Graduate School

Graduate school master’s course. For a specialty in culture and the arts, we teach how to pursue a deeper sense of what art is, and we provide students with the tools they need to support culture through continuing research and creation. For a specialty in design engineering, we teach how to develop plans for solutions for the many diverse problems facing modern society as well as how to focus on design that works toward producing a healthy lifestyle, and we provide tools so that students can continue to apply what they learn.

We also have graduate school doctorate courses. In these programs in arts and engineering, we provide an educational foundation in research activities, review and criticism, and altruism, which enables students to grow into creative researchers.

■ Graduate school master’s course Details for areas of study

Education personnel

Specialty in culture and the arts

For people who want to research the deeper meaning of the art that bolsters the human “spirit,” and who want to continue to work on the research and creation needed to support culture.

Specialty in design engineering

For people who want to develop plans for the many diverse problems facing modern society, work toward implementing programs that produce a healthy lifestyle, focus on “functional” design, and gain the tools needed to continue to apply what they learn.

Degree conferment plan

  1. Understand what it means to learn about the history of art and design, and with the goal of continued progress in that area, develop the skills necessary to conduct serious academic research in an area of expertise. … “Pursuing specialized research based on a foundation of historical understanding”
  2. Be able to logically investigate and construct systems of interaction between human society and art and design, and master the language needed to review and criticize such programs. … “Acquiring logical thinking skills and a critical eye”
  3. While maintaining a global outlook, have an affinity for the local area and natural environment, and contribute to society with altruistic behavior. … “Developing the ability to use research to solve local problems, starting with the rejuvenation of eastern Japan” Upon completion of this program, there will be a recognition of completion and the conferment of a master’s degree.
Subject degree
Specialty in culture and the arts Master’s (Culture and the arts)
Design engineering Master’s (Design engineering)

■ Master’s course education plan for each area

Specialty in culture and the arts

Art history studies
[ Personnel goals ]

While keeping an eye on the latest research across all of Japan and the West, focusing on research results for the various arts growing from local regions such as Tohoku and Yamagata, and using that to develop personnel who can contribute to human society in the local area.

[ Education details ]

Working with the Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Tohoku Cultural Research Center, using various types of equipment for academic analysis, developing the foundation needed for fieldwork, and fostering the applicable skills required by a specialized researcher or a curator in an art gallery or museum.

Conservation and restoration studies
[ Personnel goals ]

Historical investigation and observation through cultural assets, scientific experiments and analysis of materials, and the ability to restore items via the development of restoration techniques. Cultivating personnel to be in a position to work with pieces of art and cultural assets. Fostering an approach and methodology that enables people to think on their own to overcome problems encountered in the real world.

[ Education details ]

Working with actual cultural assets through the Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property and other organizations, investigating and recording while looking through historical items and documents, and deeply analyzing those thoughts, techniques, and materials. Founded on this, implementing and practicing restoration methods that adhere to an international standard. While honoring traditional techniques and learning classic techniques for restoration of Asian art and Buddhist statues, also doing research into the best restoration methods for the wide variety of contemporary art and the many kinds of materials such cultural assets can be made from. For that reason, in addition to courses on art history and restoration methods, the program also includes classes such as chemistry, physics, and biology, which are rare at colleges for the arts.

History and culture studies
[ Personnel goals ]

Cultivating “heritage successors” who are capable of developing and implementing their own solutions to current local issues of impoverishment and decline brought about by low birth rate, aging population, and economic disparity. Developing managers of cultural heritage (heritage managers), managers of historical records (archivists), and curators with strong visual expression (curators), who are able to conduct academic research in their area of specialty or work in local government or with local businesses.

[ Education details ]

With a foundation in scholarship relating to humanity and environment, conducting research via detailed fieldwork based on local history and culture. Reconstructing value both new and old from history and traditional culture, and conducting hands-on research that contributes to the development of harmony with nature and modern society. By participating in research projects advanced by the Tohoku Cultural Research Center and the Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property, develop a strong sense of being on site through hands-on and practical education. Also, through a connection with areas of design, and with an eye on historical and cultural research into visual expression, support displays of progress both within the school and without.

Japanese paintings studies
[ Personnel goals ]

Developing people who can create these Japanese paintings with the clear vision of being an artist on the global scene while having a new and independent point of view. We want to continue to produce artists who can take modern scientific opinions as a basis and utilize a multifaceted outlook to take on themes of ethics and aspire to a peaceful future. With a strong sense of identity for Japanese culture, we will cultivate a spirit for lasting research into the two-dimensional art of modern times.

[ Education details ]

Providing support for pursuing a variety of stages, expressing on a global level, and making an approach. In cooperation with various groups within the school, working on projects with local businesses and organizations, and being well versed in the resources, region, and culture of Tohoku, to advance artistic meaning in modern society. Also, performing analysis based on historical understanding and having cultural discussions built on interdisciplinary viewpoints, and acquiring skills for wide-ranging research-based discourse that transcends areas of expertise.

