Application Guide for Admission

Entrance Examination Schedule

Entrance Examination Classification General entrance examination Working people entrance examinaton
Graduate Course Offered Graduate school of Fashion Business
(Coeducation)
Graduate school of Fashion Business
(Coeducation)
Fashion Creation Fashion Management Fashion Management
Fashion Design Course Fashion Technology Course Fashion Business
Administration Course
Fashion Business
Administration Course
Admissions Quota (Capacity) 50 (100) 30 (60)

Application First Session
(General entrance examination・Working people entrance examinaton)

APPLICATION PERIOD September 26 (Thu) 2019 – October 3 (Thu) 2019
DAY OF ACCEPTANCE October 19 (Sat) 2019, October 20 (Sun) 2019
DATE OF ADMISSIONS RESULTS October 29 (Tue) 2019
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE November 18 (Mon) 2019

Application Second Session
(General entrance examination・Working people entrance examinaton)

APPLICATION PERIOD December 5 (Thu) 2019 – December 12 (Thu) 2019
DAY OF ACCEPTANCE January 11 (Sat) 2020 , January 12 (Sun) 2020
DATE OF ADMISSIONS RESULTS January 20 (Mon) 2020
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE February 6 (Wed) 2020

Application Third Session
(General entrance examination・Working people entrance examinaton)

APPLICATION PERIOD February 12 (Wed) 2020 – February 18 (Wed) 2020
DAY OF ACCEPTANCE February 29 (Sat) 2020 , March 1 (Sun) 2020
DATE OF ADMISSIONS RESULTS March 9 (Mon) 2020
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE March 16 (Mon) 2020
ADMISSIONS WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE March 31 (Tue) 2020, 4:00 p.m.

*You can only submit the papers at the BFGU administration counter from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays during the application acceptance period. (Be sure the examination fee has been successfully deposited via bank transfer during the application acceptance period.) Depending on the results of the examination for the second session, we may not conduct recruitment for the examination for the third session.

Eligibility Requirements for Examination

2020 Enrollment/Eligibility Requirements for Examination

Applicants must satisfy at least one of the following conditions:

( [ 9 ] Corresponds to those whose mother tongue is not Japanese )


  1. Hold (or expect to receive) a bachelor’s degree;
  2. Granted a bachelor’s degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation;
  3. Have completed 16 years of school education outside Japan;
  4. Have attended foreign correspondence course of education in Japan and completed 16 years of school education in foreign countries;
  5. Have awarded (or expect to receive) an academic degree equivalent to an bachelor’s degree by completing course more than 3 years overseas;
  6. Have completed (or expect to complete) a specialized course (limited to those courses which require four years or more to complete and other courses that satisfy the standards set forth by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) in a vocational school on or after the date determined by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Such specialized courses are separately designated by said Minister;
  7. Have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; or
  8. Deemed by BFGU to have academic ability equal to or higher than a bachelor’s degree holder, based on the screening of eligibility for application on an individual basis, and is 22 years of age or older.

  9. ※ Those who do not fall under [ 1 ] – [ 7 ] above shall consult with BFGU in advance.The applicant is required to contact BFGU to fix the date of an interview.

  10. Applicants are required to reach one of the following conditions regarding Japanese language proficiency.
    (Only for foreign applicants whose mother tongue is not Japanese)
    1. Applicant has passed “N2” or “Level 2” or higher in the “Japanese Language Proficiency Test” conducted by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.
    2. Applicant has scored around 280 points in the “Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students” (Japanese language subject) conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization.
    3. Applicant has scored 420 or more on Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT) conducted by The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.
    4. Applicant is recognized by BFGU as having Japanese language proficiency equivalent to 1,2,3.

    ※Those who do not fall under [ 9 ] 1 – 3 above shall consult with BFGU in advance. The applicant is required to contact BFGU to fix the date of an interview.

※ Those who are expected to complete prior education must be in the position
where they will successfully complete and graduate by March 31,2020.

Eligibility requirements for the entrance examination for working people
(only for the Division of Fashion Management)

Applicants for the entrance examination for working people must fall under any of the conditions stated above and be 24 years of age or older as of April, 1, 2020. The applicant also must have two or more years of working experience in the same type of job in a private company or public institution.

The working people entrance examination is conducted only for applicants to the Division of Fashion Management.

※ Applicants should be sure to obtain the “Enrollment Guide” and “Application Guidelines”.

Required Documents

Examination Venue and Examination Subjects

Examination Venue

Bunka Fashion Graduate University
(3-22-1, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Examination subjects ※ conducted in Japanese

Division of Fashion Creation

  1. Fashion design illustration (90 minutes)
  2. Short essay (60 minutes)
  3. Self-presentation and interview (about 15〜20 minutes per applicant)
    ・Presentation of three works (maximum)※1 created during the past
     two years and introduction of works using a portfolio
    ・Presentation of design sketchbook
    ・Question-and-answer session with the interviewer(s)

Presentation of one or more garments produced during the past two years.
Three full coordinated outfits are acceptable, too.
If the combined total is less three or less garments then it is acceptable to present items such as fashion accessories.

►Past examination question.(Division of Fashion Creation)

Division of Fashion Management

  1. Mathematics, Short essay (90 minutes)
  2. Self-promotion※2 and interview (about 15〜20 minutes per applicant)
    ・Graduation thesis and prepublication papers to magazines, etc.,
     presentation and explanation of a business plan, etc.
    ・Question-and-answer session with the interviewer(s)

※2 Please finish the presentation with a thesis and plan in around 10 minutes.

◎ Applicant who have obtained level 1 of the Fashion Business Proficiency Test are exempted from the “(1) Short essay“ tests.

◎ Applicants for the entrance examination for working people are exempted from the “(1) Short essay“ tests.

►Past examination question.(Division of Fashion Management)

Acceptance and Examination results

We will determine your admission by making a thorough screening of application documents and examination results in a comprehensive manner. The result of the entrance examination shall be sent by mail, dispatching on the “announcement date of results” of each term. The announcement shall not be posted on the bulletin board of BFGU. We shall not respond to any telephone inquiries regarding the examination results to avoid misunderstanding.

Enrollment procedure

The enrollment procedure will be deemed to be completed when the specified tuition and fees are paid by the prescribed deadline. Please refer to the tuition fees pages for further information.

  • Please pay the tuition fees to the allocated bank using the bank deposit transfer form (sent to the applicants who have successfully passed the screening process)
  • As a general rule we ask applicants to make payment directly at the bank teller.
  • The transfer bank’s date stamp proves completion of the payment. Keep this receipt as your copy the university will not issue another receipt.
  • The bank deposit transfer form for the tuition fee payment for the second semester is scheduled to be sent out in July.