Adopting an advanced computerization policy, Gifu prefecture, together with Softopia Japan, designed a research and education institution that would act as a hub for cultivating people responsible for supporters of the world of industrial culture. And in 1996, they founded the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences as a European style advanced vocational school.
In the Academy, the Art & Media Labo department, which turned out media masters, and the Multimedia Studio department, which educated information specialists, were established. Students graduating from their local high school and general members of society from other fields came to study at IAMAS. Into the Art & Media Labo department went students from all over the country that, having graduated their undergraduate course, aimed for creative activities and company creation in new transversal research areas, and into the Multimedia Studio department went those that had come to learn creative techniques that utilized information technology. There were students coming from their local high schools, general members of society from other fields, and, there was quite a turnout of students who, graduating both their undergraduate courses and the Studio department, went on to the Labo department. Since then, the Academy has turned out a large number of talented people along with expectation for a new age due to information technology.
In 2001, the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences Media Creation Research department was born as a unique, “one major, one department” educational institution with a capacity of 20 talented students per student year. The following year, in 2002, the Art and Media Labo department was abolished.
IAMAS takes the abbreviation of both the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences and has gathered students from all over Japan.
At the time of the Institute’s opening, the Center for Media Culture (CMC) was established as an auxiliary organization that had promoted exhibitions and publications within and outside of IAMAS, and raised IAMAS to a central media design existence. In 2010, the development of IAMAS’s seeds was desired, including industrial promotion, and its name was changed to the Research Center for Industrial Culture (RCIC). This has allowed IAMAS to include industry to its cultural activities, and it is now producing new media creations for the region and the entire country.
In 2011, the Academy, whose history spanned 16 years, was closed due to the Gifu Prefecture Action Plan.
The Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences Media Creation department, aims for the proposal and implementation of new forms of society and culture for the future through advanced ideas while involving the local region, and has taken a new first step as IAMAS.