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Joshibi University of Art and Design

Visual Design

The Concentration in Visual Design seeks to cultivate visual communication abilities by having students learn skills from a wide range of fields.

“Visuals" are extremely rich and effective methods of communicating within society. In the Concentration in Visual Design, the process of learning visual design techniques starts with “thinking”. Supported by this foundation, students then strive to acquire finer visual design skills, centered on two-dimensional graphic design. Students learn about various specialized design fields, such as typography, photography, illustration, video, and new digital techniques, while striving for creativity.
The goal of this concentration is to cultivate creators who are sensitive to the times, able to adapt quickly, and to participate in creating the future against the backdrop of today's increasing visual design diversification. Students consider themes from society and daily life, and learn about graphic design, advertising, packaging design, editorial design, television commercials, web content, animation, character design, and overall artistic direction.

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Media Art and Design

In the Field of Media Art and Design, students use cutting edge technologies to learn new media design and media art techniques for the modern age.

This field cultivates media creators who are sensitive to the times, and able to utilize their feminine sensibilities and gentleness with the latest technologies. Media creators include both “media designers”, who can create narrative animation, design characters, create content such as games, design advertisements, and produce films, and “media artists”, who seek to express themselves artistically through interactive works and art animation employing advanced technology. Through practical experience gained by working on actual projects involving companies and research labs, students gain an understanding of the creativity demanded by society, and work on their own expressive and creative activities, focusing on ideas and theory, while improving their skills. This course produces globally active media creators who lead the vanguard of art and design with their new and fresh modes of expression.

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Art and Design for Healing

Thinking about the "healing" society needs through both theory and hands-on experience, proposing new healing paradigms.

In the Field of Art and Design for Healing, students look at the "healing" needed in today's stressful society from the twin perspectives of art and design, discovering how they can interact with and serve society through both production and theory, such as art and design piece production, workshops, and hands-on projects outside the campus. They learn about healing-oriented art and design techniques through the creation of characters, picture books, stuffed animals, toys, murals, and computer graphics, as well as space design, workshops, and projects. They take part in collaborative work with public organizations and companies such as medical institutions and nursing care facilities, taking a proactive approach to both joint research and joint development. This field strives to produce people who, in studying healing and welfare, are able to produce high quality works using their own specialized abilities, and people with corporate skills, able to coordinate healing art and healing design for public spaces, sending them forth into society.

Environmental Design

In this concentration, students learn to plan and design the spaces that surround people, from interior decorations to street design and landscaping.

The objective of the Concentration in Environmental Design is the acquisition of the ability to plan and design the living spaces that surround us. Specifically, instruction is provided in the planning, designing, and coordination of areas from furniture and display design to interior design for stores, homes, and public spaces such as art museums, architectural design, and landscaping design for parks and gardens, as well as street/urban design.
The sensitivity of art students is harnessed through both classes for future prospective space designers and classes for students aiming for first- and second-class architect certifications. Students freely select and plan their own curriculums, tailored to their individual sensibilities and desires, in order to further develop specialization in environmental design. This course offers a degree of freedom unparalleled in other art and engineering universities.
Through this concentration, students develop their presentation techniques and their ability to take a wide view in their inquiries, in order to realize their dreams, while also acquiring real-world work skills through corporate training. Eligibility for certification examinations, such as architect certification examinations, can be obtained through the regular course of study required for graduation.

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Product Design

In the Concentration in Product Design, students gain flexible design abilities by conceptualizing, creating, and proposing products, from interior decorations to stationery goods.

