Located in Nara City, the institute was set up as a base for exploration of the outstanding examples of Japanese ancient art and architecture found throughout the region. Students are able to observe restoration and preservation projects, as well as participate in research relating to Japanese cultural assets. Teaching also takes place at the center. Overnight accommodation is provided.
The center offers training in artistic photography and a wide range of photographic techniques. Technical support is provided for students and staff wishing to use photographs and photographic technique as part of creative and research projects.
GACMA stores important documents from all through the history of the Tokyo University of the Arts, starting with its establishment as the Tokyo Fine Arts School in 1887 to its current form as the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as other materials related to its history, donated by faculty members, alumni, and other affiliates of the school.
The items are not only valuable for the history of the school, but also integral in understanding the history of modern and contemporary art in Japan.
In addition to maintaining and managing the materials handed down to us, we aim to be a center where research activities utilizing these materials take place.