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Department of Animation

Constructing a New Microcosm of Animation
The Department of Animation of the Graduate School of Film and New Media at To-kyo University of the Arts aims to reconfigure the increasingly diffuse world of ani-mation, evaluate the originality of animation in this country from an internationalperspective, and dedicate ourselves to education, research and the cultivation of creative talent in order to sustain this genre s autonomous development.

Curriculum (graduate education and research)
Together with founding a corpus of required subjects and classes including appro-aches and knowledge of animation as well as production issues in a collective en-vironment, we are going to concretely develop a curriculum allowing a higher andmore general level of teaching and research on animation as visual art, by creatingempiric chances of acquisition and study, in the curriculum as well as from its out-side, thanks to the help and collaboration of authors and directors,and by introdu-cing new perceptions regarding the production system, as well as new directionsinspired from the outside regarding critical viewing, in order to aim for new ways ofappreciations for the art of animation.



 The main campus of Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) is located in Ueno Park, a historic area in north-central Tokyo, famousfor its museums, spring cherry blossoms and examples of Edo period architecture.The university is regarded as the most prestigious institute for fine arts and music in Japan. The high level entry examination ensures that the only the hig hest caliberstudents are admitted. The university boasts many distinguished artists on its teach-ing staff and some outstanding and unique facilities.The University Library containsabout half a million volumes relating to fine arts and music, many of which are rareand valuable. In 1998, the new concert hall Sôgakudô, a triumph of both architectu-ral and acoustic achievem ent, was built as a replacement to the aging and deteri-orating wooden concert hall and with the purpose of facilitatin g demanding new typesof performance. The University Art Museum, a major collection of artifacts of nationalimportance, plays a central role in the preservation of Japan's cultural assets and the presentation of universi ty work to the general public. The Faculty of Fine Arts owns an off-campus research center in Nara, one of the ancient capitals of Japan, home to many of the nation's cultural assets. Accommodation is provided, allo wing students and staff access to the many resea-rch and preservation projects taking place in the region.The university is keen to strengthen its overseas links, developing in recent years a number of exchange programs with institutes of fine arts and music overseas.