Instruction is provided in product and planning design for furniture, interior sundries, stationery, accessories, interfaces, play products, living products, and more, with students developing flexible design abilities through hands-on experience and lectures focused on "thinking" (creativity), "creating” (technical skill), and “conveying” (expressivity).
Product design is design which creates “objects (forms, tools)” taking into consideration the “factors (lifestyle, environment)” that underlie the relationships between “people” and “things”. Our society, and our daily lives, are overflowing with “objects”. To create or propose new and valuable “objects”, one must sufficiently observe and consider the sensitivity, lifestyles, and environments of “people”, reflecting a deep understanding of the relationship between function (utility) and form (beauty) in ones ideas and creations.
The objectives of this concentration are for students to gain an understanding of the original meaning of "product design" through hands-on experience both on and off-campus, and to acquire skills in "thinking" (creativity), "creating” (technical skill), and “conveying” (expressivity), essential for product design, further polishing their own individuality and aesthetic sense, perfecting their individual design skills.

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Fashion and Textile

Students learn about fashion and textiles sought after by society, from the perspectives of both theory and practical experience.

Since it was founded in 1900, Joshibi has, through its fashion and textile education, continually conveyed sound skills and techniques to the next generation. This educational approach, with its emphasis on the connection between people and society, is carried on even today, 110 years later.
In the Field of Fashion and Textile students learn knowledge and skills related to the clothing, materials, fashion, and textiles sought after by society, and exercise that knowledge and skill in producing them. This field utilizes the perspectives and viewpoints women can bring to bear, creating fashion and textiles for children, and designing characters. In conjunction with local communities, art museums, and art galleries, students carry out projects such as growing cotton, cultivating dyes, and using them to produce clothing, and societally-oriented Design Center Projects (DCP) such as designing uniforms for medical institutions and educational institutions.
The goal of the Field of Fashion and Textile is to take a unique perspective in educating the next generation through fashion textile art and design research based on theoretical and hands-on experience with food, shelter, space, sound, words and letters, tradition and innovation, medicine, philosophy, psychology, ecology, and more.

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Sculpture

The Concentration in Sculpture transcends the boundaries of traditional sculpture to provide instruction in sculptural forms using various materials such as clay, paper, wood, stone, and metal.

In this concentration, in addition to working with traditional sculpture materials such as clay, wood, stone, and metal, students also explore other materials which can be used for three dimensional expression, such as paper, felt, and basketry, and produce free, creative works using woodworking equipment.
Students are exposed to a variety of materials used in expressing their creativity, polishing their aesthetic sensibilities and discovering their own means of self-expression.
During their first and second years, they learn the basics of three dimensional design, and in their third and fourth years choose the materials that suit them best, building their expertise and expressive abilities. Through classes such as "Sculpture Expression", "Art and Representation History","Survey of Sculpture", "Painting", "Design", and "Art History", a broad capacity for thought is cultivated in students. Students create new means of expression through their research into the essence and universality of art.

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Oil Painting and Printmaking

Students learn about a wide range of expressive methods, including oil painting, prints, mixed media, video, and installations.

During their first and second years, students learn the fundamentals of art in the form of art history (Western and Japanese), the fundamental practices of painting and sculpture, and art theory, as well as engaging in exercises related to techniques and materials.
Dedicated courses in this concentration are principally composed of "Painting A", “Painting B”, and “Expression”. In “Painting A”, students learn basic techniques, and use them in learning the fundamentals of painting, focusing on oil paintings. “Painting B” focuses on the techniques used to express themes or ideas. Students select materials, themes, and techniques that fit their own objectives in this unique class, in which they learn both theory and practice. “Expression” considers the elements of painting expression from a variety of angles.
From the second year, the concentration is divided into a painting course and a printmaking course, with students further researching and specializing in their field of choice. From the third year, these are further divided into even more technically specialized fields, and students continue their creative and research work. In their fourth year, students develop a methodology in accordance with their own themes, with an outlook on their future creative efforts, and work on their graduation pieces.

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Textiles, Ceramics and Glass

In this modern concentration, students engage in investigations into textiles (dyeing, weaving, and embroidery), ceramics, and glass, from traditional crafts to modern art.

