Explore Japanese arts and cultural heritage Explore Japanese arts and cultural heritage

27 July - 17 August 2019

Academic leads: Jennifer Coates and Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer 

Accreditation: Non-accredited

Academic level: Advanced Undergraduate or Postgraduate 

The Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities invites applications for an intensive three-week postgraduate level programme in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage. With the support of the Ishibashi Foundation we offer full bursaries to all successful applicants accepted on to the course. The bursary covers tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch on working days, study trips and a contribution towards travel costs. Applications are invited from any country from advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students with a demonstrable interest in the field.

Classes will take place on the UEA campus, home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the historic centre of the city of Norwich. Taught by leading specialists in the field, this programme offers an exceptional opportunity for students to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of Japanese arts and cultural heritage.

Field trips may include:

Major museums with Japanese collections and significant cultural heritage sites in London and Norfolk.

By the end of this module students will:

  • Be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context
  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s artistic and cultural traditions
  • Have an appreciation of the global significance of Japanese arts, cultures and heritage
  • Use enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studied in oral and written formats


The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest debates in Japanese arts, cultures and heritage. No specific prior knowledge is required except a strong desire and willingness to learn and engage. 


The Ishibashi Foundation is supporting 20 funded places for the Ishibashi Summer Fellowship at UEA. 

Once you have completed your Summer Study at UEA application form, you will be sent a link to submit your supporting statement. 

The application deadline for the Ishibashi Summer Fellowship is 31 March 2019

2018 Module Outline - 2019 available soon! 

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