Tama Art University

Department of Moving Images
and Performing Arts

The pleasure of artistic expression
between moving images and performing arts

The curriculum is designed to help students consolidate their own individual styles by traversing various fields from such recorded art forms as video and photography, to the "live art" of theater and dance. Through the repeated process leading from the proposal of projects up to the production and presentation/performance of actual works, students acquire the ability to translate ideas into moving images or body movements, and produce such "stages" for artistic expression. In order to foster individuals that continuously engage in artistic work while enhancing their creativity, the department defines its goal in the communication of art through the body as a medium in the realms of moving images and performing arts alike.


The curriculum encompassing the concepts of "body", "space" and "imagery" is divided into three types of classes. While proposing and ultimately realizing their own projects in the central "Field Trial" course, students learn about technics and history in the "Study" class, and practice expert skills in the "Method" class. Lessons are structured in a step-by-step manner, leading through the stages "basics"→"specialized basics"→"expertise"→"application". The fourth year is dedicated to the Graduation Project as a culmination of four years of artistic activities and theoretical studies.

Prospects after graduation

Many graduates are active as artists in a broad sense, in such professions as stage director, playwright, director, filmmaker, photographer, actor, dancer, model, performer, voice actor or announcer. Others work as planners (art, costumes, lighting, sound) for stage, TV and cinema, or for film distribution or production companies. Another career option is to continue studies at a graduate school.