Thinking about applying to fashion school in Japan? Christina shares her story of getting into Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College, the top fashion college in all of Asia!
Christina grew up in Quebec, Canada. She moved to Japan after graduating from McGill university. She's now a third year student at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, the top ranked fashion school in Japan.
In this fourth episode of "My Fashion School in Japan Story", Christina talks about finishing up Japanese language school and applying for Bunka Fashion College. She talks about the process of applying to the school, the requirements, and some of the potential pitfalls.
It's hard to answer every question in a video, so please check out the official Bunka Fashion College website after watching:
In the next episode, Christina will talk about starting classes at Bunka and what it is like to actually attend daily classes at a fashion school in Japan, what the assignments and homework are like, exams, etc. Please check back and leave comments if there are specific things you'd like her to discuss about going to fashion college in Japan.
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Licensed music in this video:
"Be Happy" by Diamond City
Iam from india i want to do study in bunka college but i am unable to read japnees language on website . What they written japnees language nwccesarry ? To getting admision and what about feees per anual year .
I’m trying to figure out what I want to go to school for because I’ve been getting the pressure put on me big time. I really don’t want to do something boring, I’ve always been very creative and artistic. This was really informative and helpful, thank you so much.
thanks for sharing. you said there is some grad school where one can do masters. I am interested in doing masters in fashion and looking for some economical university with a good reputation. that is why considering japan. please help.
I am going to a fine arts high school right now. If I start learning Japanese do you think I would be able to join/apply to Bunka? And would be 4 years of Learning Japanese be good enough to live and study in Japan?
+Tokyo Fashion, All I want to know is how did you pay the tuition fee. Were your parents paying for you or are you doing some job to pay and how did you manage everything like taking Japanese language classes and your food and accommodation? I really don't know because my parents are paying right now for my graduation but it will only be me who will have to pay the fee for my higher education.
I am a student studying Fashion Design at Pearl Academy, New Delhi, India. I want to study in Japan for my higher education!
depends on you , and how fast you can learn it everyone is different some people find it easy and are a key to learn other languages quickly where as other it's complicating and becomes a long process x
+Sailor Angel certainly there are several language schools which you can enroll for in Japan. But it's still advisable that you finish learning Japanese at least N2 in our home country. Cuz Japanese isnt easy to cope with at all, so learn it in your mother language will make it easier. More over, I think learning language in Japan, especially Tokyo will cost a fortune. You should consider it :)
+ilov04 you can find detail information on Bunka website. It says that particularly in the entrance exam, there will be a writing essay task which is similar to N2 level. Then you'll take a group interview. I heard that Bunka's acceptance rate is about 97% so provided that you have a good command of Japanese, dont worry anyways
Hi Christina! I just want you to thank you for posting this video!
I'm a graduate student from my country's university as well, and at first I thought I should have some experience in fashion design (which I am not, but I was in visual design major) to entering bunka college. But, after watching your video, I feels like I'm not alone and should go for it instead! (lol)
Anyway, did you take the scholarship program from MEXT? I wish I could discuss with you about enrolling in bunka because it would be nice to get an insider insight about the college :))
... Are you rich or something like that? xD Or Do you word and study at the same time? I did't mean something bad if you think, but u know the money moves the world, hace a nice day., thank you to share.
Thanks for sharing!
It's so good this page not only have wonderful street fashion shoots but also cares to have vlogs as Cristina's and Ellanor's about differents topics related to fashion and living in Japan.
I've already got a quite advanced knowledge about fashion and how to make clothes but my japanese knowledge is.... very limited hahahaha ;----; so I guess something like that fashion school won't be an option for me, sadly.
+Michael Qing I'm not on health tied with fashion though I'm on just plain out clothes fashion. I'm just interested in making clothes not models and health that's why we are not stepping on the same page.
Love the video, it's super informative. ^^I checked out the entrance information on Bunka's site after watching this, and it all seems quite doable, except for one thing. It says, "Applicants should have a reliable guarantor living in Tokyo or its vicinity willing to care for the student during his / her stay in Japan." Well, I don't know anyone in Japan, at all. :( And even if I did, I'm pretty sure we'd have to be quite close for me to impose on them for 3 years or however long I'd be there. What did you do for that, Christina?
Hi! Thanks so much for watching! :3
To be honest, getting a guarantor is the trickiest part about applying to any school in Japan (not just Bunka...) I ended up asking a friend to be mine... Honestly, providing you have a good attendance record and pay your fees on time, the school should have no reason to contact your guarantor, so it isn't really a huge burden on that person. But yeah, if you don't have someone who can act as yours the best thing to do would be to contact the school directly and ask how to procede. Hope this helps! :)
When you went to language school, did you go there as a bloody beginner or did you already had some knowledge of japanese? And how is that school called you went to? Because I have always been interested in fashion and I still don´t know what to do in the future :) So in that 6-7 months what kind of stuff did you all learn?
Sorry for asking so much xD You would be a great help ^-^
Christina you're so sweet! The way you deliver information is perfect. Specially for the part of the audience that might be hesitant, intimated, or overwhelmed by the idea of studying abroad. I'm loving this series & your charisma!
she seems kinda wealthy as she study at a university which is kinda epesensive and then studyed at jappen and also to rent a a place in Japan is very expensive, so you'll need quite abit of savings and some backup money incase it all goes down hill x
i love the way you speak! everything is so clear and concise that my brain just absorbs every word. could you possibly touch up on your exp living in a guest house or share house? i'm not sure which is correct. thanks for making these informative vids! hope to see more :)
whoops! sorry for the reallllllly delayed response!!! i would love to hear your pros and cons and experiences! theres not many videos on youtube that shines light on guest houses ;-; most I've seen were private apartments house tours. also, thank you for all the detailed info on bunka. through your videos, I'm considering to apply for the next year. blerp, but... my japanese is totes not jlpt n2... yet ;-; i plan on moving to japan the end of the year to enroll in language school -crossing fingers- lawddd pls
Thanks so much for watching! :3
To be honest, most western foreigners at Bunka have English as a second language (not native), so it really shouldn't be a problem! Either way, classes are taught in Japanese, not English!
It's easiest to apply from within the country, but it's still doable from abroad! :)
to those who are considering bunka institute of language, here is the helpful link: http://www.bunka-bi.ac.jp/en/faq/index.html .. BIL will help you out during bunka fashion college / university / etc. application period :D
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