086SculptureProgram DescriptionThe program concentrates on three-dimensional expression that reects present diverse society, and aims to foster artists, researchers, and educators of the future.In the rst and second years, students mainly learn basic skills and theories of sculpture by practice under thoroughly individual guidance. The juniors and seniors study specialized techniques and applications of the basic theories while receiving individual instruction in advanced courses. Additionally, through the lectures given by acclaimed artists and critics in Japan and the world, students will explore creativity leading to new expression and nourish multidimensional understanding of the complex relations between creativity and society.Art History, Art Theory,and ConservationProgram DescriptionAs a program for theoretical studies in the Department of Fine Arts, this program serves to oer research and education in art history and theory (Japanese and Western art history, contemporary art, and aesthetics), and conservation theory in cooperation with studio art programs. The program provides students with the foundations to be art historians, museum curators, art critics, art journalists, and specialists in art conservation.In the rst two years, students learn basic art history and theory (Japanese and Western art history, contemporary art, aesthetics, and conservation theory), and basic studio art skills (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and so on). Learning foreign languages is also important in the years along with reading books on a wide diversity of subjects. In the Comprehensive Seminar in Art, students receive research guidance from all teachers of the program, and have to present their research on their theme. Also, extensive courses in the program, such as Asian Art History, Cultural Property Conservation, History of Modern Sculpture, Art Management Theory, Topics in Image and Symbol, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Culture, ensure that students can expand the eld of their study according to their interests.In the third year, students will be taught mostly in a small seminar for specialized studies. Subjects include original text reading and cultural property conservation research. In the Japanese Art History Travel course, sophomores and juniors visit old temples and museums in Nara and Kyoto to appreciate Japanese classic art. Also, the Project Study course for juniors encourages them to establish their academic attitude and methodology for the preparation of their graduation thesis, through research on thematic literature and o-campus survey.In the fourth year, students must decide their specialized area of research and complete their graduation thes is under the instruction of their faculty sponsors.DesignProgram DescriptionDesign brings creative abundance to our daily lives. It provides beauty and comfort for things, places, spaces, and information in response to the times and social needs.This program covers four areas of design: visual communication design, product design, environment design, and media design. The curriculum includes the study of design methodology and theory. It revolves around building design concepts that could correspond to people’s diverse life styles and advanced technologies, and acquiring practical skills to realize the concepts. Aimed at cultivating comprehensive abilities, the program is intended to teach the basic concepts and practical skills of design. In addition, lectures by experts in various areas and eld trips to their workspaces will allow students to further their professional knowledge and skills.In recent years, the importance of design has grown with the movement from industrial-based to information- and recycling-based societies. In response to the movement, the program attempts to investigate, from an aesthetic viewpoint, methods and techniques in various elds of design that could contribute to the creation of a new culture.CeramicsProgram DescriptionAmong industrial arts and designs, ceramics is the one familiar to Japanese in their daily lives.The university’s Ceramics program enjoys the benet of its location ideal for the creation of ceramics. The nearby cities, Seto, Tokoname, and Mino, have long traditions of ceramics carried by various excellent techniques. Taking advantage of this favorable location and outstanding facilities of the university, the program inquires the ways ceramics are in harmony with daily life, and fosters individuals who will actively contribute to the inquiry. With“ you no bi” (functional beauty) as an education philosophy, the program pursues the potential of ceramic materials and freedom of expression in works for not only daily or architectural use but also any other applications. The program provides students with the basics of ceramics, renes their individual abilities, and strives to foster leaders in the next generation.