The Global Fashion Concentration course (グローバルファッション専修) is part of Bunka Gakuen University’s Graduate School department of Fashion and Living Environment Studies (生活環境学研究科), and is one of the master programs under the umbrella of Clothing Science Studies (被服学専攻).
Following the course director, Prof. Dr. Takagi‘s specialization, the Global Fashion Concentration has a strong focus on research from the fields of Art History, Design history, Art Science, Visual Studies, and Representation studies. Students who wish to apply for the course should take this into consideration when developing their personal research themes.
The Global Fashion Concentration program consists of two paths:
1. a full thesis path
2. a collection work path.
When applying for the program, students are required to select one of these paths based on their education background. However, applicants have to keep in mind that the GFC program’s main goal is to combine theory with practice, and therefore the two paths are not completely separated.
The full thesis path is aimed at students who wish to complete a full Master thesis as their graduate submission. Eligible students will have completed their Bachelor degree in fashion or related fields, and will have experience in writing an academic work.
Students will work on their research subject until the end of the two-year program. Thesis guidance will start from the beginning of the program to guide the students towards a fitting research theme, but it is only from the second year onward that the students will fully engage with their final research topic.
However, next to the Master thesis research, the students will engage in design classes that are offered in the program, in order to get a deeper understanding of how fashion design works. The main idea behind this lies in the fact that one can only truly understand how fashion and clothing works, when one has an insight in how fashion and clothing work concretely. Therefore, students will be asked to participate in design classes (which will be adjusted to their level and needs), and workshops by visiting designers and lecturers.
The collection work path is aimed at students who wish to complete a practical work in the form of a collection combined with a half-thesis. Eligible students will have completed their Bachelor degree in fashion design and related fields, and who have experience in design and production.
Students will start of working on their shorter thesis while keeping in mind a link between their research project and their future collection. The students will be working on their thesis until May of the second year. After completion of their thesis, the students will start working on their collection/practical work until the end of the program. There will be guidance for the students on the writing of their thesis, and the development of their collection/practical work.
Also in this path, the link between theory and fashion is valued highly. Through writing a thesis and conducting research on an academic level, students are engaged to approach their collection from a new academic perspective. This will allow them to broaden their design vision and contribute to the fashion field in an original way.
During the program, the students will take part in classes that will encourage their academic thinking and writing, while participating in design classes and workshops.
In both paths, the students will also take up general classes such as “Japanese Art and Design” or “Basic Japanese” in order to develop a more profound understanding of Japan, the country they will be residing during the program.
Even though the paths of each individual student are separated, design students and full thesis students will have classes together, in order to encourage the exchange of experience from different backgrounds, and in order to strengthen the goal of combining theory with practice.