About Global Art Practice – Curriculum

◆ Main Curriculum:

1. Global Art Practice

Through our Global Art Joint Curriculum, we collaborate with the world’s top art schools to offer practicums in both Japan and the partnering country. Classes in these unit programs are taught primarily in English. In the 2016-2017 academic year, TUA will partner with University of the Arts, London, Central Saint Martins and École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. There will be lectures, research, workshops, work production and presentations based on the themes of each unit.

The processes and results of the Global Art Joint Curriculum will be updated in real time on the GAP website, as well as exhibited in Japan and France.


2. Global Art Social Practice Lecture

In this series, we will invite world-class art professionals and leading experts in the field of contemporary art to teach seminar-style courses and forums on important issues surrounding social practice in a global context. There will also be opportunities for students to meet individually with guest professors.

A multifaceted approach to understanding the global context builds a foundation for empathizing with the opinions of others. Through these processes, we help develop the students’ ability to expand their sites of activity, and engage in discussions and presentations, while respecting each other’s individuality.

Guest professors in 2016-2018 includes Alfredo Jaar, Yongwoo Lee, Wang Hui and Marek Bartelik.


Social Practice
Social Practice

3. GAP Practice

Japan has undergone a distinctive process of modernization, and as its only national art university, TUA has cultivated a dynamic tradition and techniques in the field of fine art. This unique course encourages reflection and critical insight on modernization and tradition through practice. Elective courses in 2016-2018 include woodworking, urushi, textile dyeing, washi/woodblock printing, glass, metalworking, programming, and performance.


GAP演習 木工
GAP演習 ガラス

4. Japanese Culture in Practice

TUA is a leading institution in the preservation of cultural property. In this practicum, students will have the opportunity to study research methods that integrates tradition and contemporary techniques, gain knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of the world, and learn the various developments in the field of cultural preservation and its significance today.


5. GAP Kobiken Research Trip

Kobiken (short for Kobijyutsu-kenkyu meaning “classical Japanese art research”), a research trip to the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara, is a long-standing tradition of the TUA curriculum. As a part of this trip, we have organized a special research stay for GAP students, focused on Yamaboko Jungyo at Yoiyama preceding the Gion Festival—one of the three largest festivals in Kyoto.


6. Introduction on Art in Japan

Students may enroll in special elective lectures on the Japanese aspects of painting, sculpture, craft and design. Lectures are taught in English by TUA faculty who are leading researchers in their respective fields.