About BFGU

Message from the President

Everything at BFGU fosters the talent needed to breathe new life
into the competitive global fashion industry.

Shinichi Kushigemachi
President, Bunka Fashion Graduate University

The fashion business in Japan has come to occupy a certain position in world. Yet, it faces a string of problems that designers do not have sufficient understanding about management and the management level in corporates, on the contrary, do not understand about design. When considering fashion as a global business, it is necessary to incorporate different perspectives such as management, finance, production control, quality control, as well as original designs and excellent technologies. It is, hence, necessary to nurture more future leaders for the fashion industry from the two perspectives of “creation” and “management”. BFGU was established in 2006 as the first fashion professional school in Japan combining the achievements and know-how of Bunka Gakuen, a school corporation that has been playing the leading roles in the fashion education in Japan for about 100 years. The school bridges up theories and practical techniques; its greatest objective is to establish a unique brand and business model so as to fostering “new creators” as proactive global leaders in the fashion industry for future generations.

History of Bunka Gakuen

What is a Professional Graduate School?

A Professional Graduate School is a new type of graduate school that has been newly established in 2003. Traditionally, graduate schools have focused on training students to become researchers. However, professional graduate schools focus on specialized training so the students can become business leaders with high professional business ability. A major feature of professional graduate schools is the promotion of high level, professional training and practical business education through practical lessons, by inviting professors and lecturers who play an active role in the forefront of their field.

Message from the Dean

We form talented people who are not only able to
create ‘fashion’ but also capable of creating ‘fashion business’

Yasunari Yoshida
Dean, Graduate School of Fashion Business

As Japan’s only graduate university that aims to nurture fashion professionals, the BFGU offers unique and excellent features. First, it integrates the field of fashion creation with fashion management to learn the practical skills required to manage creative and design skills. With the unprecedented combination of these two divisions, the graduate school implements high-level education to foster the growth of professionals. Second, the graduate students can make extensive use of the world-leading premises and facilities that Educational Foundation Bunka Gakuen has developed and accumulated over the years. Third, the graduate university organizes various industry-academia collaborative projects to offer students opportunities to gain practical business experience. Based on this thorough, all-round environment for education and research, students are able to acquire not only theories but also practical knowledge and techniques as their first step and nice equipment for their development in the fashion industry.


We have designed our courses and curriculums to
revolve around practical education in order to prevail
in an increasingly competitive fashion market.

Division, Course

At BFGU, we provide two divisions of specialization, Fashion Creation and Fashion Management within the Graduate School of Fashion Business. The aim is to educate talented people who have the intellect and skills to prevail in the world’s fashion market. In agreement with the previously mentioned three fields of study in fashion business, we have established three courses: Fashion Design Course, Fashion Technology Course, and Fashion Business Administration Course.


Wide-ranging curriculum that incorporates many fields

In addition to producing fashion business, which provides consumers with fashion of satisfactory value, BFGU has classified fashion business into three fields of study:


“Design field of study”, which produces original fashion.


“Technology field of study”, which considers the production line commercializing the designer’s sensitivity in addition to developing the production system.


“Management field of study”, which complements the value of fashion and connects design sensitivity to profit.

We believe that we can build a highly competitive and global fashion brand by aligning these three fields. Namely, talented people who are aiming at the next generation fashion business need to combine “high sensitivity”, “rich skills”, and “a clear strategy”. BFGU is producing talented graduates who are capable of establishing business models that create “intellectual property” known as fashion.