Students pursuing a graduate degree in Art Studies choose one of four concentrations: Musicology, Film Studies, Art History, or Art Media. 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 inevitibility, 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 offers 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.
The Art Media concentration was established in 2010, and corresponds to the undergraduate Art Media concentrations established four years earlier. The objective was to create a unique space for the study of art and media, with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches. In addition to remaining closely engaged with traditional fields such as fine art, music, and film, faculty and students in the concentration proactively address phenomena that have not traditionally been considered "art," or which overflow existing boundaries. This includes the performing arts, advertising, broadcast, newspaper journalism, publishing, issues related to mobile phones and the internet, subcultures including cosplay, manga, animes and video games, media arts, urban planning, architecture, theme parks and other tourist attractions, and more. Almost anything can potentially become the subject of study. This flexibility is rooted in an approach that considers art and media from a far broader and deeper perspective than is generally the case, focusing not on their differences but rather on their shared territory of communication. Communication is not simply the transmission of information; it is the creation of a multi-layered space. In a broad sense it is "media" that creates this space, and concepts such as the body and materiality that hold the key to understanding it. In today's society, where technology has permeated every corner of life with media, there is value in rethinking cultural and human possibilities from the perspective of art. This, we might say, is the central issue under examination in the Art Media concentration. We are seeking students eager to join our current faculty and students as they explore this issue together. Enthusiastic non-traditional applicants with real-world experience are also invited to apply.
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.