Embrace digital high vision and capture comprehensively the various genres of imaging.
The most distinctive feature of the Imaging Arts and Sciences program is its provision of an all-round education in the imaging arts. Modes of expression in the world of the imaging arts, encompassing photography, film, animation, digital video computer graphics, and media art have broadened and evolved with the invention of a succession of new technologies. In the past, these fields trod separate, individual paths. These days however, they influence and fuse with each other, and at times the boundaries between them disappearing completely. The current state of affairs in the imaging arts thus shows that no matter which area of the imaging arts one chooses to specialize in, knowledge and skills in other imaging arts fields will be important, in fact indispensable. In this sense, the all-round imaging arts education offered by the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences is at the very cutting edge of contemporary imaging arts teaching. This comprehensive learning is supported in the Department by a team of lecturers at the apex of their fields, plus the latest facilities and equipment providing technical support for all areas of study.
Another feature of the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences is its focus on digital high-vision. In the world of photography for example, digital photography is rapidly taking over from film, and in cinema, digital is set to become the mainstream. The fusion of broadcasting and communications, and film and television (video) are phenomena encouraged by the evolution in digital high-vision imaging arts, and trends that are likely to continue. The Department's view on the subject is to embrace digital high vision as early as possible and to capture comprehensively the various genres of the imaging arts.
Meanwhile classes in traditional photographic expression are still very much part of the curriculum, and a deliberate effort has been made to incorporate lessons in 8-mm and 16-mm film techniques, in the belief that there is much also to be learned from tradition. The Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences, set up in 1990, has a short history, but is developing comprehensive audio-visual courses in step with the growth of digital photography, and its graduates are active as media artists or employed in various areas of the corporate world. It is the aim of the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Musashino Art University to send many of our future creators out into the media arts world.