Regular Japanese course
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Regular Japanese course
Comprehensive utilization of studies and research activities to enhance the the application of the students' abilities in Japanese (seminar class)
Cultivation of the ability to give presentations
Announcement of results at a school-wide presentation held at the university's large Theater Hall.
Subjects required to acquire language knowledge and cultivate language technique (20 hours per week)
Sentence patterns and expressions, characters and vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, and conversation
Composed of 7 levels from fundamental to advanced level classes →Promotion system
⇒the promotion system
Classes designed for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1 - N2) and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
Selection depends on promotion and purpose
This subject group is designed to deepen the students' understanding of Japanese from a variety of viewpoints. free-choice elective classes
Classes range from ""studying Japanese"" to ""studying in Japanese""
Educational activities not limited to the classroom
⇒Educational activities outside of the classroom
Projects conducted at Kyoto University of the Arts and Kyoto Institute of Design, which belong to the same academic foundation.
⇒Cooperation project with universities and vocational schools
■Advanced Level 2 Seminar Class (Seminar I)
In this class the students hold discussions on specific topics and present summarized announcements of the content of investigative studies.
Topic examples: ""My intercultural experience,"" ""Thoughts concerning husbands and wives retaining different family names,"" and ""The Kyoto brand challenging the world.""
■Advanced Level 2 Seminar Class (Seminar II)
In this class, students learn how to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others. Students have the chance to debate and discuss issues with their teacher on a one-to-one basis. In addition, students listen to Japanese guest speakers, take part in a question and answer session, and write a summary of the content. Furthermore, students learn how to give an impromptu presentation on familiar topics
■Advanced Level 1 Seminar Class
Here the students learn how to apply the Japanese they have learned in previous classes through research studies and gathering information. In these studies the students get in touch with a part of the society in Japan, through meeting Japanese people of all generations. The results of investigative research carried out on the Sanjokai Shopping Street are presented.
■Intermediate Level 3 Seminar Class
In this class students conduct research studies on Japanese culture and society, and then write a report. Students had the opportunity to attend a lecture on ""Shirakawame,"" a tradition that started in the Heian Era in which women walked the streets of Kyoto selling flowers. In addition, students participated in the reproduction of ""Shimenawa,"" braided rice straw rope used in Shinto purification rites, once prosperous in the region where the school is located now, ""Kitashirakawa.""
■Intermediate Level 2 Seminar Class<
In this class students decide on a topic themselves, and interview Japanese people as a study on the way Japanese think about the subject. The students then summarize their results in a report, and present their findings to their class.
■Intermediate Level 1 Seminar Class
In this class students use the library and the internet to study subjects they find problematic, including Japanese culture, life-style issues, the way people think about things, differences between Japan and their home country, etc. The results of their research are summarized in a report and presented to their class.
■Basic Level 2 Seminar Class
Students work as a group in this class, studying a topic of interest, including traditional Japanese culture, food culture, life-style issues, etc. By working as a group, and using the Japanese learned in their classes, we cultivate the ability to apply Japanese in study efforts. After presenting their results to the class, the group summarizes the results and publishes it as a pamphlet. In addition, reading aloud practice is included in order to understand the differences between pronunciation in their mother tongue, and the distinctive characteristics of Japanese speech.
■Basic Level 1 Seminar Class
The purpose of this class is to strengthen the students' ability in ""reading,"" ""writing,"" ""listening,"" and ""speaking."" Here the students practice using Japanese outside of the normal textbook work, discussing scripts, taking videos all on their own, presenting posters introducing classmates to their hometown, and giving speeches.
These classes are designed to help the students pass examinations and understand culture, etc. These classes can be selected according to the student's goals — going on to the next stage of education, finding employment, or just experiencing life in Japan.
I took this class because I wanted to get to know Kyoto. It had a lot of fieldwork, and we went to a variety of places. In addition, we studied vegetarian meals, as well as Japanese cooking. I made a map of places in Kyoto I would recommend visiting. I think I got closer to understanding Japan through studying Kyoto.
I took the Kyoto Culture I class, so I continued on with Kyoto Culture II. We went to a variety of places doing fieldwork, and learned about Kyoto soybeans as well as Japanese cakes and sweets. Uji was especially impressive. A lot of the class content dealt with the history of Kyoto. Some of the class work was difficult, and even though I was living in Kyoto there were some things I didn't know, and the class helped to understand them.
I chose this class because I came to Japan and wanted to learn about a variety of things. In this class you learn vocabulary using the news, and categorizing it by topic to pick up related words. Thus, you understand the content. After taking this class, I was able to watch news programs, and even understand very important news.
I chose this class because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese language. In this class, we read newspaper articles and held discussions on a chosen topic.
