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2018 Summer, Japan

Students standing on the beach at sunset
2017 Spring semester program Japan 

GAME 2001 Games and Arts in Japan (GDAN, Game Design elective) 3 cr, no prerequisites

Professor: Jonathan Amakawa

Just as Fine Arts students have traditionally studied abroad in Italy or France in order to gain insight into the foundations of Western Art, a strong argument can be made that Game Design majors should similarly study abroad in Japan, a key contributor to the development of the modern Video Game Industry. 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. The course will culminate in a study abroad trip to Japan at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. This trip has been extended to three weeks this year.

You can apply to this program through this link. 

Sample of the cultural activities and excursions in this program include:

  • Akihabara Otaku tour
  • Walking tour: Shibuya to Harajuku
  • Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum
  • Kanagawa Institute of Technology program
  • Day trip to Kamakura; Zeniarai Benten Shrine, Great Buddha, Hasedera, Enoshima Island
  • Matsumoto City Castle
  • Kyoto: Sannen-zaka/Ninen-zaka streets, Pontocho, Gion Walking Tour, Sanjusangendo Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo forest, Kiyomizu-dera, Daitokuji Temple Complex, Day trip to Mt Hiei or Tofukuji Temple

Program Dates (dates are approximate until plane tickets are purchased) Thursday May 25, 2018 to Friday June 8, 2018.

Program Fees: this is an estimated budget

Program Fees*

(approximate until plane tickets are purchased)

$3275* on-site fees

$1600 airfare (estimated!!!!)

Total program fees: $4875*

Program Fee includes*...
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Housing
  • in-country transportation
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • On-site Director
...but does not include...
  • Cost of GCE course
  • Some meals 
  • Spending money 

Payment #1

March 15, 2018: $2000

Final Payment

April 6, 2018: $2975


All payments are made to Student Accounts, deposits will be posted to your account according to the dates above.

Refund Policy: After April 6, 2018 all money paid is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitchburg State University.