About

Name of university
Yokohama University of Art and Design
Name of faculty and department
Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Art and Design
Educational Philosophy
Art education that cultivates the roots of creative activity is education in its most essential form
Ⅰ Educational Goals
TYokohama University of Art and Design has the following 3 educational goals in order to achieve the purposes of the educational studies which are described in the School Rules, Article 1 and 5:
  1. To obtain expressive skills and techniques specialized in Art and Design.
  2. To obtain theoretical knowledge of Art and Design.
  3. To obtain social skills and a broad education.
Yokohama University of Art and Design fosters human resources who can contribute to society in a creative way by achieving the above 3 educational goals.
Ⅱ Diploma Policy
Yokohama University of Art and Design awards a Bachelor of Fine Arts to students who have achieved the following 3 educational goals as well as obtained the predetermined credits:
  1. Expressive skills and techniques specialized in Art and Design
    Obtaining Specialized subjects 64 credits (including 6 compulsory subjects and 19 credits).
  2. Theoretical knowledge of Art and Design
    Obtaining Specialized educations (History of Art / Art theory) 10 credits and more (including 3 compulsory subjects and 6 credits).
  3. Social skills and a broad education
    Obtaining 20 credits and more of Liberal Arts (including 2 compulsory subjects and 4 credits).
Obtaining total 124 credits and more for graduation requirements.
By achieving these educational goals, students can obtain these skills according to the following table.
Yokohama University of Art and Design Competency Goals
  • Expressive skills and techniques specialized in Art and Design
    • Expressive skills
    • Creativity
    • Perspicacity
    • Information-gathering capacity
    • Pursuit skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Digital skills
  • Theoretical knowledge of Art and Design
    • Knowledge of history of Art and Art theory regarding Art and Design
    • Knowledge of techniques regarding Art and Design
  • Social skills and a broad education
    • Communication ability
    • Capacity to think logically
    • Problem solving skills / Independence
    • Career formation ability
    • Sense of ethics / Social responsibility
Ⅲ Curriculum Policy

Attitude of mind for Curriculum

Yokohama University of Art and Design has set the following attitudes of mind as a foundation in order to set Curriculum Policy.
  1. Encouraging students to obtain basic expressive skills and techniques as well as knowledge by completing first year education.
  2. Encouraging students to choose special fields flexibly from cross-sectional curriculums.
  3. Encouraging students to obtain social skills and a broad education by taking balanced courses in liberal arts and specialized education.
  4. Fostering students’ problem solving skills and independence through active learning of specialized practical training subjects.
  5. Encouraging students to obtain the essential digital skills (including using ICT, Information and Communication Technology) to express Contemporary Art and Design.
  6. Students’ graduation work and presentation will constitute the final evaluation for a course of study.
  7. Organizing 1~6 into 2 sections of Specialized subjects and Common subjects.

Curriculum Policy of Specialized Subjects (Each Year)

  • First Year:
    • 1) In order for students to master basic techniques and knowledge of Art and Design, we set up the curriculum in which students can take a main section and a sub-section by choosing from 3 Sections: Section A (Painting / Sculpture), Section C (Craft Design) and Section V (Visual Design).
    • 2) We set up Digital Literacy (Digital expression basics, Digital presentation, Visual expression basics) as a compulsory subject in order to obtain results by learning specialized subjects.
  • 2nd Year:
    • 1) In order for students to master specialized techniques and a knowledge of Art and Design, we set up 9 curriculum course models: Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Textile Design, Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Image and Media Design, Animation and Illustration.
    • 2) In order for students to have practical training in related courses and fields, we set up Context Arts subjects (Exercise).
  • 3rd Year:
    • 1) In order for students to master specialized techniques and knowledge of Art and Design, we set up curriculum course models: Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Textile Design, Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Image and Media Design, Animation and Illustration.
    • 2) We set up a curriculum model of Conservation and Restoration Course which makes 10 courses in total.
  • 4th Year:
    • In order for students to master techniques and knowledge in specialized fields, we set up a Study of Art and Graduation Work.

