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Faculty of Art and Design

Faculty of Art and Design

Kyoto, where our university is located, has two faces; it is at once traditional and avant-garde. Our Faculty of Art and Design covers almost all areas, including the fields of fine art, contemporary art, graphic design, animation, manga, film, fashion design, jewelry design, interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, theater, and literature. In addition, we offer research programs in fields such as art production and historical heritage.

Available Degree : Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Japanese Painting Course

History-rich Kyoto is an excellent venue for creating and studying Japanese painting and for obtaining traditional materials. In this course, students work to develop a 21st century Japanese painting while reproducing classical works from the temples and shrines of Kyoto by hand and studying the brushstrokes of the masters. While considering classics is important, students are encouraged to seek new, modern forms of expression given their modern influences. Also, using cutting-edge materials sciences, students learn to appreciate the outstanding materials of the past and conduct research for putting them to use in their own work. Students also work together with traditional craftspeople in Kyoto to create the highest-quality contemporary painting materials (natural mineral pig ments and paper) and tools (brushes), and submit proposals for designing exhibition spaces for the medium.

Oil Painting Course

Oil painting has evolved with the progress of visual science and technology. The Oil Painting Course not only pro vides acquisition of traditional painting techniques, but it is a course to pursue what expression in oil paint ing means in contemporary times, while understanding the relationship between appreciation and me dia. Besides the full-time teaching staff, artists and curators are invited from outside the school to give lectures in order to provide education to support great sensitivity and originality. We nurture artists combining skills of compilation, presentation, and communication through critiques, discussion, and workshops.

Contemporary Art and Photography Course

This course was launched to pursue to the utmost the power of art to live in contemporary times. The orientation is a workshop of theater of the absurd played by all members, guided by professor Miwa Yanagi. Through the guidance of Tadashi Ono, students from abroad gather for photography practice using largeformat cameras and to participate in a photo research project on Kyoto. Students learn to express themselves in writing through lectures of art history and thesis writing by Mariko Takeuchi. From second year, lectures indispensable for artists today, such as video presentation and composite photography using CG, and programming exercises to link device and sensor, are held. The potential of each student is carefully brought out.

Textiles Course

The entire course is based on a mastery process wherein students first use their hands and then reflect, gradually building experience. Students first learn traditional dyeing and weaving techniques and then attain practical knowledge regarding natural dyeing, yuzen dyeing, and nishijin weaving during workshops. Students learn about cutting-edge technologies through collaborative programs with a wide range of designers and manufacturers: with the cooperation of top brands such as SOU·SOU, students learn to craft textiles with professionals. Students are made aware of social issues such as recycled textiles and the reactivation of local industries, and they will be able to examine the topic in various fields of society with a holistic view of the textile industry.

Mixed Media Course

In this course, students learn the techniques and expression of sculpture, three-dimensional art, and ceramics using a diverse array of materials such as clay, wood, metal, plaster, plastics, and ceramic. In addi tion to the Three-Dimensional Art, Ceramics, and Ultra Factory workshops, this course uses a mixed-media laboratory system that provides opportunities for our students to experience various creative fields. Students receive guidance from different types of instructors, including leading contemporary artists such as Kohei Nawa and Kenji Yanobe, in addition to experts on materials and techniques. Artists who are willing to challenge expression in a new range are nurtured through interaction with society, such as collaborating with traditional restaurants in Kyoto or exhibiting at outdoor sculpture exhibitions.

Department of Manga

Is it possible to teach manga at university? We confront that question and teach students to live passionately through manga. Frontline professionals in the field of manga teach students basic manga creation skills, methods of structuring frames, techniques for creating attractive characters, and methods for crafting compelling stories. Providing instruction in fields linked to manga, we invite lecturers from different fields so students can construct original perspectives and develop wide-ranging stories. We nurture artists who can search update technology and information, and play an active role in all fields of society using manga as a tool for communication.

Department of Character Design

Character design is about understanding people and cultivating one’s humanity at the same time. From animation, illustration, 3D modeling, planning, sound, CG, game designing and so on, students learn from the basics of creation to practical techniques of various fields. By continuously operating several industryacademic collaboration projects at the same time, students are constantly conscious of society and can grow an objective point of view.

Department of Information Design

This department, studying design mainly in visual communication, is constructed of two courses: Information Design Course and Illustration Course. We emphasize “design that connects with society,” and not only do students learn expressive techniques such as graphic design, illustration, video, printmaking, and 3D modeling, but we also focus on training communication skills, the ability to think, and creativity. While great changes are occurring in the social structure due to an explosive amount of information, the lack of borders, and globalization, we nurture artists who are willing to work with a broad vision that goes beyond existing fields, so that “design” can take root in the real society and enable people to make their lives better.

Department of Product Design

Product design is used to create all of the manufactured goods and systems that we use, from syringes to cars. This program focuses not only on standardized, mass-produced industrial goods, such as appliances, cars, and consumer electronics, but also on products closely associated with our everyday life, such as household goods and furniture. Students learn the specialized techniques for entire product design process from making product concepts to creating mock-ups. By industry academic collaboration projects with the international design firm Hers Experimental Design Laboratory, Inc. students gain experience in the professional design world. This program leads students to the professional through the individual curriculum tailored to the characteristics of each student.

