Tyler Summer Interdisciplinary Art Workshop in Japan : 2012

Program Overview

The Tyler Summer Interdisciplinary Art Workshop, based at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), is a rigorous and professional ten-week program that integrates theory and application through an intensive series of guest lectures, research trips, critiques and studio work. The workshop is interdisciplinary in nature, welcoming students of drawing, painting, digital printmaking and digital photography. The opportunity to engage in discussions and critiques with students from different art disciplines opens up a wide range of topics in art. In addition to the focus on art, students will also take one course from TUJ' s range of summer session course offerings.

During the workshop, students will explore new technical methods while refining their areas of expertise. Students will be expected to complete a cohesive body of work or one large-scale project by the end of the workshop. This work should not only demonstrate a command of one's craft but in some manner incorporate the overall cultural experience as well. In addition, students will work on a collaborative art project with the guest artist faculty member and also will show their work in an exhibition at the end of the summer.

Based at TUJ's campus in Tokyo, the workshop offers students ample opportunity to participate in one of the world's most progressive and culturally stimulating cities. Students of visual mediums will find Japan an amalgamation of stoic, ancient ways and cutting edge style. Weekly faculty-led field trips in and around Tokyo to culturally important centers such as museums, galleries and artist studios expose students to traditional Japanese culture as well as contemporary Japanese art and design.

Students will also hear and meet some of Japan's talented artists through guest lectures and workshops. Previous guest lecturers include Greg Davis, photographer; Yutaka Fukuoka, sound creator artist / musician; Keiji Ito, art director, graphic designer, UFG; Toru Yamanaka, music composer / founding member of Dumb Type; Takashi Mochizuki, photographer; Eric Cruz, creative director, Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo; Sei Hishikawa, art director, drawing and manual; Hiroharu Mori, contemporary artist / video artist; Kyota Takahashi, comtemporary artist; Shin Sasaki, art director, 3KG, D&DEPARTMENT SAPPORO; and Ai Akiyama, contemporary artist / painter, Installation Art.

From Left to Right: Work by Laura M. Haight 2008, Maiko Shioda 2007, Kevin Curran 2008

Advanced level students looking to be challenged technically and intellectually are especially encouraged to apply. Past students have noted that time management and organizational skills are vital for the successful completion of the workshop. Students will create their own work schedules, presenting their work-in-progress each week either for group critiques to the entire class or one-on-one with the instructor. Preparatory reading will be required of all students. It is also suggested that students prepare themselves by learning some basic Japanese vocabulary and investigating Tokyo through on-line research or by purchasing a guidebook and a phrasebook.


Program participants will enroll in two courses, for a total of nine or ten credits.

For the first course, all students will enroll in either:

  • Tyler 3349: Tyler School Japan Art, Media and Design Workshop (6 credits / Undergraduate) or
  • Tyler 8149: (3 credits / Graduate)

For the second course, students will chose a three- or four-credit course from TUJ's regular summer session offerings in art history, Asian studies, Japanese language or studio art. Students must select a course that is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays, as Tuesdays and Thursdays must be reserved for the Tyler 3349 / 8149 course and related field trips. The TUJ 2012 summer session schedule will be made available to accepted students. For past course schedules, please see here

Art Facilities at TUJ

Current art facilities at TUJ include three art classrooms: a painting/drawing room with easels and painting racks; a 3D room equipped with two electrical drills, a jigsaw, and general hand tools; and a printmaking room equipped with a small printmaking press (bed size approximately 16 x 24 inches), ink rollers, ink tables, steel rulers, cutting mats, bench hooks and an oil stone. Facilities also include two Macintosh labs, with graphic software including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 and InDesign CS5 available on each of the 26 iMac computers. Between the two labs, there are six A3 size Epson printers, three A2 size Epson printers, one A2 size Epson scanner, and two A4 size Epson scanners. Please note that there are no photography darkrooms at TUJ. Students who are considering working in filmmaking, moving animation, digital illustration, or certain types of printmaking (lithography, etching, etc.) may not find the facilities/equipment sufficient to complete the studio work. Students with questions about TUJ's facilities and available equipment should contact assistant professor of art, Kaoru Sakurai ( prior to applying for the program.

Program Faculty

The intensive art workshop will be co-taught by Kaoru Sakurai, assistant professor of art, Temple University, Japan Campus and Hiroharu Mori, guest artist faculty member.

