Global Seminar is a program devoted to developing your intellect and ability to advance as an artist or curator. To help achieve your goal, our program is designed for you to acquire a broad knowledge that will guide you in starting your career. By seeing the big picture and grasping what is going on all over the world, you will have a wider perspective while accumulating unique research of your own.
The whole program— from lectures to discussions with guest lecturers— is held in English, which is a fundamental skill in the global art scene.
We ensure that you can make the most of your time at Global Seminar learning and discovering, to take a great leap into the world as an artist or curator.
A program with small class sizes
In order to promote a special educational program with small class sizes, each year up to 5 students will be accepted.
Through research trips abroad, students can experience the mood around the world
We will carry out research trips to Kyoto, Tokyo, and abroad and visit renown museums, galleries, and artist studios to understand the mood of locations around the world.
An assemble of internationally active guests; strengthening of English skills
Approximately six times throughout the year, we will invite guests to give intensive lectures, mainly world-leading international and domestic artists and curators. Since these international lectures will be in English, we aim to strengthen language skills.
Focusing on the future, an emphasis on studying Asian art
Not only limited to Western and Japanese art, we also emphasize the study of art history, social history, and traditional culture, etc.. of the Asia-Pacific region.
Fostering abilities to survive the age
In order to survive this post-internet age, we foster the abilities to collect information, carry out survey and research, compile knowledge and give presentation through common research and projects.
Mami Kataoka, founding director of Global Seminar and also Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, President of CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art), shares her view of what Global Seminar aims to achieve.
For those wanting to be an artist on the international stage, no “golden method” exists to reach that goal.
But it is also true, as Mami Kataoka explains from experience working with many internationally acclaimed artists, that many share similar trends in their career paths. Kataoka shares introductions from students that demonstrate many different ways of being an artist through these illustrations. One never knows what the future holds after graduation. However, the experience from Global Seminar generates valuable tools to survive in the world.
Nicholas Joseph Locke
Born in the United States of America. From his childhood, Locke has been interested in photography and the art of literature such as poetry and novels. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York (SVA), he studied abroad in Japan, due to his interest in the country’s language. In KUA, Locke is working on his own research and production with the theme “Photo Conversation”, while acquiring qualifications to become a curator.