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Mission Statement

Since the earliest days of Musashino Art University, our mission has been to train professionals
equipped with a good general education and of superlative character for careers in various fields of the formative arts, focusing primarily on the realms of fine arts and design. To achieve this, the
University is deeply mindful of the need to arm students with a combination of generalist and
specialist skills, and remain faithful to our founding spirit of providing art education that allows
students to function with true freedom as human beings, and producing artists of well-rounded

International Role

MAU presently has exchange agreements with the following 37overseas universities and institutions specializing in art and design.

  1. China Academy of Art, China (1994)
  2. Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France (1996)
  3. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland (1996)
  4. Instituto Profesional DUOC, Chile (1997)
  5. Politecnico di Milano, Scuola del Design, Italy (2001)
  6. Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, UK (2002)
  7. Hongik University, Korea (2002)
  8. Koeln International School of Design, Germany (2004)
  9. *Dongseo University, Korea (2005)
  10. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Denmark (2005)
  11. Shanghai Theatre Academy, China (2005)
  12. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (2006)
  13. Pratt Institute, USA (2006)
  14. University of the Arts London, UK (2006)
  15. Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin, Germany (2006)
  16.  Kungl. Konsthoegskolan / Royal Institute of Art, Sweden (2006)
  17. Konstfack / University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden (2006)
  18. The Glasgow School of Art, UK (2007)
  19. Shanghai Institute of Visual Art,Fudan University, China (2007)
  20. Rhode Island School of Design, USA (2009)
  21. Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (2010)
  22. National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan (2013)
  23. Central Academy of Fine Arts, China (2013)
  24. LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2013)
  25. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, Hong Kong (2014)
  26. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia (2014)
  27. Tsinghua University, Academy of Arts & Design, China (2014)
  28. University of Reading, UK (2014)
  29. Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China (2014)
  30. Shih Chien University, Taiwan (2014)
  31. National Institute of Design, India (2015)
  32. Artesis Plantijn University College of Antwerp, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Belgium (2015)
  33. Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania (2016)
  34. Silpakorn University, Thailand (2017)
  35. National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan (2017)
  36. St. Petersburg State Academic Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Russia (2017)
  37. Royal College of Art, UK (2018)

National Role

MAU focuses not only on international activities but also on domestic relations with other
institutes and the industry.
Tama Academic Consortium (TAC) is an academic cooperative organization consisting of five
universities; International Christian University (ICU), Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo Keizai
University, Tsuda Collage, and Musashino Art University all located in the Tama area. Also, MAU has been cooperating withTokyo Institute of Technology and Waseda University.
Musashino Art University actively develops collaborations in various forms with business entities and local governments such as Bridgestone, Mitsui Fudosan Co., CASIO and so on.

Main Focus


Faculties and Departments

MAU consists of the College of Art and Design (undergraduate), which encompasses ten departments, the College of Creative Thinking for Social Innovation, which encompasses two departments, and the Correspondence Course (undergraduate).

Bachelor Level Programs

The Bachelors' courses take 4 years.
<The college of Art and Design>
Japanese Painting / Painting / Sculpture / Visual Communication Design / Industrial, Interior,
and Craft Design / Scenography, Display, and fashion Design / Architecture / Science of
Design / Arts Policy and Management / Design Informatics
<The college of Creative Thinking for Social Innovation>
Creative Innovation / Imaging Arts and Sciences

Master Level Programs

The Master's course is a two-year program.
<The Graduate School of Art and Design>
Japanese Painting / Painting / Printmaking / Sculpture / Science of Art and Design / Arts Policy and
Management / Visual Communication Design / Industrial, Interior and Craft Design / Scenography,
Display and Fashion Design / Architecture / Science of Design / Design Informatics
<The Graduate School of Creative Thinking for Social Innovation>
Creative Leadership / Imaging Arts and Sciences

Research Activity and Main Areas


Doctorate Level Programs

The Doctoral Degree is a three-year program.

<The Graduate School of Art and Design>
Production of art / Design and configuration / theory and history of art and design

<The Graduate School of Creative Thinking for Social Innovation>
Studies in Creative Thinking for Social Innovation


Bachelor: 4,339
Master: 335
Doctorate: 34

Exchange Students

Incoming: 10
Outgoing: 7

Teaching Staff

Professors: 140
Lectures: 782

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