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ACG308 - Japan Study Tour

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3: Study tour

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Tonya Meyrick


Student completed 8 units of credit, at time of application and permission from the unit chair to enrol


Please note that study tour units may not run each year. Enrolment is always subject to a selection process and approval by the Unit Chair as places are limited. Therefore students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major



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Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 96 hours (16 days of structured activity x 6 hours p/day approx.) over the duration of the study tour while in Japan on group related and individual activities and assignment-related tasks, followed by independently directed assessment activity during the remaining weeks of the trimester (between 40 - 55 hours approximately)


The Japan study tour offers a cross-cultural exchange embedded within creative practice. This is explored through formal and informal activities while surveying Japan’s major cities and cultural sites. The tour provides a unique context for individual students and the study tour group to analyse and reflect upon the different ways creative thinking and research methods can engage with place, identity and meaning. Tour activities include visits to professional studios and contemporary art and design spaces, and collaborative workshops with students and staff from selected institutions such as Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Tama University and Kyoto University of Art and Design and the Kyoto Manga Museum


The study tour unit investigates how history, tradition, art, education, language, ritual, technology, as well as belief systems and other cultural factors influence our ideas about values and our own habits, ourselves and ideas in sometimes unexpected ways. Assignment work and non-assessed tasks draw upon the experiences, insights and new knowledge gained from reflecting on Japan’s rich contribution to creativity and practice.


Field Research 30% Presentation

Project Proposal 40% Presentation and Journal development 

Web Folio 30% 

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