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  Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of art, and as sculptors, we are heirs to a tradition that forms an invaluable record of past civilizations. Although we can learn a great deal from this heritage, we must observe our present society through the eyes of a contemporary artist and express our vision in an appropriate manner. After all, even though we may think that the clothes of a century ago were very elegant, we would never dream of wearing them today. Modern industry produces many new types of materials, such as steel, cement, plastics, glass, and aluminum. These new materials not only bring significant changes to our lifestyles, but also affect our notion of what sculpture is and can be. It is imperative that we use new materials and technology to create new and bold sculptural images for our present-day society.
Students in the Department of Sculpture acquire basic skills by working with shapes observed in nature and undergo instruction in various practical techniques. They then proceed to more personal areas of self-expression. Close student-faculty relations are essential for the exchange of ideas and the development of sculptural concepts; however, although the faculty is always ready to give advice and guidance to students, it is important for each student to develop an independent and self-sufficient attitude towards sculptural practice.


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After building a foundation of basic skills through studies of natural forms during the first two years, the third-year student proceeds to creative self-expression. On the basis of interchange between the students and faculty, the student trains in and explores sculptural art through project work and the mutual exchange of ideas with the faculty. For students in every scholastic year, this department offers seminars held in the mountains, invites guest lecturers for special seminars, studio classes for different sculptural materials, and other courses. Moreover, a field trip to study classical art in Nara and Kyoto is also arranged.

Years 1 and 2
The student gains deeper understanding of the basic structure of sculptural art and of mass, interacts with the sculpture materials of clay, wood, stone, and metal, and acquires basic skills for uncovering the subject of expression.
Training in clay modeling: Through modeling the human body, the student gains a deeper understanding of its structure, the order of the natural world, and movement.
Training in wood sculpture: The student learns woodcarving techniques.
Training in stone sculpture: The student acquires carving techniques for stone and knowledge about tools.
Metalwork training: The student learns welding and processing techniques for metallic materials and deepens understanding about their properties.
Training in basic modeling: The student creates new forms while experimenting with abstract expression through carving, modeling, and three-dimensional composition.
Courses on pictorial art and design are also offered, enabling the student to cultivate a multi-disciplinary perspective toward the visual arts and to study their wider issues.

Years 3 and 4
The program is divided into training workshops according to material—clay sculpture, stone sculpture, wood sculpture, and metal sculpture—to pursue the intrinsic forms suggested by each category of materials. Based on a personal approach to sculpture, the student also experiments with individualistic modeling concepts and formative expression, which are applied toward completion of the graduation project.
Moreover, classes in applied arts are offered in which the student can study diverse aspects of three-dimensional modeling. The graduation projects are displayed at an exhibition held at TAU as well as at the Joint Exhibition of Five Tokyo Art Universities held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.


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Sculpture Program
Approaches to Sculpture, Theory of Sculpture, Gas Welding Techniques, Research Seminar on Classical Art, Extracurricular Research Seminars, Graduation Project

General Education Program
Survey of Japanese Art History, Survey of Western Art History, Contemporary Art, Theory of Twentieth Century Art, Anatomy for Artists, Historical Research of Japanese Art, Survey of Asian Art History, Philosophy, Aesthetics, Landscape Architecture, History of Asian Sculpture, History of Western Sculpture, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, other courses

   
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