The concentration covers the creation of works in five fields: dyeing, weaving, embroidery, ceramics, and glass, equipping students with creative and expressive skills suited to our modern age, from traditional crafts to modern art.
The Concentration in Textiles, Ceramics and Glass has students learn about both crafting and design, exploring the limits and possibilities of hand working and machine production, in order to mold them into flexible creators and designers capable of producing new and unique works. Students learn both techniques and knowledge, harnessing them as they gain the creative and expressive skills needed to produce works for our times. They also learn the value of patient hand-crafting while cultivating their own rich sensibilities. During their first year, students gain experience with craft materials and techniques (dyeing, weaving, embroidery, ceramics, glass), and in the second year they choose either the textile (dyeing/weaving/embroidery) course or the ceramics/glass course, further polishing their techniques while exploring the possibilities of their selected materials. From their third year, they engage in even more specialized study. This stepped curriculum, which spans courses, enables students to freely investigate new creative approaches.

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Art Produce and Museum Studies

In the Field of Art Produce and Museum Studies, students learn the techniques involved in producing exhibitions in a variety of art fields, such as visual art, music, and video.

In this field, students look at the arts -- music, drama, video, and, especially, visual art -- from the viewer's perspective, learning the basics of art exhibition production. Students learn, through theory and practical experience, the potential art has to contribute to society by bringing people happiness by sharing great works of art with the world.
Art does not consist merely of artists creating works; it is only when there are people to see those works that their wonder unfolds.
In the Field of Art Produce and Museum Studies, students learn that “exhibitions” are not merely places to hang paintings, but are holistic human spaces that appeal to the five sense. They learn through practice the skills needed to physically bring together expressive methods such as music, drama, video, and, especially, visual art, opening them to the public. The objective of this field is for students to ultimately stage a comprehensive art event, valuing the freedom of ideas, and learning through experience the fundamentals of art production, curation, and facilitation.

Art Theory and Practice

In the Concentration in Art Theory and Practice students learn various topics including art theory and the history of art while producing cutting edge modern art and engaging in various projects.

The curriculum in this concentration is focused on the three elements of modern art, art theory, and art history. The theoretical component of this concentration covers aesthetics and the history of art, as well as investigating modern thought, sociology, cultural studies, and more, from a wide range of perspectives. The practical component includes, of course, the creation of art works, but also extends to planning, operation, and implementation of art projects and workshops.
The most important element in this concentration is “thinking about art”. Expressed works are used as starting points for students to develop their own mental concepts, which are further clarified and polished through discussions. The decision of whether to submit a written thesis, or an art work or project, as ones graduation work, emerges organically from this thought process. In this concentration, theory and practice are not separated; instead, both are treated as important elements. Taking a proactive stance towards thinking about art is one of the most important attitudes when dealing with modern art. This concentration, with “thinking about art” as its foundation, involves the creation and dissemination of works and ideas, such as art works, projects, research, and theses, unbound by formatting constraints.

Japanese Painting

In the Concentration in Japanese Painting, students explore the potential of next generation Japanese-style painting through the study and creation of Japanese paintings, the reproduction of classic paintings, and the study of the materials used in Japanese painting.

Japanese painting was born of Japan's rich nature and culture, and supported by its long history and unique worldview. Students learn the spirit, traditional materials, and traditional techniques of Japanese painting, using them as a foundation from which to further cultivate their flexibility of thought and creativity. The concentration strives to value the rich resources of students, while utilizing their youthful sensibilities in creating a new generation of Japanese painting.
By reproducing classical, historical paintings, students acquire the spirit and classical techniques of Japanese painting. During the course of their Japanese painting material research, students make paper from the plant-harvesting stage, and learn mineral pigment grinding techniques and experimental production techniques for creating mineral pigments through rock granulation, expanding their perspectives on Japanese painting. The concentration invites lecturers from a variety of specializations, and gives students the opportunity to experiment with paper working, foil and kirikane (a traditional foil decoration technique), seal engraving, and other elements unique to Japanese painting. Students explore the potential of modern Japanese paintings, while taking an active approach towards their own creations, expanding their individual creative worlds.

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Art Education

This concentration develops art educators and art specialists who can contribute to our society.

