Tama Art University

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Tama Art University
Tama Art University (Hachioji Library).jpg
Motto in English
Freedom and Will
TypePrivate art school
Affiliation  ICSID
ChairmanNobuto Fujitani
PresidentAkira Tatehata
Academic staff
146 full-time
439 part-time[1]
37.78 acres (15.29 ha) (Hachioji campus)
3.98 acres (1.61 ha)(Kaminoge campus)[4]
Colors     Blue
NicknameTamabi, TAU, Tama

Tama Art University (多摩美術大学, Tama bijutsu daigaku) or Tamabi (多摩美) is a private art university located in Tokyo, Japan. It is known as one of the top art schools in Japan.[5]


The forerunner of Tamabi was Tama Imperial Art School (多摩帝国美術学校, Tama Teikoku Bijutsu Gakkō) founded in 1935. It was chartered as a junior college in 1950 and became a four-year college in 1953.


Hachioji Campus
  • Hachioji Campus (Hachioji city, Tokyo)
    Faculty of Art and Design and Graduate School of Art and Design (most of the departments are located on this campus)
Kaminoge Campus
  • Kaminoge Campus (Kaminoge, Setagaya-ward, Tokyo)
    Headquarters office, Faculty of Art and Design, and Graduate School of Art and Design (Department of Integrated Design and Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance)
  • Seminar House
    • Mt. Fuji Foothills Seminar House (Yamanakako, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi)
    • Nara Antiquities Seminar House (Nara city, Nara)



Faculty of Art and Design[edit]

  • Department of Painting
    • Japanese Painting Course
    • Oil Painting Course
    • Printmaking Course
  • Department of Sculpture
  • Department of Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
    • Ceramic Program
    • Glass Program
    • Metal Program
  • Department of Graphic Design
  • Department of Product and Textile Design
    • Product Design Course
    • Textile Design Course
  • Department of Environmental Design
    • Interior Design
    • Architecture Design
    • Landscape Design
  • Department of Information Design
    • Art and Media Course
    • Interaction Design Course
  • Department of Art Science
  • Department of Integrated Design
  • Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance
    • Scenography Design Course
    • Drama and Dance Course

Graduate School of Art and Design[edit]

  • Master's Degree Course
  • Doctoral Degree Course

PBL courses[edit]

Research institutes and facilities[edit]

Tama Art University Library at Hachioji Campus
Tama Art University Museum near Tama-Center Station
3331 Arts Chiyoda in Akihabara

International joint projects[edit]

Pacific Rim[edit]

Since 2006, students from both Tama Art University and Art Center College of Design who study in the field of design have collaborated on the Pacific Rim Project. The Pacific Rim Project focuses on global issues such as environmental protection, natural disasters and related topics over the course of a 14-week program. The Project is based on collaborative research, the results of which are summarized and shared via public exhibits.

CMTEL (Color/Materials/Trends Exploration Laboratory)[edit]


Banana Textile Project[edit]

Day-see Program[edit]

List of presidents[edit]


Notable current and past faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Art and Design[edit]

Issey Miyake, Japanese fashion designer
Firoz Mahmud, visual artist and educator

Entertainment and communications[edit]

Cooperation with other institutions in Japan[edit]

ARTSAT Project[10][edit]

Tokyo 5 Art Universities Joint Graduation Exhibition ("Gobidai-ten" Exhibition)[11][edit]

Art Universities Liaison Council[12][edit]

Comprehensive joint agreement[edit]

Credit transfer agreement (Consortium of Universities in Hachioji)[13][edit]

Regional collaborative projects[edit]

  • Tama Rivers
  • Sagamachi Consortium
  • Hachioji Academic City University "Icho-juku"
  • University/High School Collaboration Lectures
  • Community gallery "Tamabiba"
  • Art Laboratory Hashimoto

Art events/exhibitions[edit]

Alumni association[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "教員組織". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  2. ^ "2014年度 収容定員と入学者・在学生数" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  3. ^ "2014年度 収容定員と入学者・在学生数" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  4. ^ "大学基礎データ". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  5. ^ "Tamabi". Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  6. ^ "Academic Programs". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  7. ^ "大学概要:沿革". Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  8. ^ "多摩美術大学 卒業生たちがつくったもの。高橋士郎". Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  9. ^ "naoto fukasawa brings integrated design program to tama art university". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  10. ^ http://artsat.jp/en/
  11. ^ http://www2.tamabi.ac.jp/cgi-bin/pro/gw/?id=3
  12. ^ http://www.geidai.ac.jp/news/2013121712742.html
  13. ^ http://www.tamabi.ac.jp/research/community.htm

Further reading[edit]

  • Minato, Chihiro and Yasuhito Nagahara et al. Sozo-sei no uchu [創造性の宇宙], Tokyo: Kosakusha, 2008. ISBN 978-4-87502-413-2
  • Suzuki, Akira and Chihiro Minato (eds.) Tsukuru toshokan wo tsukuru [つくる図書館をつくる], Tokyo: Kashima Shuppankai, 2007. ISBN 978-4-306-04484-5

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°36′51″N 139°38′12″E / 35.61417°N 139.63667°E / 35.61417; 139.63667