Department of Cultural and Creative Studies

Our aim is to encourage students to cultivate wisdom for the creation of culture in the 21st century and give them the capability to produce culture and art.

The ability to carve out a path to the next era depends upon the ability to create culture and art. In today's world, the type of people who are sought are those who understand art and culture, and who can strategically produce and manage these fields. In this school, students study various social science courses, such as cultural policy and management (policy management area), which affect workplaces in the of culture and art fields; various courses for a comprehensive understanding of art/culture and society (cultural area); and various courses on thought and information (perspective area), which form the backbone of the program. At the same time, students obtain a feel for actual workplaces, mainly through the Aoyama Community Laboratory (ACL). Empirical knowledge gained does not end there; rather, students position themselves in three academic fields and further obtain the ability to apply them with deep insight. This is what makes our school unique. Furthermore, in order to help students determine their future careers, we have established three courses that act as navigational models for choosing which courses to take afterward. We have also enhanced our own English education program to incorporate a global perspective.

Campus of Attendance

First Year to Fourth Year :


Lists unique specialized universal subjects and course subjects

Required Credits for Graduation / 130 Credits
Specialized Subjects (Required Electives)
Category Subjects
Policy Management Area (Group A) 2nd – 4th year

  • Society as Community
  • Public Policy
  • Cultural Economics
  • Cultural Administration Law
  • Cultural Business
  • Consumer Culture

3rd and 4th year

  • Law for the Protection of Cultural
  • Properties
General Cultural Area (Group B) 2nd – 4th year

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • History of Japanese Culture
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Representation of Culture
  • Social Analysis
  • History of Religion
  • Economic History 1,2
  • History of Social Thought
  • Economy and Civilization
  • Comparative Study of Civilizations
  • Local Cultures 1~4
  • Religious Culture
  • Religious Sociology
  • Comparative Study of Religions
  • Network Society and Culture
  • Minority Culture
  • Urban Culture
  • Business Culture
  • Culture and Psychoanalysis

3rd and 4th year

  • History of Modern Economy
  • Modern Japanese Culture
Perspectives Area (Group C) 2nd – 4th year

  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Public Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Semiotics
  • Information Environment 1,2
  • Media Literacy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Social Ethics
  • History of Japanese Thought
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Current Thought
  • Modern Theology
  • Cognitive Philosophy

3rd and 4th year

  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Information Engineering
Course Subjects (Required Elective)
Course Subjects
Media Culture Course 2nd – 4th year

  • Overview of Media
  • Japanese Performing Arts
  • Study of Festivals
  • Study of Local Cultures
  • Acculturation Theory
  • Media communication
  • Study of Image Mediums
  • Mobile-phone and Culture
  • Translation and Culture
  • Media and Politics
  • Replication and Culture
  • Mode and Design
  • Japanese Pop Culture – Street
  • Culture – Publishing Industry
  • Music and Culture
  • Music and Psychology
  • Deep Analysis of Art
  • Film Industry
  • Media Industry
  • Advertising and Culture
  • Fashion Industry
  • Architectural Design
  • Media Culture – General Lecture
  • Media Culture – Special Topics
City/International Culture Course 2nd – 4th year

  • Introduction to International Cultural Exchange
  • International Cultural Exchange
  • Japanese Policy of International
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Language Policy
  • History of Pacifist Thought
  • Study of Creative City
  • Study of Cultural Resources
  • History of Architecture and City
  • Urban Policy
  • Analysis of Urban Data
  • Christian Religion and Urban Culture
  • Urban Environment
  • Urban Development
  • Urban Planning
  • City Survey
  • Re-Designing of City and Region
  • Regional Planning
  • Traditional Industries
  • Agglomeration Theory of Industry
  • Architecture and Culture
  • Architectural Planning
  • Design for Environment
  • Multiculturalism
  • Area Culture – General Lecture
  • Area Culture – Special Topics
Art Management Course 2nd – 4th year

  • Policy for Culture and Art
  • Management of Cultural Facility
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Mecenat and Culture
  • Art History – Japan
  • Art History – the West
  • Art History – the East
  • Contemporary Art
  • History of Design
  • Chromatics and Morphology
  • Body and Design
  • Art and Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Art
  • Ecological Design
  • Spatial Design
  • Lifestyle Design
  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Management
  • Art and Culture – General Lecture
  • Art and Culture – Special Topics
The Aoyama Standard Subjects
1st - 4th year :

School-wide universal education system where experts in wide-ranging academic fields transcending the framework of colleges/schools and departments stimulate interest in learning and provide guidance.

Foreign Language Required Subjects
1st year :

English Communication (I) and (II), English Proficiency (I) and (II)

2nd year to 4th year :

Understanding Japan in English (Culture), Understanding Japan in English (History), Understanding Japan in English (Economy), Understanding Japan in English (Art)

Free Elective Subjects
1st - 4th year :

Students can freely select from Specialized Subjects within their own School, Aoyama Standard Subjects, as well as subjects offered by other colleges.