Name of university
Yokohama University of Art and Design
Name of faculty and department
Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Art and Design
School’s philosophy
Art education that cultivates the root of human’s creative activity is education in its most essential form.
Ⅰ Educational purpose
To cultivate a wonderful humanity and creativity among students and to raise future leaders who can contribute to the society, the college practices these 3 educational purposes.
  1. The acquisition of specialized expressive skills in art and design.
  2. The acquisition of theoretical knowledge of art and design.
  3. The acquisition of general liberal arts skills necessary for contribution towards society.
Ⅱ Educational Policy
  1. We encourage our students to acquire general knowledge and expressive skills with the help of enhanced education during the first year.
  2. Students are able to choose between several specialized fields flexibly through our cross-curriculum.
  3. We encourage our students to acquire a wide range of knowledge including general and specialized education in order to maintain a well-balanced education.
  4. The educational support program is available to aid each student by providing them with educational support.
  5. With the help of our enhanced career support programs each student is able to be provided with help and support needed for any job-hunting and career-related problems.
Ⅲ Diploma Policy
Yokohama University of Art and Design awards diplomas to students who satisfy designated course credits, and acquire 3 of the following skills,
  1. Specialized expressive skills in art and design.
  2. Theoretical knowledge of art and design.
  3. General liberal arts skills necessary for contributing to society.
Ⅳ Curriculum Policy
To accomplish our educational purposes, we organized a curriculum based on the following basic policies.
  • 3 different cross-curriculum models are designed; A type (painting, sculpture), C type (craft design) and V type (visual design) for students to acquire general knowledge and expressive skills of arts and design during the first year.
  • Students are required to take academic literacy, English I, Basic Digital Representation, Digital Presentation and Basic Visual Expression class during the first and second year in order for them to be able to study well and acquire certain results.
  • 8 course models; paintings, sculpture, craft, product design, textile design, visual communication design, visual media design and illustration are provided for students to choose from during the second and third year for acquisition of specialized knowledge and expressive skills of arts and design.
  • Context Art subject group is designed as specialized subject in the curriculum of second year in order to help students with the learning of practical skills of the specialized field mentioned in the course models above.
  • In the 4th year, students are required to produce art projects as their graduation work as a compilation of the studies done in respective fields.
  • General education and specialized education are designed in order for students to acquire a wide range of education and theoretical knowledge of arts and design from the first year through the fourth year.
  • Course to assist in acquisition of license for the position of a web master is provided from the first year through the fourth year.
  • Courses to assist in the acquisition of teaching licenses for middle school or high school art education are provided from the first year through the fourth year.
Ⅴ Admission Policy
In order to accomplish all of our educational purposes, Yokohama University of Art and Design seeks students who will strive to attain the following traits and use them to extensively contribute to society.
  1. Students who attempt to acquire general and specialized expressive skills in art and design.
  2. Students who strive to master a wide range of education.
  3. Students who aim to make use of the knowledge and skills gained to contribute to society.

School History

Yokohama University of Art and Design have been established by Tokiwamatsu Gakuen.
Tokiwamatsu Gakuen is a school located in Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, and it consists of Tokiwamatsu elementary, junior, and high school.

The school history started from Tokiwamatsu Private Girls School which was located in Sibuya-cho, Toyotama-gun, Tokyo (now Sibuya-ku, Tokyo) in 1916. First president is Ms. Suzuko Misumi who is known as the lyricist of “The Roots of White Fuji”.

Ms. Suzuko Misumi founded the former private girls school as intended to produce independent women committed to the word "a single violet on steel". Her founding spirit was inherited when a school building was constructed and moved to Himonya, Meguro-ku, 1947. Then, Ms. Haya Murotani, who was appointed as a chairman of the Tokiwamatsu Gakuen in 1961, constructed a school building located in Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi (now Aoba-ku), and founded Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Women’s Junior University in 1966 in order to establish of Art Junior University. Then, we have reformed and made progress along with the needs of the society, and our school renamed Yokohama University of Art and Design (Junior University) in 2001 and became coeducational.

Yokohama University of Art and Design, which was based on these achievements, was established in 2010 with an educational philosophy, which is "true art education is to cultivate the root of human creative activity". Our college aim to foster human individuals with an ability to capture the desire of needs of the society by sensibility and to contribute to the society with their creativity in the international city, Yokohama.

Tokiwamatsu Gakuen will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.
We will continue to improve and activate our education and research level, and to cherish ties with the local community. And we will be more active as an attractive college.

1916 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen founded
The founder: Ms. Suzuko Misumi
1966 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen's 50th anniversary
“Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Women’s junior college,
Department of Arts” founded in Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi (now Aoba-ku)
First President: Mr.Toru Sato
1992 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen’s 75th anniversary
1995 School name changed to “Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Yokohama Junior University of Art”Advanced courses founde (National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education accredited)
Tokiwamatsu Gakuen’s 80th anniversary
2001 School name changed to “Yokohama University of Art and Design (Junior University)”, co-educational system.
2010 “Yokohama University of Art and Design” founded (first accepting year and third year students)
President: Mr. Fuminori Haruyama
2016 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen’s 100th anniversary
Department name changed to “the Art and Design Department”
President: Dr. Nobuaki Okamoto