ISI YOGYAKARTA : AT A GLANCE
Indonesia Institute of Arts, known as Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta officially was commenced as a State Institute on 23rd of July 1984, under the Presidential Decree No.39/1984. ISI Yogyakarta upholds a well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence that dates back to the formative years of art education in Yogyakarta stemming from the establishment of ASRI Visual Art Academy in 1950, AMI Music Academy in 1952, and ASTI Dance Academy in 1961. Following the amalgamation of the three in 1984, ISI Yogyakarta has become the largest arts institution in Indonesia that operates under its own Statute and Bylaws with main source of funding from Government grants in addition to student tuition fees.
The Minister of Education and Culture appoints a governing board that includes rector, vice-rectors, and deans, who administer the daily affairs of the institution. Fundamentally, the Senate which is composed of professors, faculty members, and top administrative officers defines the institution policy as a whole to which includes determining the conditions for admission, granting of degree, authorizing and supervising courses and curricula, and advising the Institute administrators on budgets, faculty appointments and promotions.
Since its early days, ISI Yogyakarta upholds a tradition of excellence and great achievement in terms of its outcome and output. Accolades include the well-established ISI Yogyakarta Symphony Orchestra that regularly performs on a national platform, the many performing art groups which have performed worldwide, and the extensive list of Indonesian master artists who are students of ISI Yogyakarta. Additionally, ISI Yogyakarta Gallery with its vast collection of visual art and photographic masterpieces has not only become a model for art archive but also the stimulus for scholarly art critiques.
VISION, MISSION, AND OBJECTIVE
In regards to the primary vision as the centre of excellence of art education, ISI Yogyakarta strives to conduct exemplary education in the fields of art creation and research which is attuned to the technology advancements through intellectual or emotional transformation. Objectively, ISI Yogyakarta aims to create a future Indonesian generation with solid integrity to State Ideology Pancasila, able to professionally conduct their duties in the community as skilful and creative artists retaining a scholarly attitude and competency, and maintaining a sense of responsibility, awareness, and commitment in developing the national culture, in accordance with their services for the nation and character building.
ISI Yogyakarta has three faculties, which offers eight-semester study programs leading to Undergraduate Bachelor Degree in Arts. Additionally, the Graduate programs of Master Degrees in Research and Artworks Creativity have been established since the year of 2000, while Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Creative Arts programs have been established since the year of 2006. The faculties are as follow:
Faculty of Visual Art
- Department of Fine Arts, which offers courses in producing the qualified graduate of fine arts majoring in painting and drawing, sculpture, and printmaking.
- Arts Management (D4 Vocational) Study Program is a vocational program implemented in 8 semesters and housed within the Faculty of Fine Arts, since 2014. This study program is the first in Indonesia for applied (D4) graduate. It concentrates in arts management of fine arts, performing arts, recording media arts, culture, and tourism.
- Department of Crafts, which offers courses in acquiring the scientific bases to solve craft problems, the craft media, creative and innovative technique for the development of knowledge, technology and craft creation majoring in wooden, metal, batik and tenun textile, ceramic, and leather crafts.
- Batik and Fashion (D3 Vocational) Study Program, which offers courses focusing on learning batik and fashion, acquiring the skills, and building the entrepreneurship.
- Department of Design, which offers three study programs of interior design, visual communication design, and product design.
Faculty of Performing Arts
- Department of Dance, which offers courses in dance performance and choreography, both modern and traditional.
- Department of Karawitan Music, which offers courses in Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese music performance and composition.
- Department of Ethnomusicology, which offers courses in Indonesian ethnic music, from Sabang to Merauke in terms of practices, concepts, and cultures.
- Department of Theatre, which offers courses in Dramaturgy, Directing, Artistic Management, Script Writing, and Acting Concentration
- Department of Puppetry, which offers courses in Wayang Performance, Puppetry Education, Tradition Puppetry
- Musical Arts Study Programs, which offers courses an Academic Education of Musical Arts, as the sub branch of performing arts of undergraduate level, which is equal to the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
- Music Composition Study programs, which offers courses in mastering a knowledge base and practical skills in new music compisition.
