Course Modules

Curriculum Structure

◎Curriculum Policy

The basic structure of the Graduate School curriculum is intended to fulfill the following educational objectives

  1.  To enable students to pursue new forms of art by providing them with the opportunity to combine their own individual modes of expression with other artistic or non-artistic fields.
  2.  To foster students’ ability to collaborate on practical proposals based on art and design methodologies, while also taking into account social trends and regional differences.
  3.  To encourage the formation of new theories in emerging fields through transdisciplinary research in contemporary art, and the communication of research results to the broader society.

◎Introductory Course (2 credits)

The Introductory Course, known as “Start Up,” is a required, short-term course intended to familiarize new students with the research policies and general research direction of the Graduate School, as well as the basic research and production processes they will be using going forward.
In this course, students identify the skills necessary for graduate-level research as they work together on a set topic, fostering mutual understanding between team members as they acquire the proper attitudes for carrying out team research.

◎Transdisciplinary Arts Theory (6 credits)

In the “Transdisciplinary Arts Theory” courses, students gain the specialized knowledge necessary to put the expressive activities currently taking place in the contemporary arts fields into practice in the community and the larger society.

“Transdisciplinary Art Theory” is a required course in which students study the roles and conditions of “transdisciplinary” art at various stages, laying the groundwork for further theoretical development in the field. In order to acquire more applicative knowledge, students select 2 courses from the following 3 options:
– “Applied Transdisciplinary Art Theory A,” which concentrates on Art Management;
– “Applied Transdisciplinary Art Theory B,” which concentrates on Social Design; and
– “Applied Transdisciplinary Art Theory C,” in which students study the expressive potential of Transdisciplinary Art.

◎Transdisciplinary Arts Workshop (8 credits)

The required “Transdisciplinary Arts Workshop” consists of a series of 1-2-week intensive courses that allow students to master high-level cross-disciplinary artistic expression according to their individual specialties, as well as to develop the broad vision needed in order to carry their expressive activities forward.
The Workshop courses are organized into 4 groups, the contents of which are reevaluated as necessary in keeping with evolving social trends and technological innovations: “Research Study,” “Expressive Techniques & Methods,” “Publication & Dissemination” and “Planning & Execution”.

◎Transdisciplinary Arts Practicum (6 credits)

The “Transdisciplinary Arts Practicum” is a required set of three courses (TA Practicums I, II and III) in which students apply the various techniques studied in the TA Worskshop courses, as well as their own expressive potential enhanced through the Production Skills Workshop, in the local community. As in the TA Workshop, students will be grouped in teams of 3-4 as they carry out the Practicum.