Tokyo University of the Arts

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Tokyo University of the Arts
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Former names
Tokyo Fine Arts School (東京美術学校, Tōkyō Bijutsu Gakkō) (1887–1949)
Tokyo Music School (東京音楽学校, Tōkyō Ongaku Gakkō) (1897–1947)
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (1947–2008)
TypePublic (National)
Established1887: founding of previous institutions Tokyo Fine Arts School and Tokyo Music School
1949: merger into Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music[1]
ChancellorKazuki Sawa
Vice-ChancellorKenji Watanabe
Academic staff
244 (2017)[2]
Administrative staff
152 (2017)[2]
Students3,294 (2017)[2]
Undergraduates2,020 (2017)[2]
Postgraduates1,274 (2017)[2]
Location, ,
CampusUeno Campus,
Senju Campus,
Yokohama Campus,
Toride Campus

Tokyo University of the Arts (東京藝術大学, Tōkyō Geijutsu Daigaku) or Geidai (芸大) is the most prestigious art school in Japan. Located in Ueno Park, it also has facilities in Toride, Ibaraki, Yokohama, Kanagawa, and Kitasenju and Adachi, Tokyo. The university has trained renowned artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, crafts, inter-media, sound, music composition, traditional instruments, art curation and global arts.


The university was formed in 1949 by the merger of the Tokyo Fine Arts School (東京美術学校, Tōkyō Bijutsu Gakkō) and the Tokyo Music School (東京音楽学校, Tōkyō Ongaku Gakkō), both founded in 1887. Originally male-only, the schools began to admit women in 1946. The graduate school opened in 1963, and began offering doctoral degrees in 1977. The doctoral degree in fine art practice initiated in the 1980s was one of the earliest programs to do so globally.[3] After the National University Corporations were formed on April 1, 2004, the school became known as the Kokuritsu Daigaku Hōjin Tōkyō Geijutsu Daigaku ((国立大学法人東京藝術大学). On April 1, 2008, the university changed its English name from "Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music" to "Tokyo University of the Arts."

The school has had student exchanges with a number of other art and music institutions such as École des Beaux-Arts (France), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), the Royal Academy of Music (UK), the University of Sydney and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Australia), the Korea National University of Arts, and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.


Department of Fine Arts[edit]

(Includes undergraduate and graduate school programs)

Department of Music[edit]

(Includes undergraduate and graduate school programs)

Film and new media graduate school[edit]

(only for graduate student)

  • Film production
  • New media
  • Animation


  • University Art Museum
  • University Library
  • University Orchestra
  • University Opera
  • Administration Office
  • Art Media Center
  • Center for Music Research
  • Geidai Art Plaza
  • Health Care Service Center
  • Institute of Ancient Art Research
  • Oversea Student Center
  • Photography Center
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Senior High School of Music
  • Sogakudo Concert Hall
  • Training Center for Foreign Language and Diction

Contact information[edit]





Faculty members[edit]

Film director Takeshi Kitano

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Admission Figures" (PDF). Tokyo University of the Arts. 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "II. Program Overview and Basic Philosophy | Doctoral Program | Tokyo University of the Arts Research Center". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  4. ^ "先端芸術表現科|Intermedia Art | 東京藝術大学 美術学部 先端芸術表現科|東京藝術大学大学院 美術研究科 先端芸術表現専攻" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  5. ^ Matsui Fuyuko, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, 2011
  6. ^ The 2012 Nomura Art Prize, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2012
  7. ^ MEXT scholar Carl Randall, The Japanese Embassy, London, 2012
  8. ^ Steven Heller, "Shigeo Fukuda, Graphic Designer, Dies at 76", The New York Times, 2 December 2007. Accessed 2010-08-31.
  9. ^ GotoJin official website(in Japanese)
  10. ^ Short biography of Hishida, Iida City Museum. (in Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-01.
  11. ^ "Exhibition (de)Tour by artist James Jack" NTU CCA. Accessed 2020-07-03.
  12. ^ Kōtarō Iizawa, Tōkyō shashin (東京写真) / Tokyo Photography (Tokyo: Inax, 1995; ISBN 4-87275-059-4), p.260; Sanjūroku fotogurafāzu: Kimura Ihei Shashinshō no sanjūnen (36フォトグラファーズ:木村伊兵衛写真賞の30年) (Tokyo: Asahi Shinbun, 2005; ISBN 4-02-272303-3), p.11).
  13. ^ Carl Randall Education History. Accessed 2013-10-24.
  14. ^ a b Biography of Shimomura, "Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures", National Diet Library. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  15. ^ 田宮俊作 (December 2001). 英文版田宮模型の仕事: Master Modeler Creating the Tamiya Style 英文版. ISBN 9784770028518.
  16. ^ Kazuko Sekiji (関次和子), "Tominari Tadao", in Nihon shashinka jiten (日本写真家事典) / 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000; ISBN 4-473-01750-8), p.223. (in Japanese)
  17. ^ Profile of Teshigahara at the image library of Musashino University of the Arts. (in Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-03.
  18. ^ Tokyo University of Arts Calendar · 2014 Collection of Modern masterpiece paintings (東京藝術大学カレンダー・2014 所蔵名品絵画 近代編), Tokyo University of Arts. (in Japanese) Accessed 2018-08-31.
  19. ^ Louis Frédéric; Käthe Roth (transl.) (2005). Japan Encyclopedia. Harvard University Press. p. 1023. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5. OCLC 58053128. Retrieved 2018-08-31.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Biography of Yokoyama, "Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures", National Diet Library. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  21. ^ Biography Archived 2009-08-18 at the Wayback Machine of Hirose, The International Shakuhachi Society. (in English) Accessed 2010-09-02.
  22. ^ "Japanese conductor Hiroyuki Iwaki dies at 73", USA Today, 13 June 2006. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  23. ^ Biography Archived 2010-10-27 at the Wayback Machine of Kondō, University of York Press. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  24. ^ Profile of Sawai, (in Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-02.
  25. ^ [1]
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  27. ^ Chronology of Taki[permanent dead link], Taketa City website. (in Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-03.
  28. ^ "Koscak Yamada", Naxos Records. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  29. ^ Biography of Yashiro, Naxos Records. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  30. ^ "Kenji Ekuan, designer of the classic soy sauce dispenser, dead at age 85". Japan Times. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  31. ^ "Kazue Kobata (1946–2019)". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  32. ^ Department of Metal Casting list of early instructors Archived 2012-08-01 at Accessed 2010-12-11
  33. ^ "Exhibition "Meio Saito and Flora's Temple"". Meguro-ku Sightseeing and Disaster Prevention Portal. 2019-09-29.
  34. ^ List of faculty members Archived 2009-08-15 at the Wayback Machine, Department of Inter-Media Arts. Accessed 26 November 2009. (in Japanese)
  35. ^ [2], Department of Oil Painting.
  36. ^ "RITSUKO TAHO Exhibition in Memory of Faculty Retirement LITTLE LUMINOUS FORESTS". 東京藝術大学. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  37. ^ Biography of Takamura, "Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures", National Diet Library. Accessed 2010-09-02.

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Coordinates: 35°43′N 139°46′E / 35.717°N 139.767°E / 35.717; 139.767