The Art and Design Degree Program (Doctoral Programs) aims to foster individuals exhibiting high-level knowledgeability and professional ability in art and design, while conducting independent research and creative activities; and, to share their work with the world as researchers and high-level professionals acceptable by international standards in a broad range of divisions from theory to production.
Through this program with the fixed enrolment of seven participants (including specially selected adults), students will conduct basic research on a range of aspects of art such as creation, evaluation, system, history, etc. They will work on the elucidation and creation of the “beauty” of art, generated as a product of human cultural activities, by taking a multifaceted approach from pure theory to experimental production in figurative arts (fine arts).
Meanwhile, in the field of visual and environmental design, students undertake highly sophisticated instruction based on the perspectives of information, vision, space, environments, design, conservation, etc., while developing research that strengthens interworking/interdisciplinary approaches with adjacent related fields including new-industry creation, environmental conservation, media-technology networking, welfare design, spatial construction, etc. in addition to basic theories.
The entrance examination system takes the form of presentations by candidates to be evaluated by all teachers.
In the first and second years of the three-year curriculum, students will cultivate their ability in order to present research at a conference and to contribute a thesis, by taking subjects such as “Art and Design, Special Practicums I, II. Graduate students and their teacher gather together to present about the progress of their research and to evaluate them.
In the third year, students submit a doctoral thesis, and may graduate with a Ph.D. in Art and Design, if successful in the examination at the thesis committee. The doctoral programs feature an open, collective advice system such that the Review Committee for Interim-presentation of Doctoral Dissertation is open. Furthermore, any students achieving excellent research results are awarded the “Excellent Research Prize”.
The Doctoral Programs also support student submissions to academic journals so as to ensure the level and accumulation of research results achieved through this degree program. “Society of Art and Design”, in which many teachers of the art and design fields of the University of Tsukuba participate, and “Journal of the Society of Art and Design” (twice-yearly) both of which have been established outside the university will serve as a reliable support for writing a doctoral thesis.