ART 397/597–Art & Design Study Program in Japan
Students will participate in a survey of various art and design disciplines of Japan including graphic design, calligraphy, industrial design, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, painting, paper making, and landscape design. The program will include visits to temples, gardens, galleries and museums. Through these visits students will be exposed to art and design related cultural activities that are an integral part of Japanese culture. Students who are registered for 3 credits will be required to keep a daily written and visual record while in Japan and to create a project or write a paper on a specific art or design discipline to complete this course.
This course is specifically designed to provide students with a cultural awareness of the role of art and design in Japanese culture and society; not only how art functions on an aesthetic level but also on a spiritual one as well. Investigating both ancient and modern in art and design, students will develop an understanding of the integral relationship that art and design continues to play in Japanese life and culture. Students will hopefully gain an increased awareness and deeper appreciation for cultural difference and develop a new perspective on the Japanese art heritage.
You will in addition to the stated objectives above participate in an exhibition that will take place at Nagoya Zokei University. You will need to have work that can appropriately be used for the exhibit (size, weight, etc.) or may need to create new work for this exhibit. The exhibition process of creation of the work, the preparation and installation will be part of this class and of your grade.
Japan: Eyewitness Travel Guide: DK Publishing, 2007.
Japanese Art, Joan Stanley Baker, Thames and Hudson, 2000
3 Credits: Grading will be based 75 percent on participation. This means not only being present during the scheduled activities but being as fully engaged as possible in experiencing the Japanese culture as well. Do not expect that being in Japan is just like being in the U.S. only the people speak a different language. You must be open and accepting of cultural differences while on this trip. The final 25 percent of your grade will be based on a paper or project related to a chosen area of research into Japanese art or design.
1 credit: Grading will be based 100 percent on participation.