Ikebana: Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Aesthetic Practices


18 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Explore the world of Japanese aesthetics through carefully guided theory and practical exercises. Expand your artistic boundaries and learn the principles of a variety of Japanese aesthetic expressions including Ikebana: the art of Japanese flower arranging, food, gardens, architecture and kimono.

Course content

  • Introduction to Japanese aesthetics
  • Basic Ikebana
  • Elements and principles of design in Ikebana
  • Japanese attitudes towards nature
  • Wabi-Sabi and the Japanese tea house
  • Analysis and discussion of various artworks and Japanese designs
  • Practical exercises applying the principals of Japanese aesthetics to mixed media projects



There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course. Be prepared to complete homework where you analyse an image of work to share your findings in group discussions.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

People who are interested in Japanese Art and Design, and Contemporary Art. Designers, artists and those with an interest in aesthetics who are keen to gain a practical understanding of Japanese aesthetics and Ikebana from a master practitioner.


At the end of the course you will have gained an insight into the theory and practice of Japanese Ikebana. You will have a deeper understanding of the Japanese Aesthetic through the analysis of a number or art and design works that have reference to Japanese Art. You will be able to add another dimension to your own practice in whatever medium you work in.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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