Master’s Degree → Experimental Workshop

Experimental Workshop


Starting in 2020, the interdisciplinary program “Experimental Workshop (EWS)” was established for graduate students. Incorporating and embodying the term “Experimental”, through this ongoing, complex, international program, students take the initiative to work beyond the framework of their own department or major. As specially appointed professors, we have welcomed film director and artist Professor Apichatpong Weerasethakul, artist Professor Chiharu Shiota, and from 2023, architect Professor Toyo Ito. This is an open, cross-disciplinary project open to all graduate students of Tama Art University.

The 3 Components of EWS

Intensive Workshops

The Intensive Workshops are conducted by EWS specially appointed professors and run for 10 days to 2 weeks, both on and off campus. The workshops are bilingual, in English and Japanese.

Lecture Series

Special guest lecturers are invited from outside and within the university. Lectures are open to all students of the university.

Open Seminar

A weekly seminar class by the EWS Chief Professor and Assistant Professor. Includes advanced research for the Intensive Workshops, support for artwork production, and archiving of the Intensive Workshops and Lecture Series. The Seminar is intended for participants of the Intensive Workshops, but is open to other interested students.

EWS Specially Appointed Professors

Photo by Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Born in Bangkok in 1970, grew up in Khon Kaen in Northeastern Thailand and lives in Chiang Mai. Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a leading Thai film director and artist. He was the recipient of the 2010 Cannes Film Festivalʼs highest award (Palm dʼOr) for the feature film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”.

Berlin, 2020, Photo by Sunhi Mang

Chiharu Shiota

Born in Osaka in 1972 and lives and works in Berlin. Chiharu Shiota confronts fundamental issues of the human condition such as life and death through a variety of works, exploring questions on the very nature of life and existence. In 2008, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In 2015, she was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale, and in 2019 her most comprehensive solo exhibition “The Soul Trembles” was exhibited at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Toyo Ito

Born in 1941, Ito established Urban Robot (URBOT) in 1971. In 1979, the name was changed to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. Major works include “Sendai Mediatheque”, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji Campus), “Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos”, and “Taichung National Theater” opera house (Taiwan). He has won the Venice Biennale Golden Lion, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Gold Medal, and the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In 2011, he established his private school, Ito Architecture School. It conducts a variety of activities and is a place for architectural education to think about future cities and architecture, including an architecture school for children and community development on local islands.

EWS Faculty & Management

EWS Manager
Prof. Hiroaki Matsuura (Dean of the Graduate School of Art and Design)
EWS Chief Professor
Prof. Akihiro Kubota
EWS Deputy Manager
Prof. Yutaka Nakamura (Graduate School of Art and Design)
EWS Co-ordinator
Suzanne Mooney (Associate Professor)

For further information contact

Tama Art University Graduate School Research Office