The main campus of MAU is situated on the outskirts of Tokyo in Kodaira, where the venerable Tamagawa Josui canal and nearby forest still evoke memories of the tranquil Musashi Plains. Designed and constructed to a master plan devised by architect and late Professor Emeritus Yoshinobu Ashihara, the campus opened in 1961. In 1969 all units of MAU were combined here, heralding the gradual development of the educational and research environment for a university of the formative arts, and meeting the changing needs of the times. Based around twelve main blocks, the 115,060m2 site includes the College of Art and Design and Graduate School of Art and Design, as well as a full range of facilities to assist the creative activities of students, and ensure their years at MAU are enjoyable and enriching.
Just three minutes on foot from Ichigaya Station, which is served by several lines, it boasts excellent accessibility. MAU has established its newest base in an area which, despite being in the midst of the metropolis, is redolent with history, education, and culture. Located on Sotobori-dori, in the same district as various universities and Sotobori Park, the campus will also function as a center for spreading the word about MAU’s education and research activities and promoting culture and the arts. As well as lecture halls, study rooms, seminar rooms that also serve as active learning spaces, and a dedicated graduate school area, campus facilities include workshops equipped with 3D printers and machine tools such as laser cutters, offering the kind of flexible learning spaces essential to project-based education and research.
The Kichijoji campus is where MAU has its origins, as the Teikoku Art School founded in 1929, and is located in the city of Musashino in Tokyo. The site at Kichijoji, covering around 3,400m2, is home to a range of facilities that include the offices of the correspondence course, the alumni office, and the publishing and editing bureau responsible for compiling the textbooks used by the correspondence course.
The Mitaka Room, located just four minutes on foot from Mitaka Station (JR Chuo Line or Sobu Line), is used chiefly for classroom-based correspondence course tutorials, and also for presentations to prospective students, exhibitions of work by students, open lectures, events run by various members of the faculty, and academic gatherings.
This new location opened in April 2017 is expected to play a vital role in making MAU more accessible to the wider community.