Doctoral Program


The Doctoral Program in Art and Design aims to provide training for researchers and creators capable of conducting original research with highly academic knowledge in art and design and possess technical competence. It also seeks to foster world-class experts from constructing theories to creating art.

Ten candidates are accepted each year for the Doctoral Program. Two main areas of studies are ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Design’.

The program in Fine Art covers basic aspects of creation, appraisal and appreciation, institution and history. In this program, efforts are made to unravel concepts of beauty in visual or fine art as a product of human cultural activity as well as creating it by a multifaceted approach in areas from philosophy to experimentation and production of it. The program in Design, on the other hand, aims to impart highly specialized education in the fields of information, visual communication, spatial analysis, environment, planning and protection of cultural sites. In addition to its fundamental and theoretical research, the faculty puts emphasis on interdisciplinary studies such as the creation of new industries for products through design, environment protection, new networking technologies for media, welfare design, and spatial analysis.

In the first and second year, Doctoral students are reqUired to take ‘Special Seminar in Fine Art I and II’ in the program of Fine Art, or ‘Special Seminar in Design I and II’ in the program of Design. These seminars are designed to have students prepare for the presentations for academic conferences and journals by instruction and evaluation given by professors. In the third year, a dissertation needs to be submitted, which will be reviewed by a dissertation committee. Upon completion of all the work, a PhD. in Art or Design will be granted. The Award of Excellence will be given to students who demonstrate superior research performance.



Doctoral Program in Art and Design