Three majors make up the programs of study in the Department of Fine Arts: Painting, Sculpture and Art Studies. The goal of these majors is the study of fundamentals in the formative arts.
The Painting Major is divided into two fields: oil painting and Japanese painting. Going beyond oil painting and Japanese painting as the groundwork for study, these majors also explore expression through printmaking, images, and installation art, thereby expanding the possibilities of formative expression.
The goal of the painting curriculum is to foster the development of artists and educators who can widen the scope of creative expression and activity within society today.
The principal objective of this major is to develop the creative potential of each student. By the end of the first semester of the third year, students have acquired basic formative techniques utilizing a variety of raw materials such as stone, wood and metal. They also gain experience in casting techniques and terracotta.
The remainder of the course is dedicated to practical training which prepares students for presentation of projects based on their individual themes. Eighty percent of the graduates pursue higher studies in graduate schools and participate in exhibitions and international exchange programs outside the university campus, thus demonstrating the school’s high standard of education.
Responding to social demand and each student’s academic interest, this major strives to inculcate in individuals a profound understanding of art history and philosophy, which enables them to contribute to the cultural development of the world. The faculty members, specializing in aesthetics, art studies, Japanese and Asian art history, and Western art history, provide students with an educational framework which satisfies interests in philosophical, theoretical and historical studies. Opportunities for acquiring practical techniques are arranged throughout the four years of study to promote deeper understanding of artistic activities based on creative experience.