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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.

Visit by Prof. Dr. Clemens Thornquist

On October 12th, Prof. Dr. Clemens Thornquist from Böras University in Sweden visited the studio to give some personal advice to the collection path students.
Dr. Thornquist is a design researcher and fashion designer who unites academy and art in his research. During his short stay in Japan he visited Bunka and our GFC course. The master students had the opportunity to shortly present their current works and to receive feedback on their progress.

Applications for 2019 (first session) have ended

The first application period for the academic year 2019 (from April 2019 to March 2021) has ended.
Those who wish to apply for the academic year 2019 still have a chance to apply during the second application period, which will be held around November-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:

Announcement: Transboundary Fashion Seminar 5.1

The upcoming Transboundary Fashion Seminar 5.1 will be held on July 11, 2018 from 18:00 onwards at Bunka Gakuen University.

Concrete program and outline of the seminar:

Transboundary Fashion Seminar 5.1: Fashion Designers’ Practices and Theories

Organized by: JSPS KAKENHI Grant:  “Research for the Development of Theories on Transboundary Fashion, and the Promotion of International Collaboration”

Co-organized by: Bunka Gakuen University, International Communication Centre

Date and time: 11th July, 2018, 18:00-19:30

Venue: Bunka Gakuen University, A051

Fashion designers used to be essentially non-verbal creators and their creations were then verbally translated by fashion journalists. Recent globalization makes fashion designers work with people who do not always share their cultural background, therefore rational explanation with theories has become a new skill for designers. At the same time, when fashion design entered the education curriculum in universities, fashion designers/teachers also had to learn to bridge non-verbal practice and theory.

The Transboundary Fashion Seminar 5.1 invites two fashion designers-educators. They will talk about what globalization and higher fashion education brought to them and their academic response to these two.



18:00   “Introduction and Objective of this Seminar”
Dr. Takagi Yoko, Professor,  Bunka Gakuen University

18:10   Lecture 1:  “RE.KNIT.ED: A Fashion Design Process Upcycling Waste Yarns”
Claudia Lucia Arana Novoa, Assistant, Global Fashion Concentration, Graduate School,  Bunka Gakuen University

18:40   Lecture 2:  “Fish Skin, Sustainability and craft Innovation in the Luxury Industry”
Elisa Palomino, BA Fashion Print Pathway Leader, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

19:10 Discussion