True to the curriculum of Temple’s renowned Tyler School of Art and Architecture, the Art major focuses on visual art practice within a liberal arts context. Courses include design, drawing, painting, three-dimensional design, printmaking, digital photography, digital imaging, Internet imaging, moving images, motion graphics, media arts and art history. The faculty teaches studio art from the viewpoint of its connection to such disciplines as psychology, literature, philosophy, mathematics, biology and physics.

Major/Minor Requirements

Co-coordinator of Art major

Our Art major is primarily designed for those who don’t have an art background, but we are also equipped for students who have already studied art formally. We offer everything from foundation courses such as drawing, painting and two-dimensional and three-dimensional design on up to an advanced level of study. Art majors are also required to take digital-based courses involving digital photography, computers, and the Internet. These are essential skills for finding a job in the art field and moving your career forward.

We usually have students from five or six different countries studying in one classroom. They learn how to inspire others, not just through verbal communication but also through their work. By inspiring others, you share a connection to what they create as well.

Tokyo is known as a center of design and fashion, and lots of contemporary art comes out of this city, making it an amazing place to study art. If you want to study art in English in Tokyo, TUJ is really the best option around. We view all of Tokyo as our campus, so we work with students to utilize the dynamics of the city as a resource.


Interview with Prof. Shinya B. Watanabe

Grow Your Artistic Talent with an American Style Art Education

Sample Curriculum

Student Voice

Ryota Kuwabara - Japanese

Transferred from a Japanese university. Won a scholarship and transferred to Temple Main Campus in fall 2012

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I decided to pursue art as my major after I transferred to TUJ where I can learn not only art, but also English. I thought this would expand my career opportunities after I graduate. My parents see I am serious and support me. Everyone at TUJ is friendly. The campus is small, so there are many chances to see and talk to students from all around the world. There are many field trips in the art classes, not only to major museums but also to small galleries. These lead me to a better understanding and enriched perspective of art. I have been pursuing painting at Main Campus since fall 2012. I would like to take advantage of various communication media that have been developed and become an unconventional artist.