Tama Art University, founded in 1935, is the traditional private art educational institution in Japan. Ever since its foundation, TAU has encouraged freedom of expression while at the same time stressing the importance of discipline and individual responsibility. By maintaining this balance in the 21st century, the university intends to continue to make a major contribution to 1 art education in Japan. TAU is often referred to as “Tamabi”, a shortened form of the Japanese name Tama Bijutsu (art) Daigaku (university). Tamabi has two campuses: the main campus in Hachioji City, on the western edge of Greater Tokyo, and the older Kaminoge campus near the center of the capital. The university offers wide range of art and design courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and current enrolment is about 4,700. The Hachioji campus has recently undergone extensive expansion and both campuses offer 2 excellent facilities, ranging from 3 fully-equipped sculpture, printmaking, textiles and craft workshops to state-of-the-art multi-media design studios.