AcademicsGraduate Schools

School of Arts

  • Master's Program

A Comprehensive Examination of Art Theory and Practice Befitting a Major University

The Graduate School of Arts offers two courses, Music and Fine Arts and Design, which provides the theory and practice of artistic endeavors in different fields to nurture specialists with high skills. Both courses utilize the full resources of the university to provide a comprehensive and broad-ranging research program that spans multiple fields in exploring modern-day topics such as art and design, environmental issues, art management and art therapy in the digital age of advanced technology and instant access to information. The two courses include common components such as the compulsory General Arts Studies subject and twice-yearly presentations of research papers in autumn and spring.

Note: Details are subject to change.

Course of Music

Personalized Individual Tuition to Develop Researchers, Educators and Performers with Highly Specialized Skill Sets


The Course of Music provides a combination of academic and practical research into music and associated domains that provides future researchers, educators and performers with a deep knowledge and appreciation of human artistic endeavor in the context of the totality of human activity. The curriculum is predicated on music research and music research performance and includes an expansive selection of elective subjects in the fields of musicology, applied musicology and music performance and composition studies and related fields. Graduates are encouraged to make use of the many opportunities to showcase their research results to the wider world such as research presentations to academic organizations, music competitions and concerts and recitals. Performance subjects conclude with a formal recital.

Admission Policy

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Music, namely, the nurturing of multifaceted researchers, educators and performers equipped with an expansive and deep academic appreciation for their fields. It is also committed to providing specialized knowledge and an awareness of the demands of a diverse modern society.

Key Research Topics

  • Variation of vowel formants in vocal music
  • NIRS observation of recognition of the advantages and disadvantages of clarinet sound—scales performance and musical performance
  • Examination of characteristics in composition of Pieces de viole (Marin Marais), in particular the prelude
  • Benefits of music therapy with respect to activation of the prefrontal cortex
  • Study of Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich)

Course of Fine Arts and Design

Nurturing New Types of Specialists Who Will Lead in Arts and Culture


The Course of Fine Arts and Design is split into two parts, fine arts and design. The curriculum is broadly divided into a production component, which examines the creative processes involved in producing works of art and a theory component, which focuses on artistic expression and design concepts. In addition to specialized subjects, the curriculum includes a number of dedicated fine art and design subjects that actively engage with research topics at the interface between fine art and design and are common to both fields. The Course aims to nurture the ability of artists to inspire aesthetic emotion, while at the same developing skills and qualities as researchers, educators and above all leaders capable of actively promoting the arts and culture in a wide range of settings in modern society.

Admission Policy

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Fine Arts and Design, namely, inculcating leadership skills and the ability to drive the arts in society from the perspective of artists, researchers, instructors and educators, in terms of the pursuit of artistic expression that incites aesthetic emotion, the discovery of research that produces new value systems, promoting the arts and culture, and researching creative education for the next generation.

Key Research Topics

  • Production of paintings-expression in oil painting
  • Study of visual expression in video imagery and video artworks
  • Study of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and the sustainability thereof
  • Examination of “personalization" products and sorting out “personalization" design techniques