Department of Spatial Design

Energy, calamity, community, local industry, and isolated society—with these various issues, Japan is a “developed country with new problems.” In this department, students will learn ways to solve issues close to themselves, one by one, through designing space and fashion. They will learn to present beautiful solutions that many people can identify with by perceiving the essence of the social issue in a creative way, instead of leaving it to politics and economics. Design is not just decoration. We believe that “by dispatching beautiful solutions from Japan, a developed country which has new problems, we can contribute to other countries in the world with the same problems,” and pursue the ideal of social design (design aimed at solving social issues).

Department of Environmental Design

At the Department of Environmental Design, we seek design that raises quality of life and realizes the rich and beautiful relationship between humans and the environment. The greatest feature of this course is that students get to comprehensively study all fields related to forming the environment, such as architectural planning, interior design, landscape design, and community development. While studying the foundations required for qualification examinations of first and second-class architecture, landscape gardening work operation, and management engineering, students also acquire design techniques and expressive styles and learn the sense to conceive the all round environment or space. Instead of shutting themselves in their own specialized field, we nurture students to become artists with a wide global view and to contribute to creating a beautiful environment, using their outstanding artistic sensitivity.

Department of Film Production

The department consists of two courses: Film Production Course and Film Acting Course, and all faculty members are active, leading specialists from the world of film. Directors such as Banmei Takahashi, Kaizo Hayashi, and others join students each week to work on films as a group, and actors such as Ryushi Mizukami and others directly instruct students in acting. The department’s location on the Takahara Campus boasts the tools needed to perform video recording, lighting, and sound recording, and includes a film studio equipped with an editing suite and a pre view room. Students experience the world of professional filmmaking through participating in the Kitashirakawa-ha projects, which enable them to make films with professional actors and crew for screening in commercial theaters. Based on an idea that film is a panacea, the department believes that not only technique, but also imagination is fundamental to film as a collective art, and aims to nurture talents who have unifying power.

Department of Performing Arts

This department consists of two courses: Directing and Acting Course and Stage Design Course. While focusing on course classes chosen at the time of enrollment, students take classes from the other course and learn everything related to performing arts: acting, dance, production, choreography, play writing, stage design, lighting, and sound effects. They learn the basics of performing arts in their first and second years, and in the third and fourth years, they deepen their studies in the field of their major. Students acquire practical techniques and ability as performing artists through classes and public performances at fully equipped theater facilities on campus such as Shunjuza or studio21.

Department of Creative Writing

At the Department of Creative Writing, students learn to express themselves in words through novels or poetry, interviews, reportages, essays, scripts, criticism, and book/magazine editing. In first year, students learn broadly about art and culture, and thoroughly acquire the basics of reading and writing. In second year, they deepen their knowledge of literature and editing, and learn various forms of written expression. From third to fourth year, they decide their specialized field and while working on their main project, such as writing a novel or editing a book, and practically prepare to go out and participate in society. We aim to nurture students who are capable of written expression using rich Japanese, and who can comprehensively grasp art and design. We also hope to foster interest and appreciation, as well as the spirit of art criticism in a broad sense, and hope our students can become pioneers of a whole new field of representation.

Department of Art Studies and Cultural Production

The Art Studies and Cultural Production Course goes by the name of ASP and aims to nurture talented students who cherish communication and can produce rich communities by mediating between arts and people. To identify the pleasure in connecting artworks and people by introducing those works to society in the best way, the curriculum teaches students not only the art history and theory which are needed to appreciate art, but also various experimental and practical projects to enable them to learn importance of co-operative works and on-site capabilities. The department has produced a new type of producer and leader in the arts who can connect people and society with art.

Department of Art and Child Studies

We create the “future for children” and “society from now.” While training sensitivity and expression at this art university, students will learn theories of education, nursing, growth, and child welfare, as well as be equipped for supporting children in general society. They experience internships at nursery schools and children’s houses, and aim to become professionals of nursing and preschool education with an artistic mind. At our school, we have PICCOLI, a local children’s library, and the Children’s Academy of Art and Education, an on-campus educational institution, as spaces to put education into practice. Students are able to create from a child’s point of view, through playing and reading their books to children, and through feedback sessions with children and mothers. We nurture students who can find beauty or humor in ordinary living, who have flexible ideas and design to solve issues in front of them, and people who will continue to search for ideal communication methods and better living.

Department of Historical Heritage

Material cultural assets (archeological data or paintings, sculptures, crafts, architecture, gardens, and townscapes) and abstract cultural assets (folk entertainment and religious festivals) have been accumulated ever since human beings began to live on earth. In this department, students learn methods of investigating historical records, expert knowledge in cultural assets such as paintings, crafts, living records, architecture, and gardens, as well as techniques of historic heritage preservation and application. The department covers two fields: conservation of cultural property and historical culture. In the former, we nurture students who can investigate material, structure, deterioration, and damage based on the historic position of the cultural asset, and who can research practical techniques or methods, and an environment for preservation. In the latter, students research on-site and work on their study to pass on historic heritage assets to future generations.