Western paintings studies
[ Personnel goals ]

Developing artists who have an awareness of different eras and an attitude for review and criticism, and who can break from the line of current trends to show their own unique view of art to society. Cultivating the ability to contribute to the large constructs of society with the many aspects that art has to offer.

[ Education details ]

Implementing a research environment and guidance structure that breaks down the barriers between fields (Western paintings, Japanese paintings, woodblock, etc.). Developing flexible and multifaceted viewpoints and self-awareness, while performing creative activities through a curriculum founded on review (school research publications), out of school displays at galleries and art museums, and art projects created in conjunction with local organizations and businesses.

Sculpture studies
[ Personnel goals ]

We want to continue to produce artists who value free spirit and who, in the future, will specialize in three-dimensional work, and through the creation of art as well as through art theory research, will develop their individual creativity to the highest level.

[ Education details ]

In addition to classes where creating pieces is the cornerstone, this program also features an assertive approach to the world of art and developing the hands-on skills that are indispensable for a specialist. Also, taking a proactive approach to providing support (providing locations to display work, public relations activities, etc.) for currently enrolled students as well as graduates.

Industrial arts studies
[ Personnel goals ]

Cultivating artists who use new points of view to help with the rediscovery of Tohoku and local areas via the utilization of advanced traditional techniques in industrial arts. Nurturing the ability to use art to provide new points of view for modern society.

[ Education details ]

Through a fusion of materials, acquisition of advanced traditional techniques, and research on a variety of materials creating works that exhibit individuality and creativity. Also, from the many types of creation, learning development methods for interiors, construction, and public spaces, and striving toward work which shows the independence of the artist.

Composite art studies
[ Personnel goals ]

The modern artistic expression is diversified, and the lines for previous divisions based on materials and techniques are starting to blur. Cultivating multicreators who pursue interdisciplinary “possibilities of new expressive activities, the creation of value ” that transcends fields, and who are international artists with abundant creativity.

[ Education details ]

The teachers in this program come together from areas of culture and the arts as well as design engineering, and through intensive individual guidance, a wide variety of themes and methods are proposed and discussed.

Art education studies
[ Personnel goals ]

To develop those who want to pursue teaching at the middle or high school level, in conjunction with doing research for their own classes and implementing and investigating the contents of that research in various places, we also provide educational guidance for dealing with all sorts of students in the classroom in the future.

[ Education details ]

Developing the expertise needed to be an art teacher, learning how to provide good guidance to students, nurturing communication skills, and receiving a global education are the key points of this program.

Specialty in design and engineering

Local design studies
[ Personnel goals ]

From revitalization following the Tohoku Earthquake to issues stemming from low birth rates, an aging population, and population decline, there are many problems fundamental to our local area that need solutions in the future. Starting with sustainable energy companies there is a need for dramatic changes in lifestyle, and we are cultivating creators who can contribute in these areas.

[ Education details ]

Through one on one research guidance from our professors who play an active role in these areas various themes are deeply probed, and via workshops, compiling local magazines, fieldwork for designers, and other community design projects, students acquire the fundamental experience that is needed for local design activities.

Film studies
[ Personnel goals ]

This program is for cultivating film directors, CG creators, animators, photographers, media artists, film coordinators, etc. who will express themselves via film in the near future.

[ Education details ]

Recently in Yamagata prefecture, film activities have flourished due to the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, the Shonai Eigamura film studio, and others. By working closely with these organizations, students will be right in the middle of the current progressive film world. As a result, as students discover the themes of various types of research and production, they will be in an exceptionally practical environment for learning about film. This is not limited to just film but is interwoven with research and production for a wide variety of genres such as photography, CG, animation, media works, and more.

■ Master’s course classes

Course process

The curriculum for each specialty area is made up of a combination of specific courses and shared courses. The specific courses are chosen based on the area of specialization, and at the same time, a guiding faculty member is selected. With guidance from the guiding faculty member, shared courses related to the area of specialization are chosen to be taken.

Course basis

  1. For each specialty, the required number of credits must be accumulated from the specific research courses outlined below.
  2. Through a combination of specialty-specific courses and shared courses from other specialties, a total of at least 30 credits must be accumulated.


Culture and the arts

Subject credits
Art history  12
Conservation and restoration  12
History and culture  12
Industrial arts  20
Composite art  20
Art education  12
Japanese painting / Western painting / sculpture  20

Course process

Subject credits
Local design  16
Film  16

Completion requirements

All of the items below must be satisfied for completion of the master’s course.

  1. Enrollment in this graduate school for at least two years. However, in the event of exceptional achievements while enrolled, in special cases one year is deemed sufficient.
  2. At least 30 credits must be accumulated in accordance with the course basis above.
  3. In addition to receiving the necessary research guidance, students must submit a master’s thesis or master’s work that successfully passes judging or inspection.