One of the pillars of the spirit with which Joshibi was founded was the cultivation of art educators. Over the 110 years since the university was founded, it has produced countless art educators. The Concentration in Art Education embodies that spirit, cultivating art educators and art specialists who can go on to contribute to society. During the practical courses taken during the first and second years, students learn a wide range of fundamental expressive techniques in painting, sculpture, crafting, and design fields. During their third and fourth years, students choose which fields they wish to focus on, cultivating additional technical skills and specialized knowledge, with an eye towards their graduation projects. In addition to learning art history and art and design theory, students also learn about art education theory based on psychology.

Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design

Information Design Course

In this course, students learn visual communication theory and methods, and gain practical experience with media expression, including printing and Web media.

Visual communication refers to design whose purpose is to visually convey information necessary for societal life. In the Information Design Course, students gain an understanding of visual communication, learning about methodology while acquiring the skills needed by graphic designers and creators.
In the second term of their first year, students learn the fundamentals of information design through a variety of courses, from hands-on computer usage essential for design work, to graphic design, typography, information acquisition and analysis, editing, and more, and learn what it means to design information, and how to think about information design. Typography focuses on letter design and design education involving letters, from typographical printing to digital fonts.
In the second year, students pick specific information and media, gaining an understanding of the characteristics of their chosen media, and developing rich creative and planning skills as they polish their ability to create effective and expressive presentations.
This curriculum is oriented towards students who wish to become creators such as art directors or graphic designers.

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Creative Design Course

In this course, students learn new means of expression and design through three approaches: “space”, “textile”, and “media”.

The Creative Design Course tears down the barriers between fields, focusing on having students acquire the creative and expressive techniques shared in all design.
Students, unbound by the constraints of existing design and art fields, explore new design and expression from three approaches: “space” (the spaces in which we live), “textile” (the materials which surround us), and “media” (the range of expressive media).
Specifically, students learn a cross-section of expressive techniques through expression in various media, and materials such as fabrics, fibers, and dyes, engaging in dialogue as they create their art works. The curriculum's focus on new discoveries, experimentation, and handmade work provides students with a stockpile of design knowledge and ideas that they can call on, expanding their perspectives, ways of thinking, and expressive capabilities, free of the boundaries between fields.
This course does not merely hope that students will make new discoveries on their own, simply raising them into designers and creators in specialized fields, but instead strives to cultivate people who, based on their artistic education know-how, can be active in a wide variety of fields.

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Fine Arts Course

In this course, students learn about diverse expressive fields, such as oil painting, Japanese painting, printmaking, three-dimensional art and design, classical technique, and modern expression, and develop their own specialization.

The curriculum is composed of 1) comprehensive art and design education, 2) learning about the diversity of expressive methods, and 3) deepened specialization, based on a fundamental approach of learning from nature.
In the first year, students learn the basics of art and design through studies of the human form, landscapes, and still-lifes, across all courses. They then go on to seek the fields that best suit them individually through electives in two and three dimensional art fields.
During their second year courses, students take more heavily specialized elective courses, broadly divided into the two and three dimensional art fields. Two dimensional offerings include Japanese painting and printmaking in addition to oil painting. Students learn the diversity of expression each field offers, and deepen their level of specialization, seeking modes of expression tailored to their own individual characters. These electives are, as a rule, chosen on a per-course basis, making it possible when needed to create courses of study that span field lines. For example, if three dimensional art is chosen, the entire year can be spent in the creation of three dimensional works, but two dimensional art courses can also be taken, creating the potential for genre-crossing creative methods.

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Doctoral Degree Program

Fine Arts

Oil painting, Japanese Painting, Printmaking, Crafts, Sculpture

Art education has taken place amid a polarization of practical skills and study. But now, society demands creativity with new values. While the two fields supplement each other, a sharing of the stimulation that each provide is required. Theoretical research with hands-on creative experience is our approach to this situation. Today, when the borders of traditional genres of fine art continue to be broken, there is a desire for works that possess a theoretical and systematic philosophy. Based on this background, we conduct guidance with the objective of training practical-minded creators, employing both theory and creativity.
In the Doctoral Degree Program, each of the five fine-art research fields are treated in greater depth, using as a base the fruits derived from the master's programs. We nurture creators capable of transmitting new values to the world of fine art.

