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Message from the President

Division of Art Education


Professors and Lecturers in Charge

Professor: TORAO Yutaka (Sculpture - Three-Dimensional Expressions)

Professor: HIRAKAKIUCHI Kiyoshi (Painting - Prints, Media Arts)

Appointed Professor: KATSURA Masahiko (Design - Product, Graphic and Spatial)

Associate Professor: ABIKO Fumihira (Painting - Two-Dimensional Expressions, Oil Paintings)

Associate Professor: MURAKAMI Takashi (Art Education - Art Projects)

Course Description

In this division, our goal is to nurture students to become highly skilled junior high and high school teachers who have a deep understanding of various areas in two central elements of Art Education, namely 'Expression' (painting, sculpture, design, craft, image media, etc) and 'Appreciation' (Art Theory, etc), acquired practically through a variety of creative activities. Each specialized area - painting, sculpture, design, craft, etc. - is organized in such a way as students can gradually and effectively acquire required skills and emphasis is placed upon practical training in addition to lectures.


Soon after entering the program students
have serious discussions with the teaching staff, during which they learn the characteristics and fundamental concepts of art education. Courses in the first year include general knowledge, contemporary issues and introduction to teaching, together with compulsory courses that concern basics of painting, sculpture, design, craft and art history/theory. In the second year, courses focus more on specialist techniques and skills to a larger extent, which are then combined with theoretical studies, in order to allow students to have well-rounded knowledge and skills. It is one of our characteristics that we offer practical courses by which students can utilize their ability in practical art making and art appreciation in the classroom environment. It is also emphasized that doors are open for the students who wish to pursue specialized practical education activities, which is supported by research on education theories that support it. For their graduation thesis project, students begin discussing their projects with their supervisors from a very early stage, submitting their graduation theses plans in their third year. They work on their research projects throughout their fourth year under the supervision of one or more of our teaching staff. The central institution for the Art Course is the 'Art Building', and in addition to that, research laboratories and rooms for practical training are located in Building 6, Building 8 and the Building for Ceramics. The Art Building has a small courtyard where students can relax and chat with their friends.

Licenses and Certificates

Please refer to the university pamphlet.

Employment Situation and Career Opportunities

NB: although we have not had graduates yet since departments have been restructured, alumni from our previous art education course have found
variety of places to work in.
Teaching: elementary schools (Sendai, Miyagi, Hokkaido, Yokohama, Tokyo, etc.), junior high schools (Sendai, Miyagi, Hokkaido, Iwate, Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Tokyo, etc.) and part-time
Public Servants: Miyagi, Sendai, Natori, Japan Post, Police, Self Defense Force, etc.
Cultural Institutions: Sendai Mediatheque, Rias Ark Museum of Art, Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum, etc.
Companies: publishing, advertisement, printing, retail, among many others.
Masters: MUE, Tsukuba University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Tohoku University of Art and Design.