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Art History,Art Theory, and Conservation - Outline

Program Description

As a program for theoretical studies in the Department of Fine Arts, this program serves to offer research and education in art history and theory (Japanese and Western art history, contemporary art, and aesthetics), and conservation theory in cooperation with studio art programs. The program provides students with the foundations to be art historians, museum curators, art critics, art journalists, and specialists in art conservation.

In the first two years, students learn basic art history and theory (Japanese and Western art history, contemporary art, aesthetics, and conservation theory), and basic studio art skills (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and so on). Learning foreign languages is also important in the years along with reading books on a wide diversity of subjects. In the Comprehensive Seminar in Art, students receive research guidance from all teachers of the program, and have to present their research on their theme. Also, extensive courses in the program, such as Asian Art History, Cultural Property Conservation, History of Modern Sculpture, Art Management Theory, Topics in Image and Symbol, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Culture, ensure that students can expand the field of their study according to their interests.

In the third year, students will be taught mostly in a small seminar for specialized studies. Subjects include original text reading and cultural property conservation research. In the Japanese Art History Travel course, sophomores and juniors visit old temples and museums in Nara and Kyoto to appreciate Japanese classic art. Also, the Project Study course for juniors encourages them to establish their academic attitude and methodology for the preparation of their graduation thesis, through research on thematic literature and off-campus survey. In the fourth year, students must decide their specialized area of research and complete their graduation thesis is under the instruction of their faculty sponsors.

Admission Policy

The aim of this program is to develop researchers of art history and theory, museum curators, art critics, art journalists, and specialists in art management and cultural property conservation, through intense personalized teaching in small classes. The program seeks students who:

  • Have enthusiasm for appreciating and making art works.
  • Are deeply interested in such subjects as art history, contemporary art, aesthetics, and cultural properties.
  • Have flexible sensibility, logical thinking ability, and excellent language skill.