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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Trimester 3
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:

ArtsEd ACG308 Japan Study Tour


Dates: 10 November – 1 December 2018 (exact dates TBC)

Applications open now! Closing Sunday 13 May 2018. 

INFORMATION SESSION: Tuesday 8th May 1:00 - 1:50PM in P3.14 (Burwood). 

Geelong Waterfront details TBC. 

Explore Japan’s contradictions: from Harajuku pop culture to the temples and old market streets of Kyoto.

This study tour highlights how traditional and emerging art practices and technologies converge within contemporary Japanese culture, focusing on interdisciplinary practices within the screen and design disciplines. This unit engages with divergent Japanese cultures - from high concept art and design to anime, film, manga and street and game cultures, through visits to key places of interest including Akihabara, Ginza design precinct, Omotesando, Shibuya and the world heritage listed temples and shrines of Kyoto.

The study tour experience will inform new work and new understandings of the research process for students in Animation and Visual Communication Design as well as other creative arts disciplines. The following different modes of study will be conducted throughout the study tour:

• Field trips to major locations of cultural significance to the history of art, technology, popular culture and design of Japan.
• Guided visits to major cultural institutions in Tokyo and Kyoto
• Assignment tasks carried out in a variety of inter-disciplinary contexts and spaces.
• Discussion and presentation sessions with students from partner universities including Tama Art University in Tokyo and Kyoto Seika University.

Faculty-led study programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.


To be eligible to apply for the Screen and Design Study Tour students must have:

  • completed at least 8 units of study. Preference will be given to students to have completed the 8 credit points at the time of application.
  • And have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application. 

Acceptance into the program and access to enrol in study tour unit is subject to selection process with academic coordinators.

Unit enrolment:

Students will only be able to enrol in a study tour in StudentConnect after they have been offered a place in a program. The Work Integrated Learning Team will issue students accepted into the study tour with access to enrol in ACG308. 

Course Advice:

Students should seek course advice prior to applying for this study tour, to ensure they have space for the study tour unit. Contact a Student Adviser here, or speak to the ArtsEd WIL team. 

Travel arrangements:

All participants depart as a group from Melbourne, and have accommodation, flights an on-ground arrangements managed through Deakin’s travel agency, Reho Study Tours. 

You are welcome to undertake your own leisure travel, however this must be after your study tour – not beforehand. Students can modify their return flight once they are in contact with Reho.

Please note: 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. If you are unsure as to whether this unit fits within your course structure, please contact your faculty course advisor.

Cost and Funding Studying overseas doesn't need to break the bank. You could be eligible for financial assistance to help with the cost of travel, accommodation and program costs.

Cost: $6,000 (To be confirmed)
What is included in the program price: Items not included that the students should budget for:
• Return flights
• Twin share accommodation
• All meals
• All In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and visits to cultural sites 
 Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Vaccinations
• Spending money
• Meals not specified on the itinerary


Available only for students on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The maximum loan a student can borrow for this study tour in 2018 is $7,998. There is also a supplementary amount of $1,065 if you will be undertaking Japanese language study in preparation for study in Japan.  

To access the OS-HELP Loan students must have completed minimum eight (8) credit points at the time of application and be able to demonstrate at minimum one (1) Deakin credit point would be completed in a trimester after the study tour. 

We recommend students apply for their OS-HELP Loan as soon as they are accepted and enrol into the study tour unit. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines set by Reho Study Tours are mandatory, regardless of the status of an OS-HELP Loan application.Further eligibility criteria applies. See link below.

Find out more about the OS-HELP Loan here.

Youth Allowance and Austudy

If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Travel Insurance

As a Deakin student travelling on a Deakin program, your travel insurance is free of charge for the duration of your Deakin overseas program. The insurance provided will even cover you for up to 10 days of leisure travel absolutely free!

Registration is not automatic you will need to register for your travel insurance. You will find a link to the registration form the in the DeakinAbroad Portal, once you are made an offer into an overseas program. 

Find out more information about Deakin International Travel Insurance here.
Application Process

How to apply for the Screen and Design Study Tour: 

Apply via the 'Apply Now' link on this page. Applications will close Sunday 13 May. In your online application in the Deakin Abroad Portal, you will need to complete:
a) Study Tour Application - Arts and Education
b) Student Agreement

Incomplete applications will be ineligible.
2. INTERVIEW (late May/early June)
Shortlisted applications will be invited to an interview with the academic program coordinators. All correspondence will be sent to your Deakin email and/or mobile number listed in your StudentConnect.
3. RECEIVE YOUR OFFER (approx. 1 week after interviews)
You will be contacted via Deakin email with your application outcome after the interview.
If you are accepted onto the study tour you will be asked to confirm your offer and register on the Deakin Abroad Portal. This is a mandatory part of studying overseas with Deakin. You will also be provided with information from Reho Study Tours, the travel agency who will manage arrangements for this program.
If you intending to apply for an OS-HELP Loan, you should submit your OS-HELP application as soon as you receive your offer and have accepted your place.

Student Experiences

Japan study tour

Past Student Testimonials

"While it’s one thing to be able to put this on the resume I feel like it’s so much more than that, the whole experience on tour as well as being lucky enough to exhibit at 3331 Arts Chiyoda was incredible. I love that it gave us real life experience with what it takes to curate an exhibition as well as collaborate with other artists to produce a physical artwork that was completely different and didn’t directly relate to only one discipline, but included aspects from multiple disciplines such as Film/Tv, Design, Animation, Visual Arts and Creative writing."

"The study tour was an amazing experience where not only during the free time but also the planned activities allowed friendships to form that were strengthened during the construction of our pieces for the exhibition."

"I’ve only done art, design and one photography unit so getting to know and work with students of the other creative disciplines and seeing how they work was great."

"The experience of interacting with a gallery setting was invaluable because I’m sure many of us will go on to exhibit or present our work in some way. I hope the students that go on this study tour also get the opportunity of exhibiting in 3331 Arts Chiyoda or another contemporary art gallery because it’s a great idea!"

You can also watch a video made from one of the past years program:

Further Enquiries


Questions about applying, financial assistance, course planning for overseas experiences: 

Work Integrated Learning 
  • Email:
  • Phone: 03 9246 8759
  • Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
  • Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107

Screen & Design Study Tour academic leaders:
Rose Woodcock and Maria Bates 


This program is currently not accepting applications.