Master’s Program in Art and Design Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Until now, the graduate education in art and design at the University of Tsukuba has been composed of the Master’s Program in Art and Design (an independent 2-year program) and the 5-year Doctoral Program in Science of Art and Design, Comprehensive Human Sciences. However, these programs were restructured in 2007 to create the new Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences which offers a 2-year Master’s Program in Art and Design and a 3-year Doctoral Program in Art and Design in a combined format of first and second stages.

The first stage of the program, the Master’s stage, has capacity for 60 students, including 20 specially selected nontraditional students. Students who complete the program and pass the final examination can acquire a Master’s degree in either Art or Design. In this first stage, research and study is conducted in each area, but the entire program is roughly divided into two fields – Fine Art, and Design. “Fine Art” is composed of six areas: Art History, Art Environment Support, Western-Style Painting, Japanese-Style Painting, Carving and Modeling, and Sho-Calligraphy Art. “Design” is composed of eight areas: Constructive Art, Plastic Art and Mixed Media, Craft, Visual Communication Design, Information Design, Product Design, Environmental Design, and Architectural Design.


The University of Tsukuba is a “novel concept” university, established in 1973 in Tsukuba Science City, with roots as one of Japan’s oldest schools founded in 1872.

Research and education in art and designarebased in a college in the southern part of the university’s vast campus; and as an organization of the university,it is part of a richly interdisciplinary educational environment.

The founding philosophy of the University of Tsukuba is as follows: “As we tirelessly respond to changes in contemporary society, we will continue to develop operational organizations as well as new, abundantly cosmopolitan, diverse, and flexible functions for education and research.” Under this philosophy, the graduate school organizations in art and design have been reorganized and expanded a number of times; accordingly, in 2006, the Graduate School

of Comprehensive Human Sciences Master’s Program in Art and Design was established and has continued to the present day.

I am sure that for many people this name conjures up images of broad visions, interdisciplinary knowledge, and holistic human capability. This is precisely what we wanted to emphasize when this graduate program was established. The University of Tsukuba’s active participation in international academic exchange in research also makes it a highly respected university.

We wish for the students of the Master’s Program in Art and Design to absorb this rich environment, which is unique to this university; in addition, deepening their expertise in art and design, we hope that they will receive a well-rounded education and acquire the skills to strengthen humanity, having the capacity to solve their problems and acquire the skills for evolving creatively.

April 2018

Sadatoshi Naito, Chairman of Master’s Program in Art and Design

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