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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.

GFC Christmas party

On December 10th, the GFC course organised a Christmas party, following the Japanese traditions of “Bōnenkai” or “Year-end parties.”
The students and teachers teamed up and made all kinds of dishes from their own country to celebrate the cultural diversity of the students in the program. One of the students even made a wonderful GFC pie!
After dinner, we shared some thoughts on the students’ research and their hopes for the upcoming year.



Applications for 2020 (first session) have ended

The first application period for the academic year 2020 (from April 2020 to March 2022) has ended.
Those who wish to apply for the academic year 2020 still have a chance to apply during the second application period, which will be held around December of this year. Those who wish for more information, please contact us through the contact page, or send us an email to the following address:

BUNKA-ENSAD double degree students fashion show

ENSAD‘s graduation fashion show was organized on the first of July 2019. Our double degree students Viktoria Binger and Rickyy Wong participated in the show, and were able to present their graduation collection at the event.


Rickyy’s collection: Démission de l’amour


Rickyy, walking with his models


Viktoria’s collection: Je suis seulement l’image que tu a créée


Detail from Viktoria’s collection: Pants made from fabric presented by Yohji Yamamoto

Grad school seminar in Hokuryūko

From June 27th  to 29th 2019, the annual grad school seminar was held in Hokuyrūko, Nagano. Every year, the graduating students have to present their thesis topics, and spend a few days together to deepen the bonds between the professors and the students. Following the tradition, this year too, our GFC students participated in the seminar. However, next to presenting their thesis topics, this year the GFC students also organized several workshops linked to their research. There were workshops in photography, sketching and hip-hop dance, in which all the GFC students participated together.

Immersed in nature during our seminar

Photography workshop in action

GFC alumna appearance on NHK

GFC alumna and current administrative assistant Saskia Thoelen appeared as the reporter for Trails to Oishii Tokyo, a television program by NHK World. In this episode, featuring Matcha, Saskia had the opportunity to interview several renowned matcha makers, tea specialists and restaurant owners.

For those who are interested, the program can be seen on-demand through the following link:


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