In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the establishment of Joshibi University of Art and Design, we established the Field of Art Produce and Museum Studies (“AP”) at the Suginami campus, Tokyo. AP collaborates with three other fields in the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design to provide students with the opportunity to learn the fundamental theories and techniques involved in producing various forms of art from the standpoint of the audience. Education at AP is centered on fine arts, but also includes music, drama and video.
It is no exaggeration to say that the art world is driven by women. Our aim is to open up society to art with a female sensitivity which can touch our lives. We wish to change our male-dominated society from within, by utilizing the delicate and flexible sensitivity not only of female artists and designers but of all women to produce a place in which we can share in human happiness, regardless of our sex.
Do you love fine art, but also have a passion for music and drama? Are you curious about art and have many interests? Then AP is the perfect school for you. We eagerly await your unique talents and creative sense, which transcends beyond the existing boundaries of art.
In the first year, students will learn the theories and practices which form a common foundation for all fields in the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design. In addition, students will learn the basic theories of art production and museum studies at the heart of the Field of Art Produce and Museum Studies.
Courses common across the Dept
Students will learn about design through a series of seminars. They will acquire an understanding of design elements such as characters, pictures, illustrations, photo images and layout through computer operation, and will also acquire basic knowledge of graphic design.
Students will learn about drawing through a series of seminars. They will acquire an understanding of elements required in formative art in order to correctly grasp and express an object, such as composition, shape, texture and quantity. They will also acquire observation and expression skills that are essential in two-dimensional expression.
Students will learn about craftwork through a series of seminars. They will acquire knowledge regarding craftwork as well as an understanding of the techniques (dyeing and weaving) and materials used therein, including various textures, colors and forms. Moreover, they will learn how to handle various materials and will gain ability in formative techniques.
Students will learn about three-dimensional shapes through a series of seminars. By creating replicas out of clay, they will hone their observational ability and spatial awareness, while also acquiring basic observation and expression skills as well as unique formative skills required in three-dimensional artwork.
Faculty members in the Dept. of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design will give inspirational, performance-like lectures regarding their respective specialist fields.
Students will comprehensively learn the basic techniques required to work as a curator in an art museum.
We will invite specialists not only from the art world but also from a variety of fields to give lectures and conversations about the way of the world.
Students will comprehensively learn the basic ideas and techniques used to produce various art forms.
In the second year, students take various basic seminars related to the production of fine arts, music, drama and video. The curriculum includes a seminar for physical expression through mime, aimed at freeing both the mind and body.
Courses common across the Dept.
Students from all fields of the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design will work in groups to formulate a project, organize ideas through research, and develop their communication and collaboration skills through a number of tasks concluding with a final presentation.
In the first term (term A), students will learn about the world-leading cultures of modern China and South Korea as well as the latest news from the art world. In the second term (term B), ambassadors and culture secretaries from various embassies will discuss the culture and history of their respective countries.
In addition to art, students will learn various aspects of modern culture such as cartoons, anime and games.
Students will comprehensively learn the basic theories and skills required to work in the TV or video industry.
Students will deepen their understanding of theories and techniques they learned in the second year. Each seminar is treated as a project for many people to see, taking the form of an exhibition, art event, concert or public performance.
Courses common across the Dept.
This course gives students the chance to take lessons in courses from other fields in the Dept. of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design. Students can expand their range of self-expression by gaining experience in specialized areas in other fields, such as video shooting and editing, photo shooting and processing, three-dimensional expression using stuffed toys, and three-dimensional expression with weaving, dyeing, or knitting.
Students will organize a multidisciplinary art event based on the theories and techniques that they have acquired during their first three years.
Specialist courses for AP students
Students will call upon everything that they have studied in the past four years to create an art production.
Collaborative research into art productions either in groups or with students from other fields is also possible.
The AP course can open the door to a wide variety of career paths after graduation, including curator in charge of education promotion, curator in charge of public relations, and educator in museums; coordinator in social education facilities; curator in commercial galleries; art director; drama producer; music producer; lighting professional; video producer; game producer; arts editor; cartoon or manga editor; school teacher; artist; actress; adventurer; and many more.
Of course, you can also continue on to a graduate school to engage in deeper and more specialist research.
However, it is not simply education for employment that we are striving for. We are aiming to utilize the field of art production to mold our students into people whose mere presence in the workplace brings joy to people around them.
We do not wish for you to stay within the existing occupational boundaries, but to enjoy your four years here in preparation for a life which surprises us all and brings a smile to the face of many people.
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