Inside Bunka Fashion College
With a history spanning nearly a century, it would be no exaggeration to say that the history of Bunka Fashion College is synonymous with that of fashion education in Japan, and, in fact, Japanese fashion. That is because Bunka Fashion College has been a central actor playing a leading role in Japanese fashion education, continually responding to the demands of the times since the Taisho Era (1912 - 1926), when Western clothing began to become prevalent in Japan. When first established, the college facilitated the growth and improvement of fashion culture in Japan, and since the Second World War it has trained talented people for the fashion industry.
With increased demand for talent capable of meeting the needs of the global fashion industry since the beginning of the 21st century, Bunka Fashion College’s curriculums have been developed to a high standard of international excellence. The college continues to evolve, embracing internationalization, digitization, cutting-edge technology, and the use of the latest equipment in order to serve as a center for disseminating information about fashion throughout the world.
In the two-year Garment Creation course, students acquire specialized knowledge and skills as they create fashion items. The curriculum covers comprehensive study focused on garment creation. Students wanting to acquire a higher level of specialized skills can go on to a third year of study in the advanced course in fashion creation, in which they choose a specialization—Fashion Design, Fashion Creation Technique, or Haute Couture—based on their career goals, and hone their specialized knowledge and skills. Designed for graduates of specialized vocational schools, junior colleges, and universities, Intensive Garment Creation is a one-year course that teaches everything from fashion basics to practical application.
The four-year Creative Design (Advanced Diploma) course aims to foster talent who will become leaders in the apparel industry possessing comprehensive knowledge and skills applicable to a wide range of fields in the industry. In the first year of the three-year program, students acquire basic knowledge and skills pertaining to each specialized field and engage in an overall study of apparel in the Foundations of Fashion Technology course. In their second year, students choose a specialization—Creative Apparel Design, Apparel Design Technique, Industrial Merchandising, or Knitwear Design—and acquire specialized knowledge and skills in that area.
In the two-year Foundations of Styling and Distribution course, students study the basics of distribution their first year, and in their second year choose a specialization—Fashion Styling, Fashion Advising, Retail Planning, Fashion Modeling, or Fashion Make Up—in which they acquire specialized knowledge and skills in that field. Students can go on to further study in the advanced course in fashion marketing and distribution, in which they choose from among three fields of specialization. Students build on specialities studied in their first two years, and develop richer practical abilities, while fostering a broader perspective.