Tokyo-based Bunka is Japan’s highest-profile fashion school group and one of the most prestigious. Bunka Fashion College divides its teaching into four fashion programmes: creation; technology; marketing and distribution; and accessories and textiles. Dressmaking is a required class for all students, and is taught using the college’s own fashion textbook system. Courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programs (offered at Bunka Gakuen University and Bunka Gakuen Fashion University) are predominantly taught in Japanese. Nonetheless, the programmes have an international student body and approximately a quarter of students enrolled in Bunka Fashion College courses are from out of country. According to the comment of an international student in our survey, language and cultural differences can be challenging, but the school has proved accommodating and helpful. Students ranked the facilities, resources and faculty skills highly. Meanwhile, digital innovation, business, marketing and sustainability courses scored marginally above average compared to the scores of other institutions. The school’s career services are highly regarded by students. The school’s alumni include the most prominent Japanese fashion designers, which has created a global and active network of alumni.
Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Fashion Business Administration
Student & Alumni Comments
"Bunka is a great school to study the technical aspects of the fashion industry with a lot of in depth insight into brands founded by former students of the school. The network within school is strengthened by projects involving different departments."
"I'm studying all parts of fashion. Technology, fashion design, illustration, business and producing. I often have the opportunity to listen to lectures from famous designers. I think it is best fashion school in the all the world if you want to became a true specialist in fashion."
"It's good to study here if you would like to learn professional techniques. But, if you want to learn concept of design, it's better for you to choose school in Europe or America."
"Great so far. The school has great facilities, and an in-depth technical curriculum that teaches the necessary skills to succeed in the Japanese fashion industry. As a foreigner going to the school, language and cultural differences can be difficult, however I feel the school is very accommodating and helpful."
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