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Global Art Practice (MFA course)


 Global Art Practice was established in April of 2016, as part of the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA). GAP aims to develop research and human resources with a global focus on social practice in contemporary art, while expanding alternative networks and mutual relationships across borders. With courses taught in English by internationally acclaimed artists and world-class experts, GAP offers a flexibly structured, innovative program, enabling graduate students to fulfill their roles as leading artists and researchers.

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Global Perspective
To build a global perspective that transcends geographical conditions and borders.

Multi Perspective
To gain diverse viewpoints, approaches and understandings of the world by learning various perspectives.

Discourse and Hand
Discourse and the hands as the two foundations for thoughts.

Collaborative Learning
Independent as well as collaborative learning.

Main Curriculum

1. Art Practice

Global Art Joint Project
Through our Global Art Joint Project, we collaborate with the world’s leading art schools to offer practicums in both Japan and the partnering country. For the 2018-2019 academic year, TUA partners with University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins(CSM) and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris(BAP). There will be lectures, research, workshops, work production and presentations based on the themes of each unit.
The processes and results of the Global Art Joint Curriculum will be updated on the GAP website.

2017 London Unit
Complex Topography: The Pavilion held as part of Folkestone Fringe in parallel with Folkestone Triennale 2017.
Complex Topography

2017 Paris Unit
The Whole and The Part held in parallel with Tokyo Suki Festival 2017.

2016 London Unit
Complex Topography: Movement and Change held at Ritsurin Garden in Kagawa Prefecture as part of Setouchi Triennale 2016.
Complex Topography: Movement and Change

2016 Paris Unit
INVISIBLE: In the Eye of the Double Spiral at Château de Chambord.
Invisible: In the Eye of the Double Spiral

GAP Seminar
GAP faculty members offer seminars and special lectures based on their respective specialized fields.
Started in 2018, ‘ Thinking Using Your Hands ‘ is a seminar where students explore materials and techniques in clepth through object-making.The seminar succeeds the format of GAP practice (woodworking, urushi, textile dyeing, washi/woodblock printing, glass, metalworking, programming, and performance.) which was held until academic year 2017.Through a distinctive process of modernization in Japan, TUA has cultivated a dynamic tradition and techniques in the field of fine art. This course encourages reflection and critical insight on modernization and tradition through practice.

Graduation Work and Research
Second-year students work on their graduation works, either acombination of artwork and an essay or a thesis. Students set their own goals and work to achieve these goals, as well as present outputs worthy of a degree in master’s level.

Graduation Works and Show in Fiscal 2017
TUA・GAP Graduation Show 2018

2. Art Communication

 Art Communication course aims to cultivate the communication skills necessary for each student to engage in cultural exchange and creative practice in a global context. Students learn English language skills at their own level, in addition to preparing and presenting their portfolios in English, and reading and discussing texts on theories that are relevant to contemporary art history.

3. Social Practice Lecture Series

 In this series, we invite world-class art professionals and leading experts in the field of contemporary art to offer seminar-style courses and forums on important issues surrounding social practice in a global context. We also offer opportunities for students to meet individually with guest professors.

 A multifaceted approach to understanding the global context builds a foundation for empathizing with the opinions of others. Through these processes, we help develop the students’ ability to engage in discussions and present their views, while respecting each other’s individuality.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Academic year 2016:
Dr. Marek Bartelik (art critic, art historian, poet)
Hou Hanru (curator)
Wang Hui (Chinese thinker)

Academic year 2017:
Alfredo Jaar (artist, architect, filmmaker)
Gim Hongsok (artist)
Shuddhabrata Sengupta (artist, curator)

Academic year 2018:
Song Dong (artist) *scheduled in autumn 2018.

4. GAP Kobiken Research Trip

 Kobiken (short for Kobijyutsu-kenkyu meaning “classical Japanese art research”), a research trip to the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara, is a long-standing tradition of the TUA curriculum. Students take preparatory lectures about Japanese antiquities such as architecture and buddha statues, followed by the research trip including special admissions, to certain buildings and gardens which are closed public. The research trip provides students with an experience of detailed observation that goes beyond more appreciation beyond mere seeing.

5. Introduction to Japanese Art

 Students can take special lectures by prominent scholars in respective fields, which will explore the particular aspects of Japanese culture such as painting, sculpture, craft and design.