School of Art and Design

At the School of Art and Design at the University of Toyama, we aim to cultivate human resources who can develop the results of art and culture throughout society, through our distinctive integrated education system, wherein students focused on practical skills study alongside students focused on theory.

Open-Course System with Minimal Boundaries

Starting with the 2020 academic year, we began to start Open-Course system, which can be integrated more effectively. Each fields has an established recommended list of classes to be taken in order to learn that field's specialties, but students are allowed to take all classes, based on their own personal objectives. (Please note that there are restrictions on some classes, due to limits on classroom facilities, etc.)

Fine Arts Field
Contemporary Art

Fine arts visualize the imagination

The Fine Arts course fosters artists who will be able to contribute to the artistic expression of the 21st century. Students can study a variety of subjects in a combination of their choosing, including pictorial art (Japanese-style painting and oil painting), sculpture (Japanese urushi lacquer modeling, conventional modeling, wood sculpting, and metal modeling), installation art, media art, public art, and mixed media. Students will develop their observation skills, modeling skills, power of expression, and practical skills, abilities necessary for pursuing artistic activities.

Craft Field
Metal Crafts/
Lacquer Crafts/
Life Crafts

Crafts starts with manual skills

Crafts starts after students study the fundamentals of the aesthetics and skills unique to Japanese craftsmanship by acquiring craft material knowledge and manual skills. Japanese urushi lacquer craft, woodworking craft, metal craft, and product design faculty join together to develop students' artistic sense, design skills, production techniques, and modeling skills, all of which are necessary for creating things.

Design Field
Craft Design/
Visual Design/
Product Design

Clear Concepts to Solve Regional Problems and Offer New Value

In the Design course, students develop the ability to create clear concepts, alongside practical design skills. To do this, they collaborate with local businesses and governments through a number of project-based classes that aim to address actual concrete problems faced by the region. This course cultivates human resources who pursue the inherent nature of things, investigating the relationships between people and things, ideas, spaces, and information to create designs that fit modern lifestyles, as well as human resources who can apply both traditional industrial techniques and cutting-edge techniques with the proper balance to provide new value.


Creating Times and Places that Weave Together History and Natural Features

The Architectural Design course includes exhaustive education in a broad field of topics covered in standard architectural departments, such as building design, interior design, theory and history of architecture, urban and landscape theory, building construction, environment and equipment, material engineering, and more. In addition, the Architectural Design course uses tradition and innovation as a framework for students to learn about, and serve as successors to, the history and culture of the region, studying processes that unify art and engineering, as well as theory and practice, as a way to study architecture. Students spend as much time as they like on bringing ideas to life, such as building full-scale models or performing their own measurement surveys to plan out the details of how to revitalize machiya townhouses. The skills acquired through these projects help cultivate human resources able to work in fields from interior design to urban and environmental design, taking advantage of the thinking skills, planning skills, and presentation skills, developed through this course.

Exam Admission Eligibility Qualifications Available: Qualified Architect of the First Class, Qualified Architect of the Second Class, Registered Architect for Wooden Buildings Further Certifications Available in Related Fields: Information Processing Engineer, Construction Management Engineer, Real Estate Broker, Interior Planner, Interior Coordinator, Licensed Strata Management Consultant, Intellectual Property Management Skills Test, Color Coordinator, Housing Environment Coordinator for Elderly and Disabled People, Condominium Renovation Coordinator

Curation Field
Art Management/
Community Building/
Utilization of Cultural

Building and Enriching Communities through Art and Traditional Culture

Creating New Value through Connections ー This is the Heart of Curation

“Curation” refers to the techniques needed to pick out information and items of value from a variety of sources and materials, then organize, edit, and present it, based on systematic knowledge. By using an original point of view to connect people, things, and regions with one another, it is possible to create new value within regional society. As modern society faces the serious issue of regional revitalization, it is through curation that solutions will be brought together.

Regional Society Needs Curators

The word “curation” originally comes from “curator,” referring to a specialist at a museum. Nowadays, however, curation extends far beyond museum collections ̶ it is a way of thinking that has spread to education, IT, business administration, and many other environments. Curation skills can be developed by studying specialized fields such as the history and theory of art and cultural properties, as well as exhibition techniques, cultural policy, and designs that make use of regional landscapes or traditions. We cultivate human resources with the curation skills to increase the appeal of a town, region, or society, through art, traditional culture, and more.

We Can't Wait to See Your Contributions to Building a Rich Regional Community

The Curation course is perfect for people more interested in discovering and learning about an area's background than in producing things on their own, as well as for people passionate about community-building and regional development. Graduates of the course have gone on to use their specialties working for local governments, mass media, businesses related to traditional industry and tourism, galleries, and more. In addition, students interested in further study may continue to our graduate program.

Media Art/
Engineering for art and design/
Literature/Performing Arts

The intersection of different disciplines creates a new artistic field.

The interdisciplinary field is an area where various disciplines that cross art and science intersect to pioneer new artistic expression and manufacturing from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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