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Tama Art University

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Motto  自由と意力
Type  Private art school
Affiliation  ICSID
Acceptance rate  30.9% (2015)
Total enrollment  4,534 (1 May 2015)
Color  Blue
Motto in English  Freedom and Will
Established  1935
Endowment  N/A
Undergraduate tuition and fees  1.221 million JPY (2011)
Phone  +81 3-3702-1141
Founded  1953
Tama Art University

Address  3 Chome-15-34 Kaminoge, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-0093, Japan
Notable alumni  Kenjirō Sano, Issey Miyake, Naoto Fukasawa, Mika Ninagawa, Yumi Matsutoya
Similar  Musashino Art University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Joshibi University of Art and, Tokyo Zokei University, Kyoto Seika University

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Tama Art University (多摩美術大学, Tama bijutsu daigaku) or Tamabi (多摩美) is a private art university located in Tokyo, Japan. It is known as one of the top art schools in Japan.


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The forerunner of Tamabi was Tama Imperial Art School (多摩帝国美術学校, Tama Teikoku Bijutsu Gakkō) founded in 1935. It was chartered as a junior college in 1950 and became a four-year college in 1953.


  • Hachioji Campus (Hachioji city, Tokyo)
  • Kaminoge Campus (Kaminoge, Setagaya-ward, Tokyo)
  • Seminar House
  • Mt. Fuji Foothills Seminar House (Yamanakako, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi)
  • Nara Antiquities Seminar House (Nara city, Nara)
  • Faculty of Art and Design

  • Department of Painting
  • Japanese Painting Course
  • Oil Painting Course
  • Printmaking Course
  • Department of Sculpture
  • Department of Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
  • Ceramic Program
  • Glass Program
  • Metal Program
  • Department of Graphic Design
  • Department of Product and Textile Design
  • Product Design Course
  • Textile Design Course
  • Department of Environmental Design
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Department of Information Design
  • Art and Media Course
  • Interaction Design Course
  • Department of Art Science
  • Department of Integrated Design
  • Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance
  • Scenography Design Course
  • Drama and Dance Course
  • Faculty of Art and Communication Evening Division

  • Fine Arts
  • Design
  • Moving Images and Performing Arts
  • Graduate Program

  • Master's Degree Course
  • Doctoral Degree Course
  • Research institutes and facilities

  • Tama Art University Library
  • Institute for Art Anthropology
  • Tama Art University Museum
  • akibatamabi21
  • [email protected]
  • CMTEL (Color/Materials/Trends Exploration Laboratory)
  • Media Center
  • artheque (art-theque)
  • Lifelong Learning Center
  • Tamabiba
  • Azumino Glass Studio
  • Pacific Rim

    Since 2006, students from both Tama Art University and Art Center College of Design who study in the field of design have collaborated on the Pacific Rim Project. The Pacific Rim Project focuses on global issues such as environmental protection, natural disasters and related topics over the course of a 14-week program. The Project is based on collaborative research, the results of which are summarized and shared via public exhibits.

    International partners

    Tamabi has bilateral agreements with 21 universities and institutes in 13 countries and regions (as of July 2016).


  • University of Cincinnati, United States
  • Rhode Island School of Design, United States
  • ARTSAT Project

  • University of Tokyo
  • Tokyo 5 Art Universities Joint Graduation Exhibition ("Gobidai-ten" Exhibition)

  • Joshibi University of Art and Design
  • Musashino Art University
  • Nihon University College of Art
  • Tama Art University
  • Tokyo Zokei University
  • Art Universities Liaison Council

  • Joshibi University of Art and Design
  • Musashino Art University
  • Nihon University College of Art
  • Tama Art University
  • Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Tokyo Zokei University
  • Comprehensive joint agreement

  • Showa University
  • Tokyo City University
  • Regional collaborative projects

  • Tama Rivers
  • Sagamachi Consortium
  • Hachioji Academic City University "Icho-juku"
  • University/High School Collaboration Lectures
  • Community gallery "Tamabiba"
  • Art Laboratory Hashimoto
  • Art events/exhibitions

  • Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial
  • CPUE : Curatorial Practice in the Urban Environment
  • Tokyo Art Flow
  • Alumni association

  • The Alumni Association of Tama Art University
  • Publications

  • tonATELIER
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  • References

    Tama Art University Wikipedia