Arts and Game Design Program in Japan

Join Professors Jeff Warmouth and Jon Amakawa on this exploration of the contemporary art forms: video games, Anime and Manga.
Students and faculty in the Game Design Program to Japan

June 9 - 24, 2023

Game 2001: Game and Arts 

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3 credits

This course explores contemporary arts and culture in Japan with an emphasis on the three pillars of Japan’s modern culture: video games, Anime, and Manga.

These contemporary art forms will be examined in the context of the country’s tradition of design, visual arts, and culture, in order to gain a better understanding of Japanese Game Art Aesthetics. For example, during the course, students explore Edo period Ukiyo-e wood block prints and shoin architecture as well as the evolution of modern manga from its roots in the Edo period with the publishing of Hokusai's Manga.

The course culminates in a study abroad trip to Japan in May 2023.

Course Counts for: Global Diversity Non-Western (GDAN)

Total Estimated Price: $5,000*


First Payment: December 5, 2022 - $1,666.00
Second Payment: January 12, 2023 - $1,667.00
Third Payment: February 8, 2023 - $1,667.00

*Price subject to change

Sample Itinerary ** Subject to change

Accommodations will be confirmed closer to program

Students will be in Tokyo for 5 days and Kyoto for 6 days. Students will be filled with cultural, academic, and recreational activities. Free days will also be available for students to explore!

May 31 Depart from Boston
June 1 Arrive in Tokyo in afternoon: ISA Health and Safety Orientation for Japan
June 2  Welcome to Tokyo event
June 3 Day trip to Kamakura
June 4-5 Tokyo: Shibuya and Harajuku, Odaiba and Academic Visits
June 6 Free day (Exploring Tokyo)
June 7 Travel to Narai| Matsumoto Castle
June 8 Nakasendo Hike| Travel to Kyoto
June 9 Cultural activities (Nishiki Market Walking tour)
June 10 Free day (Exploring Kyoto)
June 11-12 Cultural and Academic Activities
June 13 Free day (Visit Kyoto Manga Museum)
June 14 Farewell to Japan| Visit Space Station and Osaka Dotonbori
June 15 Depart from Tokyo to Boston
Game Design in Japan

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