Design

Art and Design for Healing, Visual Design, Product and Environmental Design

Regardless of the historical period or location, design is formed amid its involvement with society. In the design research field, we aim to produce professionals who will take on leadership positions, such as designers, creators, researchers and educators equipped with a highly theoretical background. This is achieved through a fusion of the production of creative works and theoretical research that responds to a wide variety of needs.
The construction of various theories and methodologies in three fields – the interface of Visual Communications Design, the interactive and interrelations of Environmental Design, and the "intermind" of Art and Design for Healing - are experimented with, from basic to leading-edge areas.
Research in each of the fields involves large numbers of teaching staff, who are specialists in the fields, giving special attention to each of the students. Close communication is central to the instruction.

Art and Culture

Science of Color, Art History

The Art Culture Research Field encompasses the research fields of Science of Color and Art History. In both these areas, we aim to conduct research that goes beyond the fields' boundaries. While employing clear-cut methodologies, the objective is to nurture researchers equipped with flexible minds, which will enable them to collaborate in a range of different fields.
With Science of Color, knowledge that serves as a wide viewpoint and foundation serves as the base. Highly specialized research is conducted, from the psychological and physical standpoints of color systems and measurement, and from the psychological position of color emotions, color perceptions and color categories.
In Art History, we teach students the ability to accurately comprehend various types of records and books and to conduct research that incorporates new viewpoints and methods that have continued to develop in recent years, as we have inherited the fruits of research spanning many years. We also aim to produce researchers who possess a broad perspective, who can incorporate such things as the methodology of related fields such as social history and literary criticism.
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Master’s Degree Program

Art and Design for Healing

On the topic of healing in today’s society, students explore the necessity of social involvement and healing art by discovering themes from the fields of art and design, and then research them. They consider the relationships between healing and people’s lives, as the relationships pertain in real life to various public spaces, including medical and welfare facilities. Regarding the expressions, measures and media that healing seeks to achieve, students create works and study the theory behind them in the fields of visual-communication design, living-environment design, and expression through images and paintings.
In addition, through body work, students connect the "realization" obtained from art and environment with creation and research. At the same time, they carry out surveys, testing and analysis from the standpoint of medical science and color psychology. While advancing with their theoretical research, the students also examine ways of returning their knowledge back to society and of finding practical applications for it.

Media Arts

Students pursue expressions in media art, with the field's creativity and highly human nature. With the keywords of "information" and "communication," they use the latest information technology for artistic expression. Furthermore, connections with the real world are emphasized. Research is conducted on next-generation communication and technical applications in cooperation with research institutions and corporations. The program produces artists who express themselves and are capable of offering society various propositions.
As a tangible field of research, it comprises: video (video, animation, 3DCG), interactive (video games, participatory media art, the Web, robots), virtual reality (the "Cave" immersive VR system, real-time 3D) multimedia (digital sound and photography), installations (illumination, 3-dimensional forms, space performances, etc.).

Fashion and Performance

Clothes fulfill the roles of protecting the body and expressing identity, with a variety of meanings and significance. Students pursue the questions of why humans wear clothes and what clothes are really for. The Fashion Design Research Field considers and researches the general concepts of the body and clothing from various perspectives. The research progresses with theory and creativity. While taking a fresh examination of the connections of humans to space and humans to the environment, the students learn about the roles and diversification of clothing, how it is worn, and how its relationship with the human body should exist within society.
Additional activities are regional projects on Japan's traditional clothing and research with private companies on leading-edge textiles. While actively carrying out exchanges with people and items in other fields of fine art, the field aims to produce people who can plan and give expression to conceptual clothing.