Kaoru Sakurai

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Prof. Sakurai's research surrounds topics on "identity" in contemporary culture. His work explores drawing and site-specific installations. He has exhibited in both Japan and United States. He is currently working on a book of collective interviews with emerging artists, designers and museum curators of Japan titled "to draw, to envision."
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Hiroharu Mori (Guest Artist Faculty)

MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Since 1998 Mori has exhibited widely both internationally and in Japan. His exhibitons include: "his speech" hiromiyoshii, Tokyo, 2009; Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Niigata, Japan, 2009; "_e City As a Stage" Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2008; the 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2007.
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Tuition and Fees

Below are the tuition and fees for Japan-based students (including local TUJ students) and students applying from non-U.S. overseas countries. For students who reside in the U.S., and who are coming as study abroad students via US-based institutions, please see the website for Tyler Summer Interdisciplinary Workshop or Temple University office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses.

Budget Item Fee Notes
Application Fee ¥15,750 (Japan-based)
¥18,250 (Overseas)
Applicable only to new, non-degree-seeking one semester students
Tuition ¥552,500 - ¥613,900 Based upon total of 9 to 10 credits
Media Fee* ¥25,200 (for 6 credit Workshop Media Fee)
¥12,600 (for 3 credit Workshop Media Fee)
Applicable only to 3 credit substantive courses; not applicable to Japanese language courses
Art Supplies** ¥25,000 per course Estimate (please read below**)


All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.

  • * The Media Fee of ¥25,200 for 6 credit Worskshop (Tyler 3349 / Undergraduate) and ¥12,600 for 3 credit Worskshop (Tyler 8149 / Graduate), is associated with local field trips and additional programming related to the workshop. If a student plan to take addtional course, there will be addtional media fee. Please check the TUJ website Summer 2012 Course Schedule for media fee detail.
  • ** This is a rough estimate, as the cost of art supplies will vary depending on the scale of work, the amount of materials and tools each student uses, and how many supplies students bring with them. If you are coming from non-U.S. overseas countries, Art supplies in Japan can be costly, so students may wish to bring their own supplies to Japan.

In addition to the items listed above, students should budget money for personal health insurance, any travel outside of Tokyo, and any other personal expenses.

If you are coming from non-U.S. overseas countries, we recommend that students follow the exchange rate prior to and during their summer abroad, either through the newspaper or a currency exchange web site (such as

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Application is closed.

Students applying from non-U.S. overseas countries may apply directly to TUJ in Tokyo through TUJ Admissions Counseling at or 0120-86-1026. Application is consistent with general procedures, and students may enroll up to the beginning of the semester.

Students who reside in the U.S., and who are coming as study abroad students via US-based institutions must register through Temple University's Office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses in Philadelphia. Please see their website for more information.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

Please see Admission Application Requirements for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs. For this program, applicants must also:

  • be rising juniors or seniors (at least second semester sophomores during the spring 2012 semester).
  • be currently enrolled as BFA drawing, painting, photography or printmaking majors, or BA art marjors.
  • have successfully completed an advanced-level studio art course.

In addition, non-Temple students who wish to enroll in this program are asked to submit a portfolio at the time of application, which is used to determine a student's eligibility fo the workshop. An acceptable portfolio should demonstrate achievement in the media in which the student plans to concentrate. The applicant is asked to submit a CD-R with jpeg files of works. No bulky shipments will be accepted, and the CD-R will not be returned.

The portfolio should be sent directly to:

Atten: Kaoru Sakutrai, Assistant Professor of Art, Undergraduate Program
Temple University, Japan Campus

2-8-2 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan

No responsibility for the portfolio can be assumed by Temple University.

Current TUJ Students

Current TUJ students who is interested in participating in the program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Written permission of Art Major Coordinator, OR;
  2. Current Art major who have completed at least on of:
    Art 3103, Art 3203 , Art 3303, Art 3403, Art 3603, Art 3826, Art 3813.

2012 Calendar

Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Orientation May 10 & 11 (JA)
May 16 (SA)
Classes Begin May 21
Classes End July 25

Information for Non-U.S. Overseas Applicants

  • Housing
    Students may choose to take advantage of housing arranged by Temple University or to make their own housing arrangements. More detailed housing information describing the housing facilities and amenities is provided to all accepted students in one of the pre-departure Web postings. Please see here or contact the Office of Student Services (OSS):
  • Information about Tokyo and TUJ
    For Non U.S. overseas applicants, please see here to read about the campus, student life, and housing at TUJ.
  • Admission Information and Student Services
    For admissions information, please see here. Please see here to read about pre-departure information and orientation; passports and visas; scholarships; costs and payment policies; accreditation; and transfer of credits.

For more information...

For further information, please contact Kaoru Sakurai, Assisitant Professor of Art, Undergraduate Program at or please contact TUJ's Admissions office at for details.