Amidst the COVID19 pandemic, GFC has been organising online classes to ensure that both students who were in Tokyo and students who weren’t able to enter Japan had full access to all contents of the program.
Even though the class timetable was conducted according to the Tokyo time zone, we managed to adjust some individual session timings to the time zones of students outside of Japan, which allowed them to follow classes comfortably most of the time.
During the semester, we were also still able to invite guest speakers and experts on different topics to talk with our students. We even managed to continue some workshops on kimono wearing and family crest making, which the students definitely enjoyed.
From the second semester onward, our students outside of Japan were finally allowed to enter the country, and we hope to welcome them in Tokyo soon.
In the meantime, GFC worked hard to plan some face to face sessions alongside the online lessons that we offer to our students. So far, we have conducted a few sessions, and the students were very happy to be able to go to campus, meet their peers in real-life, and to get some hands-on advice from the GFC teachers. As the COVID19 situation in Japan seems to be stable for the moment, we hope to continue this part online part face to face system for the rest of the semester.
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The Global Fashion Concentration (GFC) has been founded for students who wish to gain their MA in fashion and textile studies in English. It strives to bridge theory and practice within a global context with a focus on fashion related art and design. As the course is based in Japan, there are classes offered on Japanese aesthetics and language. An array of trans-disciplinary subjects related to fashion are offered. The core subject of the GFC, titled "Project Research", is led by specialists and industry counterparts and is designed to allow students to develop their individual research proposals both in practice and theory. Students will have access to Bunka’s celebrated fashion library and world-class fashion museum for research and inspiration. Additionally, internships at high profile Japanese brands such as Anrealage, as well as the National Art Center enable students to implement real world connections between concept and practical knowledge. To be eligible to graduate, students are required to complete either a full Master’s thesis, or a collection.
In 2016, GFC launched a double degree program with the prestigious Parisian design school École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). Students enrolled in this program will have the opportunity to present their MA project at the ENSAD final collection show and exhibition in Paris.
GFC is a concentrated program: Excellence in creation and skill as well as strong motivation, commitment and patience will be required. Successful graduates will be candidates for employment in all areas and levels of the fashion industry across the world, including design, journalism, fashion buying, curation, and academia.
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