AUA’s Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts was created for students who want to bring about meaningful social change through a “transdisciplinary” approach to art research. This approach allows students to combine aesthetic techniques acquired during undergraduate study with new realms of knowledge, drawing not only from the traditional artistic disciplines, but also from non-artistic fields such as IT.
The Transdisciplinary Arts program is led by instructors who are actively engaged in the fields of art and design. Students can gain practical skills and hands-on experience while acquiring the knowledge, techniques and perspectives necessary to carry out this unique form of art research.


◎Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts~Course of Transdisciplinary Arts

  • Capacity: 10 students per academic year
  • Course term: 2 years
  • Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts
  • Course of Transdisciplinary Arts


Specialty Instructor Name
Social Design Prof. Seiichi ONOBORI
Visual Art Prof. Hideyuki ODA
Art Project Prof. Hiroshi FUJI
Project-Based Art Prof. Shigeaki IWAI
Product Design Prof. Ryūsuke IMANAKA
Art History Prof. Shōko SHIMURA
Urban Studies Prof. Kenta KISHI
Information Science Prof. Kōji IIGURA
Visual Media Assoc. Prof. Kenichi HAGIHARA
Art Management/Curation Assoc. Prof. Hiroyuki HATTORI
Art Anthropology  Assoc. Prof. Toshiaki ISHIKURA
History of Science/Cultural History  Prof. Etsuo SHIRASUGI
Philosophy/Anthropology  Assoc. Prof. Taisuke KARASAWA

Admission Policies

Ideal candidates will have:

1. A desire to pursue and explore new forms of artistic expression;
2. An ability to combine local and global perspectives;
3. A willingness to work with others while engaging in individual research and production

◎Course Objectives

Upon course completion, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

1. The ability to explore new forms of artistic expression beyond the bounds of existing frameworks, while drawing upon a variety of fields and disciplines;
2. The ability to formulate concrete solutions to complex problems through artistic and design methodologies which take into account current trends and regional differences;
3. The ability to provide articulate criticism and evaluation of modern artistic research and practices through a global perspective.


◎ Application to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the Establishment of the Graduate School (Japanese Only)
1. 設置の趣旨及び必要性
2. 設置の趣旨及び必要性 資料
3. シラバス

◎ Promotional Materials (Japanese only)