Tokyo University of the Arts

Geidai Power Creation Initiative: Only One Global Strategy

Project Summary

Enhance functions to nurture global human resources through the invitation of world's leading artist units and the establishment of international joint curricula. As a leading institution in East Asia, leverage the collaborative platform with overseas universities and organizations to nurture world's top artists and elevate "Geidai" to an internationally recognized brand. Carry out own global strategies and human resource development by utilizing artistic potentials of the Ueno region and working in line with the government's initiative "Global Capital of Culture, Ueno" for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Create a network of art and culture to gain a global recognition for the regional attractions of Ueno and develop the region as a global cultural capital.

〈 Future Visions for the Top Global University Project 〉

Future Vision 1

Play a leading role in global contributions and in creating/disseminating artistic culture, by leveraging Geidai-educated human resources with excellent skills, knowledge, creativity and identity.

Future Vision 2

Clarify and internationally disseminate the strengths and unique features of the university, and establish a more international presence.

Future Vision 3

Provide an international platform to communicate the value of the Japanese art culture through the introduction of art concierges served by the faculty and the students of Geidai.

Future Vision 4

Make Ueno a world largest art platform, and through the integrated art resources, establish a network of art culture in the global city of Tokyo.

〈 Strategy 〉

Global Art Joint Curriculum

Geidai students and faculty members are teamed up with École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, University of the Arts London, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, respectively, and visit each other to conduct a credit-awarding joint program. Students from each institution engage themselves in collaborative research and production leading up to a final presentation at an occasion such as an art festival.

Inviting Units of World's Leading Artists

Some of the world's top artists in the fields of art, music, and film and new media are invited from institutions such as École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, Royal Academy of Music, University of Southern California, École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, and Centre for Digital Media (Canada). They contribute to the diversity of Geidai's education programs by offering special lectures and master classes, as well as performing at a concert with Geidai students.

Arts Study Abroad Program

In their areas of specialization, faculty members plan and implement world-wide projects to offer practical learning opportunities overseas, where students participated in art/music festivals or international co-production with art-related universities. Participants can receive financial support from the university to cover part of their expenses such as flights and accommodations.

New Graduate Courses to Develop Global Leadership

In April 2016, the Graduate School of Global Arts was launched to offer a new master's course which aims to prepare students to become professionals who are capable of establishing a new relationship between the arts and society through the programs of art management, curation, and research. Furthermore, with an aim to produce world class artists, master's courses in Global Art Practice and Opera were also newly added to the Graduate School of Fine Arts and the Graduate School of Music, respectively.

Special Lectures by Global Leaders|Promoting Art-Culture Diplomacy

The learning environment and educational achievements that Geidai enjoys have been drawing attention of global leaders. In recent years, the university hosted some VIPs, including Prime Minister of Italy Mr. Matteo Renzi, who delivered a special speech on cultural exchanges between Japan and Italy, and Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Prime Minister of France (the current Minister of Foreign Affairs) and former mayor of the city of Nantes, who spoked about his experiences as a mayor who led various initiatives to revitalize the city through culture. Dutch Prime Minister Mr. Marc Rutte also visited the campus to have discussions with the Geidai president on partnership in the areas involving art-science collaborations.

Early Childhood Education Project|Early Entrance Program

Geidai students along with faculty members offer guidance and perform a mini concert for participating elementary and secondary school students across the country. Also, Geidai completed designing the university's early entrance program.