Visual Design

Methods of communicating information have diversified through the development of science and technology. In today's world, with its high level of information, the significance of visual design has grown, and society demands perspectives from the view of global and universal design.
However, in terms of imagination - which is subjectively captured by designed items - being a single language, the language of design is turned into the foundation of a single universal language in the Visual Communications Design Research Field. Students explore whether their own originality can co-exist with various functions of visual transmission.
Research themes, established by each of the students, are examined within the Visual Communications Design Research Field. However, creation and research conducted in this field includes media that transmits visual information, such as publishing, advertising design, various design systems, art direction, poster production, illustration, photography and video, to image studies for the pursuit of expression of visual design.

Product and Environmental Design

Regardless of the historical period or location, design is formed amid its involvement with society. In the design research field, we aim to produce professionals who will take on leadership positions, such as designers, creators, researchers and educators equipped with a highly theoretical background. This is achieved through a fusion of the production of creative works and theoretical research that responds to a wide variety of needs.
The construction of various theories and methodologies in three fields – the interface of Visual Design, the interactive and interrelations of Environmental Design, and the "intermind" of Art and Design for Healing - are experimented with, from basic to leading-edge areas.
Research in each of the fields involves large numbers of teaching staff, who are specialists in the fields, giving special attention to each of the students. Close communication is central to the instruction.

Science of Color

There are two aspects to science of color. One is a psychological phenomenon that produces colors within people. Color is a sensation created by our brains from light that strikes our eyes. Since this is an individualistic psychological experience, it influences people's various psychological activities, including perception, memory, language, emotions and culture. The other aspect is principles that allow the production of colors. In order for the sensation of color to be produced in our psychological processing, the physical existence that becomes this principle is necessary. The creation of works is indeed the behavior that creates this key factor.
Studies in the Science of Color Research Field are conducted from the position of both the "psychological aspect" and "physical and optical aspect." Students further develop the knowledge and techniques of science of color they have already learned. Additionally, guidance covers specific fields in order to clarify individual themes even further.

Art History

This field is divided into Western Art History, Japanese and Asian Art History and Modern Japanese Art History. Each are approached from various viewpoints, such as era, analysis of artworks and commentary.
An acquisition of knowledge going deeper than the specialized research courses of Art Research and Special Art Culture Research can naturally be enabled by revolving the study around practical work, such as materials and techniques of expression. By coming into contact with the sources of artists' creations, students acquire a broad outlook and explore the history of art. In addition, students will be able to develop themselves into various activities in the future, as they can learn art history from both its theory and application. Examples include a Scientific Survey Practicum, which incorporates cutting-edge technologies such as optical analysis, and a Preservation and Restoration Practicum, in which students learn about preservation techniques that center around oil painting, woodcraft and embroidery.

Art Theory and Practice

" Art" or "practice of artistic representations" shifts with the times and society. Through the appearance of computers and new forms of media, the keywords of "era," "society" and "culture," as they pertain to art, have started to take on new meanings.
In the Art Theory Research Field, the major objective is to produce professionals whose conceptions are brimming with specialized knowledge and originality. Students pick up methods in cultural studies and move forward in their research in various representation fields, including painting and contemporary art. In addition, they consider tangible examples of ideas and performance art connected to art and society in the forms of curatorship and planning at art museums and exhibits.

Art Education

The objective of the Art Education Research Field is to cultivate senior high school art educators with advanced knowledge and technical abilities. Students learn the educational importance of art and art instruction methodology through both practical art creation and theoretical research. During the practical creation segments of this field, students acquire a broad range of specialized technical skills in a variety of fields in addition to the fields in which the specialized as an undergraduate. This establishes in them wide-ranging art interpretation and expression abilities. In the theoretical research segments of the field, students perform theoretical exploration of the essential significance of art education, and wisdom derived from artistic works regarding the effects of art on the troubled soul. One of the features of this theoretical research is that, in addition to typical art education theory, it also incorporates concepts of clinical psychology and psychiatry.