Master’s Program


The Master’s Program in Art and Design aims to provide training for those pursuing a career in art with higher skills and practical design and application abilities, who could play the leading role in society, by providing curriculum in a wide spectrum from theoretical studies to actual production of art work. It also aims to provide re-education for those who are already working in society.

Two main fields of studies are:
– Fine Art (consists of 6 areas)
History of Art, Art Environment Support, Western Style Painting, Japanese Style Painting, Carving and Modeling, and Sho-Calligraphy Art
– Design (consists of 8 areas)
Plastic Art and Mixed Media, Craft, Constructive Art, Visual Communication Design, Information Design, Product Design, Environmental Design, and Architectural Design

Course work is given that is relevant to each area of study. Students in the program could also choose to take relevant courses that are given at other schools in the university or other programs in different fields of study.

All master’s students are required to take at least 30 units; 6 units of common courses in the field and 24 units of specialized courses in each of the areas (including 3 units of special seminar and 3 units of special researches). In addition to course work, a master’s research project (a thesis, art work and thesis, or art work and research report) has to be completed and pass the review. Upon completion of the master’s project and course work, a Master’s Degree in Art or Design will be granted.

Master’s project will be exhibited at Tsukuba Museum of Art each year and the summary will be published in “Kogaishu.” The University of Tsukuba Art Award will be granted for outstanding research. Those who will continue their studies in the Doctoral Program at the Tsukuba University after completion of their Master’s work will be exempted from the enrollment fee.

Plaster Room

Plaster Room

Master’s Program in Art and Design