IAMAS

Following the implementation of Gifu prefecture’s information infrastructure promotion initiative, the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences was founded in 1996 modeled like a European-style vocational school. Conceived as an education and research institution, this school was founded together with Softopia Japan to serve as a training center for those who would aid in the genesis of new industry and culture.

Two departments – an Art and Media Laboratory Department to train media masters, and a Multimedia studio department to educate Information Specialists – were created. University graduates from all over the country enrolled in the Art and Media Department with the goal of engaging in creative, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and entrepreneurship. Students from local high schools and adult workers both enrolled in the Multimedia Studio Department to study creative ways to use information technology; and, upon completing the studio program as well as their undergraduate studies, many continued on to the laboratory department. In this way, IAMAS’ graduates spread throughout the country; and with them, anticipation of a new era for IT.

In 2001 IAMAS shifted its policy to admit only a select 20 students, and established a single major and department: Media Creation. So the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences’ Media Creation Department was born, and the following year the Art and Media Laboratory Department was closed.

The name of both schools; the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, and the International Academy of Media arts and sciences were designated by the acronym IAMAS, and students gathered from all over Japan.

At the time of the Institute’s opening, the Cultural Media Center (CMC) was established as a subsidiary organization to engage in publishing and exhibition activities both inside and outside IAMAS. Media Design became the school's driving focus. In 2010 in was decided that IAMAS’s goals should include Industrial promotion, and the name of CMC was changed to the Research Center for Industrial Culture (RCIC). While tackling activities both creative and industrial, IAMAS continues to transmit new media creation to the region and the nation.

In 2011, the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences was shut down as part of Gifu Prefecture’s "Action Plan," closing the doors on the school’s 16 year history.

The Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences Department of Media Creation, while using cutting-edge media to get the region involved in our activities and striving to propose and implement new shapes of future society and culture, has taken the first steps on its new path as IAMAS.

1996

Founding of the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS).
Art and Media Laboratory Department and Multimedia Studio Department established.
Itsuo Sakane appointed first Academy president.
Artist in residence system established.
Construction finished on the Multi-media Workshop.
Logo created (designed by Yasuhito Nagahara).

1997

Construction on the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (RIST) completed.

2000

New school building completed in Ryoukecho.
Four course multimedia studio laboratory system introduced.

2001

Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Media Creation Department graduate course established.
Media Creation Department four studio system begins.
Cultural Media Center established.

2002

Closure of the International Academy of Media Art and Science's Multimedia Laboratory Department.

2003

Todashi Yokoyama appointed 2nd President of Institute and Academy.

2005

Exchange Student Agreement made with Linz university of Art and Industrial Design.

2006

Ceremony held to commemorate the school's 10th anniversary.
Media Creation Department four studio system changed to five studio system.

2009

Atsuhito Sekiguchi appointed third president of Institute and Academy.
Artist in residence system discontinued.

2010

Cultural Media Center reorganized into Research Center for Industrial Cultures.

2011

Agreement concluded with National Institute of Technology Gifu College

2012

Media Creation Department changed from studio system to research field system.
International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences shut down as part of Gifu Prefecture’s "Action Plan."

2013

Shigeki Yoshida appointed fourth president of IAMAS.

2014

School relocated to Softopia Japan complex.
Research field system absorbed into Project system.
RCIC annex shut down due to relocation.

2017

Ceremony held to commemorate the school's 20th anniversary.
Mashiro Miwa appointed fifth president of IAMAS.

Companies that have entered into agreements with IAMAS:

2004
Agreement with Gifu Metalworking Industrial Park Association.
2005
Three-party partnership agreement between IAMAS, Ogaki city, and Gifu Prefecture Print Industry Association Seino Branch
2006
Three-party agreement between IAMAS, Gifu Prefecture, and Microsoft Corporation.
2013
Partnership agreement with the Juroku Bank, Ltd.
2014
Partnership agreement with the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, Ltd.
2014
Partnership agreement with Gifu Industries' Association

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