Curriculum Policy of Common Subjects (Each Year)

  • 1st~4th Year:
    • 1) In order for students to have a broad education and obtain a theoretical knowledge of Art and Design, we set up 8 subjects as General Liberal Art fields: First Year Education, Humanities, Society / History, Physical Education, Languages, Formative Arts, Media Representation and General Liberal Arts. The General Liberal Arts subjects include Career Education subjects.
    • 2) In order for students to obtain theoretical knowledge of Art and Design, we set up 2 subjects: Art Theory and History of Art as Specialized Education fields.
    • 3) We set up a Web Design practical qualification training course.
    • 4) We set up a Teacher-Training Course in order for students to obtain Junior High School Teacher’s License - Grade 1 in Art and High School Teacher’s License - Grade 1 in Art.
Ⅳ Curriculum Policy
To accomplish our educational purposes, we organized a curriculum based on the following basic policies.
  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.
Ⅴ Admission Policy
Yokohama University of Art and Design requires following candidates who have strong interests in Art and Design to achieve educational goals:
  1. People who strive to obtain the basic and special techniques in accordance with Art and Design.
  2. People who strive to obtain basic and special knowledge in accordance with Art and Design.
  3. People who strive to obtain social skills and a broad education.
  4. People who make a contribution to society in a creative way by using these techniques and a knowledge of Art and Design in the future.

History of Yokohama University of Art and Design

The Yokohama University of Art and Design was established by Tokiwamatsu Gakuen. Tokiwamatsu Gakuen also organizes Tokiwamatsu Gakuen elementary school, junior high school and high school in Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo.

The history of Tokiwamatsu Gakuen began with the Tokiwamatsu Private Girl School which was established in Shibuya-cho, Toyotama-gun, Tokyo (currently Shibuya-ku) in 1916. The first president was Ms. Suzuko Misumi. She is also known as a lyricist of “The Roots of White Fuji.” Ms. Suzuko Misumi established the Tokiwamatsu Private Girls School with the aim of educating girls to be independent with the expression of “a single violet with steel.” Her spirit of founding the school has been continued for many years and the school was established and transferred in Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo in 1947. Later, Ms. Haya Murotani was appointed to be the chairwoman of Tokiwamatsu Gakuen in 1961, and then established the Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Women’s Junior College, which was a 2-year-college specialized in Art in Kohoku-ku (currently Aoba-ku), Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa in 1966. Since then, the school has evolved and progressed according to the needs of society. The school’s name changed to Yokohama Junior College of Art and Design in 2001 and became coeducational.

Yokohama University of Art and Design is proud of the above history and was established with an educational philosophy which is “Art education that cultivates the roots of creative activity is education in its most essential form” in 2010. We aim to foster human resources who can make a contribution to society in a creative way as well as understanding the requirements of society in the international city of Yokohama. Tokiwamatsu Gakuen celebrated the 100th anniversary of it foundation in 2016. We will keep improving and activating our education and the level of study, as well as linking up with regional communities to increasingly become a creative university which appeals to society.

1916 Founded Tokiwamatsu Gakuen
Founder: Ms. Suzuko Misumi
1966 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen 50th anniversary
Established the Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Women’s Junior College, Department of Arts in Kohoku-ku (currently Aoba-ku), Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
First President: Mr. Toru Sato
1992 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen 75th anniversary
1995 Changed the name of school to “Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Yokohama Junior College of Art”
1996 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen 80th anniversary
“Tokiwamatsu Gakuen Yokohama Junior College of Art”
Opened major subjects (National Institution for Academic Degrees certified)
2001 Changed the name of school to “Yokohama Junior College of Art and Design”
Coeducation
2010 Established “Yokohama University of Art and Design”
President: Mr. Fuminori Haruyama
2016 Tokiwamatsu Gakuen 100th anniversary
Changed the name of the faculty to the Faculty of Art and Design
President: Dr. Nobuaki Okamoto