Fine Art Expression Course, Music and Fine Arts, Department of Educational Collaboration
Expressive artists with the ability to teach artistic creation
Music and Fine Arts Expression is comprised of two courses, the Music Expression Course and the Fine Arts Expression Course, in which students develop a deep understanding of and highly specialized skills in artistic creation in each area. The goal is to cultivate people who can engage in artistic expression with an education-focused mindset, who can eagerly participate in new education fields in the creation of new areas of education and sociocultural activities in collaboration with schools and local communities.
In contemporary art, the creator is required to decide and execute on their own what to express and how to express it. The Fine Arts Expression Course cultivates a line of sight for expanding one’s knowledge and education, and deeply searching for one’s own self, in order to figure out what to express. The question of how to express it is not something that can be thought about separate from the acquisition of skills. First, one must learn the basic techniques, continue to practice in one’s specialized field, and find one’s own unique mode of self-expression. In all things, we emphasize independence and student-tailored instruction made possible by small class sizes.
- Individual who has an interest in the arts, and wants to contribute broadly to the development of education, arts, and culture
- Individual who wants to use their strong skills of expression in specialized fields, obtained through the fine arts, to demonstrate teaching skills in the local community or a school environment
- Individual who wants to solve diverse educational problems using their excellent communication skills in collaboration with others
- Individual who seeks means of artistic expression in education and society through practical and sustainable activities
- Individual who, in today’s increasingly complex society, wants to pursue and understand the essence of art, which gives nourishment for living a full human life
Educational Goals 1
Reaching a world of artistic expression not constrained by frameworks
Students will not decide on their field of specialization soon after enrollment. During their freshman and sophomore years, they will take introductory classes in the fields of drawing, 3D modeling, and design, and they will take comprehensive molding workshops taught by artists who are active in fields that extend beyond those existing frameworks. Students will freely take fundamental education seminars in different fields in which they have an interest, will develop their knowledge and skills, and will start to settle on what they want to do as they practice. Starting in their junior year, students will be divided into specialized seminars focused on drawing, 3D modeling, or design. However, joint instruction will periodically be given by all of the Fine Arts Course full-time instructors to ensure that students’ ideas and expressions do not become too fixed within a narrow field of activity, and students will receive feedback on their work from broad perspectives that look across the boundaries of individual fields.
Educational Goals 2
An environment where students can concentrate on what they want to do
In Drawing, for example, there are rooms with lots of natural light and high ceilings, and defined individual spaces for artistic creation. In 3D Modeling, there are machines suited for different materials, and environments where students can use them. In Design, graphic creation labs essential for design work have been created. These can be freely used for creative pursuits once students are divided into their various seminars, of course, but they can also be used, with permission, outside of class hours by students not involved in those respective seminars. All of our instructors support the full use of these environments and encourage the creation of art in line with each student’s individual topic of interest (they can create what they want to create). There is plenty of exchange between students of different ages, as is typical of courses with small numbers of students, and there is a strong emphasis on both “teaching and being taught by” older and younger students alike.
Educational Goals 3
Feel and think about social connections, then create art
Students can take classes in which they can collaborate with students in other fields, such as Basic Workshop on Social Art Education Collaboration Activities, and can gain practical experience actively interacting with society. They learn their own role and their relationship with others in a world they have yet to experience, and they can deepen their thinking about artistic expression in society. All instructors support students in searching for ways they can use the specialized skills they have gained in society and in converting what they have found into a path forward after graduation. A flexible education system that strives to expand perspectives is a major advantage in helping graduates expand their potential fields of activity after graduation.
Areas of Study
Drawing, Design, Sculpture, Contemporary Art, 3D Modeling, Film, Photography