GFC online student experience during COVID19

Due to COVID19, schools and universities across the globe have taken the education experience online, and the GFC course and Bunka Gakuen University are no exception to this. Since the start of the academic year in April, we have been successful in continuing our full curriculum online, with some face to face classes where possible. Going online brings certain struggles, especially for a fashion course. However, it also allows for new opportunities and roads of exploration. Amidst this situation, we asked our newest students about their experiences with the online curriculum.

Over the last six months, we have participated in online classes with the occasional face-to-face tutorial or workshop session. I was grateful to have landed in Japan before the lockdown began, and as the situation stabilizes, I have been able to enjoy my experience living abroad.  During the lockdown, I adapted my working style and built a home studio to stay motivated with my design practice. I hope to access the Bunka campus facilities soon, but working from home has presented an exceptional challenge to push myself and my abilities. Despite the limitations of online classes, I am taking advantage of this time to enrich my knowledge by pursuing multiple avenues of research.  Being isolated from my instructors and classmates has encouraged me to seek opportunities to work in Tokyo, and I have been able to balance these opportunities with coursework as the year progresses. With lockdown restrictions lifted, it has also been a good time to explore Tokyo and nearby cities safely and to get better acquainted with Japanese culture.  I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the students as they make the move to Japan and to continuing to make the most of this unprecedented learning experience.

Carlin Brown, first year student GFC

When the first semester started, the online classes were quite a struggle. Initially, it was very challenging to communicate with the professors only once a week online, especially regarding the fashion collection, showing samples and fabric manipulations in person. Moreover, due to the time difference, I had to wake up very early in the morning, which interrupted my entire work and sleep routine. 
However, over time, the process got easier because the university was very organized, especially when we started individual sessions. It was still challenging because I prefer to show my work in person as it allows for a better feedback. I had a scanner at home, which made things easier to present but the lack of a proper studio and a work environment affected my efficiency and motivation levels. Despite all that, the teachers are very understanding and each student gets enough time in their one-on-one sessions, which makes the online system work-able. 

Ameena Imran, first year student of GFC

Second application session open

This semester too, GFC will be continuing its curriculum online, combined with some face to face sessions at our campus. Students who had been abroad up until now are also preparing their move to Japan to join us in Tokyo.
This semester too, we are looking forward to welcome new application candidates for the upcoming academic year 2021.

We will start to receive applications for the second session from January 25 to January 28. Advance consultation is needed; so please contact us by December 11 the latest.

For further information concerning the application process, please visit How to apply.

GFC online and face to face sessions

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.

first application session

GFC has adapted to the Coronavirus outbreak continuing our education online and supporting our students outside and inside Japan. Therefore, we are ready to welcome you to apply to our program in 2021.

We will start to receive applications for the first session from September 28 to October 2nd. Advance consultation is needed; please contact us by September 4.

For further information, please visit How to apply.

Depending on COVID-19 situation, there is a possibility of some changes about the examination.
Please check the latest information on the website.