Applications for 2019 have ended

We would like to inform that the second application period for the academic year 2019 has ended. With this all applications for the upcoming academic year have been completed. Those who wish to apply to the course, new application periods for the academic year 2020 will be held around September and December 2019. For those who have questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our ✉ mail address.

Applications for 2019 are open!

The second application period for the academic year 2019 (from April 2019 to March 2021) is open.
Those who wish to apply, please read through the application procedures, and contact us through sending us a mail to this address by by December 7 (Fri), 2018.
We will arrange a Skype interview meeting for those who are interested in applying to the course. Those who wish to conduct Skype interviews earlier than December 7th, can ask for this in their mail.

We especially welcome design students who wish to combine theory with practice. Of course, full thesis applicants are also welcome!

For questions, don’t hesitate to contact us either through our contact page or our mail address.

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