classes in all six of the Department’s courses provide a foundation in the arts and help students determine the areas in which they are interested.
Students choose to join either the Musicology, Film Studies, Art History, Media Studies, and Theater and Performance Studies or Comprehensive Art Studies Course. A range of class styles are offered, from small, intensive reading classes to hands-on classes to seminars in which students select a theme and prepare a presentation.
*The Department also provides many other opportunities to engage with the arts, including events outside the university, university symposiums and lectures featuring artists and academics, concerts, and theatrical performances.
Students in the five specialized courses receive closer and more detailed instruction as they prepare to write their graduation thesis, which is required in these courses. Students in the Comprehensive Art Studies Course pursue interdisciplinary studies in line with their own interests, selecting from classes offered in the five specialized courses.