Major of Art Studies

(Master's and Doctoral Program)

Fostering the flexible approaches and broad perspectives essential in the modern world

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Art Studies choose one of five concentrations: Musicology, Film Studies, Art History, Art Media, or Theatre and Performance Studies Concentration, will be established in 2021. While engaging in intensive study in their chosen concentration, students also have the opportunity to broaden their perspective by taking classes outside of their concentration. We consider this essential. For instance, film and video are deeply connected to fields such as music and fine arts. It follows that the specialized study of any particular field cannot succeed without a broad and flexible perspective encompassing related fields. The lively art scene of recent years, in which artists frequently cross established genre boundaries, provides further evidence of the necessity, and indeed inevitability, of this broad approach to research on the arts. The Art Studies program is unique in that it offers outstanding classes in each of the four concentrations. This overall breadth and depth offer an ideal environment for those pursuing specialized research in the arts. By offering a wide range of classes taught by professors at the international forefront of their fields, we aim to nurture individuals with broad perspectives who are capable of using their deep background knowledge as a basis for thinking independently about the arts. This flexibility enables careers not only in research and education, but also in fields ranging from museum curatorship, movie production, and the artistic direction of concert halls and playhouses to various types of planning and production, broadcast, publishing, and other roles in the media.

Admission Policy


Theatre and Performance Studies Concentration

A graduate-level Theatre and Performance Studies Concentration will be established in 2021 to correspond to the undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies Course, which has been offered by the Department of Art Studies since 2017. The theatre and performing arts divisions of the graduate Art Media Concentration will be regrouped to form this new concentration. With roots that date to the birth of humanity and a history spanning 2,500 years, theatre is the subject of academic study at institutions around the world. While Meiji Gakuin University’s Theatre and Performance Studies Concentration will take a scholarly approach to the field, we are also committed to exposing students to living performing arts, developing in them a keen awareness of the spirit of contemporary society and culture that will inform their research throughout their careers. By building on the university’s international outlook and the multidisciplinary nature of the Art Studies major, we hope to produce broad-minded, deeply knowledgeable graduates prepared for an international career as scholars. Students will have the opportunity to acquire a wide background in the arts as well as to study specialized aspects of theater, such as criticism, contemporary Japanese theatre, and modern French theater with a focus on symbolism. Space and place are essential to theatre, and in that sense Shirokanedai is an ideal environment. Located in central Tokyo, the district of course offers excellent access to all types of theatre venues, but beyond that, the quiet campus surrounded by historical sites and greenery is the perfect base for concentrated study. The stage is set, and we eagerly anticipate meeting our first class of students. We hope you’ll consider joining a group of highly experienced professors and fellow students as we pursue intensive, rewarding study.

Scholarships and Grants

In principle, six students (primarily doctoral students) in the Graduate School of Arts and Letters are awarded scholarships of 100,000 or 200,000 yen each year to support overseas research and presentations. In addition, grants of up to 30,000 yen are available for travel to academic conferences within Japan.