- Music Education Study Programs, which offers courses in enhancing knowlege, experience, and musical skills relating to music education analysis and competence.
- Music Performance Study Programs (Vocational), which offers courses in mastering a knowledge base and practical skills in playing music instruments, in analyzing and interpreting classical, pop, and jazz music
- Study Program of Sendratasik Education (Drama, Dance and Music) is opened to meet the needs of arts educators (in drama, dance and music) who are skillful, creative and righteous.
Faculty of Recording Media Arts
- Department of Photography, which offers courses in learning photographic art and in creating photography artworks.
- Department of Television, which offers courses in learning the process and creating the audiovisual forms, having the abilities in theoritical study, creating, and television management.
- Department of Animation (D3/Vocational), which offers courses in learning the principal and techniques in animation field, formed using the basic of animation discipline.
The City Campus of ISI Yogyakarta at Suryodiningratan is the home for the S2 (Master Program) and S3 (Doctor of Philosophy Program). The Graduate Programs, both S2 and S3, consist of two concentrations:
- Penciptaan Seni (Creative Arts Program).
- Pengkajian Seni (Research Arts Program).
RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
ISI Yogyakarta academic staffs are encouraged to engage in research and community service activities, within the framework of the Government Master plan. Research topics include the various aspects of the Indonesian arts, or inventory process of the artworks. Faculty and students are also involved in counseling the community to meet the need of skill improvements of some particular art-groups. These activities, worth millions of Rupiah yearly, are coordinated through the research and community service institutions. Meanwhile, collaborative programs have been successfully developed in organizing exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, and master classes conducted by visiting artists, or co-sponsoring lectures and research projects by visiting scholars under sponsorship of foreign cultural agencies, such as, Dutch Cultural Center ‘Erasmus Huis’, The Japan Foundation, Australian Cultural Counselor, The British Council, Goethe Institute, American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, Australian Embassy, Indian Embassy, Mexican Embassy, Austrian Embassy, Korean Embassy, and French Cultural Center. The collaborating overseas institutions are as follows:
- University of California Los Angeles, USA
- Miami Dade College, USA
- Esterhazy Karoly University of Apllied Sciences, Hungary
- Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
- Osaka City University, Japan
- Korean National University of Arts, South Korea
- Tainan National University of Arts,Taiwan
- Taipei National University of Arts, Taiwan
- Silpakorn University, Thailand
- Hochscule Hannover University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
- Amsterdam University, the Netherlands
- Univeristi Technology MARA, Malaysia
- John Abbot College, Canada
- The Superior Arts School of Pyrenees, France
- The University of Hawai at Manoa, USA
- Central Academy of Fine Arts, China
The main campus is located at Sewon, about six kilometers to the south of the city on the highway to Parangtritis beach resort that is easily reached by public transportations. Sewon is a lively suburb area within Bantul district, where access, amenities, and accommodation are plentiful. For students, there are many accommodation and transport options to suit every budget. Sewon campus is the Institute’s newest campus occupied since 1986, on a 2550 square meters land, with facilities including administrative buildings and academic buildings, as well as modern study facilities of studios, auditoriums, pendapa, library, art-gallery, mosque, student’s center, language center, multimedia production house, cafetaria, and sport centers of tennis court and soccer field. The main pendapa and auditorium is almost finished with facilities that include shopping arcades of the arts for touristy purpose.
ISI Yogyakarta attracts many of young, bright, and talented students from all over the country mainly from Java, Bali and Sumatera where secondary schools of art have been flowering in those big cities. The number of applicants each year grows immensely. During the 1990s over 2000 applications were received every year. Presently, there are over 3000 students registered. ISI Yogyakarta also welcomes the application from overseas students who are interested in learning the Indonesian traditional art, mostly as non-degree program students. Courses on traditional dance, karawitan music, and batik craft are the most popular study programs for overseas students amounted to 25-40 international students each year.