After I found a job, I realized that I wanted to study Japanese that could be used while involved in job hunting activities, and that is why I chose this class. In this class I studied business manners, polite expressions, the language used in business documents, etc. You learn this subject from the basics, so I think it will be useful in your job hunting activities.
This class is designed to teach the students the knowledge and techniques necessary to pass the entrance examinations at universities specializing in the arts or design vocational schools. Students learn from the basics, so even students without any experience can take this class. In addition, an academic staff member or the person in charge of entrance examinations at the Kyoto University of the Arts (KUA) conducts a class at the school once every month (Preparation Course for the Entrance Examination of Kyoto University of the Arts).
Students in this class mainly study design, coloring, and three-dimensional perspective, with the focus on design. Students who have not studied art in the past begin with the basics. Studying from past entrance examinations, the students practice creating designs within a prescribed time limit. A special class is also held in order to raise the student's presentation capability, which is necessary in order to explain their designs.
|Class time period||May through November ※You cannot register for this class during the 2nd semester)|
|Class fee||130,000 yen（※an additional fee of about 5,000 yen is necessary for class materials）。|
|Class time||13:30 – 16:30（however, on Saturday: 9:00 – 12:00）
※This class is aimed at students studying from the basic level, so we do not conduct counseling for entrance examinations at graduate schools.
Here the students study design description methods, repeatedly draw basic motifs, and study design with an emphasis on composition.
The students learn the vocabulary related to fundamental colors through class exercises. Students learn about the special characteristics of color, in accordance with the Practical Color Co-ordinate System, and study the how to use color.
Here the students learn the distinctive features of molding materials and acquire related techniques. Each student uses lines, surfaces, and material blocks as required by the current assignment, according to their own concepts (creative intention), and build up the work into a concrete shape from the original image. If a student wants to pursue architecture or environment design, they build architectural models.
Preparation Course for the Entrance Examination of Kyoto University of the Arts
This class is conducted by an academic staff member or the person in charge of entrance examinations at the Kyoto University of the Arts (KUA) once every month. While confirming their own capabilities, students can learn the knowledge and techniques necessary to pass entrance examinations in phased studies. Students aim to pass the Entrance Examination of Summer Communication Admission (Aug., and Oct.) at the Kyoto University of the Arts. The content of the class is also useful for students who intend to proceed to the next stage of education at other universities or vocational schools, as it prepares students for their studies of the necessary knowledge and techniques after they enter a university or vocational school.
The results of classwork, such as personal or group topics, etc., are presented at Shunjyu Hall, the university's large theater hall.
We hold a Culture Day event every semester, to promote getting in touch with culture. Based on the theme of ""actually seeing, listening to, and experiencing"" Japanese tea ceremony, Yuzen-style dyeing, Nishijin weaving, Japanese cakes and sweets, Japanese dance and Kiyomizu pottery, this event deepens interest in the language and culture of Japan.
We conduct projects in cooperation with Kyoto University of the Arts and Kyoto Institute of Design, both of which belong to the same academic foundation.
■Kyoto University of the Arts
★Projects conducted in cooperations with universities, industry, and government
As a part of their classwork, students at the Kyoto University of the Arts conduct various projects submitted to the university as requests from industries and autonomous bodies, including an illumination project for Nijo Castle, displays at department stores, and product development projects using special products, etc. Students from the Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language also take part in these projects.
I was looking for a way to use Japanese outside of the classroom, so I thought I should take part in the Shimane New Product Development Project in order to improve my ability to give presentations. I didn't feel confident, so I was perplexed about whether or not I should take part in the first project. It was a big problem for me because we had to use Japanese to communicate with the Japanese students and teachers, as well as give a presentation in Japanese at the end of the project. Furthermore, I had no experience in design, so I felt uncertain about being able to take part in the New Product Development Project.
Thinking I should use my time in Japan effectively, and wanting to improve my Japanese, I decided to participate in the project. I tried to use Japanese as much as possible during the project. At first, the work was very difficult, but my teacher gave me instructions and helped me do the work.
Before the final presentations, I prepared my own presentation in Japanese that I hoped would communicate my intentions to everyone. It was very difficult for me to communicate what I am thinking in Japanese. My teacher gave me some advice on how to express my ideas effectively during the presentation. I practiced again and again, but I was so nervous when I actually gave it that I wasnt able to give it as well as I had hoped.
During the 8 days of the project, I worked and studied together with students from Kyoto University of the Arts, and made some very good friends. It was a very difficult project, but I am glad I took part in it. I don't think you can have this type of experience at other Japanese schools. I would sincerely recommend that other students participate in projects of this type.
★Guidance by university academic staff members for students taking the Art and Design, Fundamental Class
Kyoto University of the Arts's Course on Entrance Examinations
★Participating in Circle activities
Clubs and Circles