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Description of Bunka Fashion College

  • Established: 1919
  • Location: Shinjuku and Tokyo, Japan
  • Language of instruction: Japanese, English
  • Number of students: 10,000
  • Type: state
  • Rating: 7th place in the ranking of the 50 best design schools in the world according to Fashionista magazine.

Bunka College was founded in 1919 by Isaburo Namiki as a small private sewing school for girls and was called the Namiki dressmaking school. By 1936, the educational institution has grown markedly, which became the reason for obtaining college status. The school was renamed Bunka College in honor of belonging to the Bunk Educational Foundation.

At that time, European-style clothing in Japan was a luxury accessible only to well-off families. The management emphasized just the design and tailoring of modern European models. After the Second World War, a new round in the development of the college began: he began to accept foreign students into his ranks.

The institution is famous for the comprehensive support of students. The Soen contest is held annually, thanks to which young designers can make themselves known to the whole world. Some gifted students enter into contracts with fashion houses before graduating from alma mater. The forces of students and teachers issued the eponymous award-winning fashion magazine.

The college works closely with the St. Martins School of London and the Parsons School of Design in New York: students release collaborative projects and take part in shows.

Among the famous graduates-fashion designers:

  • Tsumori Chisato
  • Takeo Kikuchi
  • Misha Jannet (blogger)
  • Naomi Nishida
  • Sebastiano Serafini
  • Shingo Sato
  • Tomoe Sinohara
  • Junya Watanabe.

The educational institution regularly occupies high positions in the world ratings of design educational institutions. So, in 2015, Bunka Fashion College became the best fashion school according to Business of Fashion.

The educational process lasts four years: the first two years, students listen to the general course of lectures, from the third year they are divided into groups by specialty. Students study design, fashion history, fashion theory, fashion production features.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Bunka Fashion College

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All year round
from 14000.00 $ / year
from 14000.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The educational institution does not have its own hostel, students are invited to find housing in the city. There are several cafeterias and canteens in the building of the educational building, providing meals for students and teachers.


  • World-famous educational institution for the training of designers and fashion designers
  • The college has about 70 branches throughout Japan
  • A large number of famous graduates
  • Annual updating of the material and technical base
  • World-famous teachers
  • Regular high positions in fashion school ratings
  • The possibility of concluding contracts during training
  • In 2018, Fashionista recognized Bunk College as the best fashion school in Asia.

Facilities and equipment at Bunka Fashion College

The educational building is a 21-story building in the prestigious area of Tokyo. All conditions have been created for training: classrooms, sewing rooms, design rooms, classrooms, lecture halls and display rooms.

The college's material and technical base is updated annually. So, mannequins are made by special order and by standards that correspond to the generally accepted in the model world for this year.

Admission dates and extra charges

The school year at Bunka Fashion College traditionally begins in September.

The main expense item is payment for living in a city: renting a one-room apartment in Tokyo will cost $ 500-700 per month. Additional expenses include payment of meals and travel to the educational building.

Students at their own expense purchase materials - sometimes expensive - for sewing products.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

In order to become students of the Bunk Fashion School, an applicant must:

  • Pass the Japanese Nihongo Noreku Shiken exam
  • Have an interview
  • Provide a letter of motivation
  • Confirm art skills.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

Review about Bunka Fashion College

Hi, I'd like to ask does doing to language school classify as part of the 12 year education?
Manager SMAPSE
Hi Minnie! Answering your question I believe that the language school is aimed at increasing the level of knowledge of the Japanese language. In order to complete 12 year education, you must complete a preparatory Foundation program.
hi i from malaysia . i wanted to ask if after from 5 are we allow to enter the collage even have bad grade . and if i want to join how much should be pay in rmb cause i not sure . and are all subjek is in japanese . Do they have student services like pick student from airport
Dear Aries, to get acquainted with Bunka Fashion College, you can visit their official website or contact the admissions office. Unfortunately, we are not working with this institution.
Is there grant-based training? Can I enroll after grade 11 or do I need to finish all 12 classes? Or can I enroll after grade 10?
Manager Smapse
Hello! To enter Japan for a bachelor's degree, a 12-year school education is required, so after the 11th grade of a Russian school, you need to either study for a year at a university in the Russian Federation / CIS, or enroll in a preparatory program in Japan (1-2 years). Unfortunately, we do not deal with grants and scholarships. We can help you with enrollment in the University Preparation Course if necessary.
Buenas Bunka. Me inquieta una duda, necesito tener preparatoria terminada para aplicar el espacio. Ó aceptan con secundaria. ありがとう
Manager Smapse
Hola! Nuestro gerente se comunicará con usted por correo electrónico para aclarar el problema.
Hi there, I'm an international student, id like to know if the programme in taught in English or id have to entirely learn Japanese t be applicable?
Adetutu good afternoon! Training in Bunka Fashion College takes place in 2 languages (English and Japanese), specific language depending on the chosen program.
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