Voices of Students

Sayaha Takahashi

Theory of Art, Junior
Born in Mie

Q. What are you most interested in now?

I am interested in the management of contemporary art. The expression of art today is diversified and sometimes crosses over into various areas. I am trying to acquire broad knowledge to become a person capable of proposing a new relationship between art that is constantly renewing itself and society by taking classes in in other Schools at the university, such as cultural studies, philosophy, and sociology, in addition to the Art Environment Support Area curriculum.

Q. What do you like about the School of Art and Design?

I like that I can extend my interests while getting involved with lessons and engaging with students from other fields of studies. Things you learn from the beginning, such as learn the basic operations of graphic design software and how to use single lens reflex cameras, give students of the School of Art and Design skills that can be used in various situations later on. Also, I often make new discoveries while talking to students of other fields of studies who create art and hearing opinions from different perspectives.

Q. What are you passionate about outside of your studies?

I travel to Tokyo by Tsukuba Express and bus to visit various museums and galleries to see their works. Also, since the fall of my second year, I interned at a gallery in Tokyo and have gained practical experience in the field. I will study abroad for a year at an American university in my third year by taking advantage of the study exchange program, and plan to do an internship at a local gallery. I cherish spreading my wings and venturing out of university with the knowledge I have gained here.

Ayana Ichikawa

Fine Art, Senior
Born in Kagawa

Q. What are you most interested in now?

I am interested in printmaking. Because I had worked on oil painting until two years ago, and have only a little experience with printmaking, there is a lot to learn about this art form. Expressing the charm of printmaking in my work is much more difficult than I had thought it would be, and I cannot yet do printmaking as I wish. However, I often discover its charm and potential by chance during my work, which provides me with a series of interesting challenges. I hope to take advantage of these in my printmaking work, to create attractive works without being restricted by limited modes of expression.

Q. What do you think about your fellow students at the School of Art and Design?

Most senior students are very service-minded. Although many things are new to me in producing works and in my classes, and I sometimes find them hard to understand, senior students always teach me kindly and easily. My fellow students and I motivate each other in various aspects of our studies, and their presence makes my university life more fruitful. They are actually quite enjoyable peers. Such senior and fellow students are really encouraging to me in my university life.

Q. What are you passionate about outside of your studies?

I am in a student group where I am enjoying light music. It is not easy to have it both ways: studying at the School of Art and Design and participating in a student group. However, I can interact here with students who are not studying art, which is an advantage of the University of Tsukuba. I can learn things related to their studies and even become involved with people whose attitude is completely different from my own. Although the differences between others and me can often be a source of awkwardness, working together on new tasks is a new experience and a good influence on me.

Kei Narita

Communication Art and Design, Senior
Born in Chiba

Q. What are you most interested in now?

Currently, I’m consumed by a project for the LED Festival in Tokushima. The project involves more than simply creating a piece of artwork, so it offers me a good opportunity to think about the relationship between art and society. By meeting and getting to know various people at school, you find opportunities to join in a wide range of events. I cannot say precisely what makes for a good or bad experience, but my time here at the University of Tsukuba is what is making me who I am now.

Q. What do you think about your fellow students at the School of Art and Design?

I am living close to the school, so I have an opportunity to get to know many different people. I can talk to them about my work, and about private matters, and they are very important to me. In the School of Art and Design, students and teachers are so close that you can learn even when you are not in class. Being near people who can understand and relate to one another has helped me in many ways.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to say?

Since many students at the university are studying in schools other than the School of Art and Design, you can learn many things outside your specialization. There are also many interesting shops near the University of Tsukuba, which make not only school life but life in Tsukuba very attractive.

Yuma Aki

Design, Senior
Born in Tokyo

Q. What are you most interested in now?

Research into my thesis. I’ve been interested in alleys ever since I was a kid. They are deserted during the day, but light up and come alive at night. I wanted to know more about these mysterious spaces, so I made them the subject of my thesis.
I am glad that I am in an environment where I can learn basic knowledge about architecture and cities from my studies and experiences, and deeply research a subject that I’ve been interested in for a long time.

Q. What do you like about the School of Art and Design?

The people studying different fine arts in the School of Art and Design. It has been very stimulating to talk with everyone and be creative without any barriers. Generally speaking, in a specialized field, everyone is separated in their faculties and departments, but the School of Art and Design, as a group, offers an environment that enables mutual learning among people of various specialized fields and I feel that it will be a great asset in the future.

Q. What are you passionate about outside of your studies?

My part-time job at an architecture office. There’s a bit of a difference between the knowledge I learned at university and what I need to know in the workplace. Since you cannot know how to use your education until you actually apply it in society, I am trying to study while gaining practical experience to acquire living knowledge and not just book knowledge.