What is Local Related Education?

Toyama Prefecture, where the School of Art and Design is located, is known not only for the majestic Tateyama Mountain Range, which rises some 3,000 meters above sea level, but also for the Gokayama Historic Village of Gassho-style Houses (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition for “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals.” In addition, the city of Takaoka boasts a history of traditional industries such as metal casting and lacquering extending back to Japan's feudal era, as well as cultural properties that include Zuiryuji Temple (a national treasure) and two old townscapes designated as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Our Field Education system is designed to make the most of this rich setting, using the region as a campus. The School of Art and Design began life as Takaoka National College, and even back then we strove to take the lead nationwide in efforts like these. Over the past twenty-plus years, we have established an organizational system of cooperation with local governments, businesses, and municipalities. In addition to serving as an effective way to provide students with experiences, knowledge, and techniques that cannot easily be found in a textbook, Field Education also teaches a sense of responsibility and the ability to independently consider actions, which will help students develop their individuality.