Tama Art University

Admission Requirements
for Master's Degree Course

The following is an English translation of relevant information for international students, excerpted from the application procedures in Japanese. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for further information.

Tama Art University Admissions Policy

Tama Art University welcomes applicants who:

  • - are able to establish a way of expression, and create works to a high level with originality;
  • - deeply understand art theory with an international perspective;
  • - understand the way to express themselves and place their art theory in an academic context;
  • - can link the outcomes to here and abroad based on the creation and research processes.

Enrollment

Major Course Enrollment
Painting Japanese Painting 43
Oil Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture Sculpture 10
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works Ceramic 9
Glass
Metal
Design Graphic Design 62
Product Design
Textile Design
Environmental Design
Information Design
Integrated Design
Art Science Art Science 5
Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance Drama and Dance 8
Scenography Design

Important:

  • - It is not possible to apply for more than one major/course during the same entrance examination period.

Requirements

Applicants must reach the age of 22 by the time of the enrollment, and satisfy one of the following requirements or expect to satisfy one of the following requirements by March, 2019:

  1. Have graduated from university.
  2. Have been conferred a Bachelor's Degree by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation.
  3. Have completed a 16-year program in school education and have conferred a Bachelor's Degree in a country other than Japan.
  4. Have completed a 16-year course of formal education for a foreign country through a correspondence course in Japan which is operated by a foreign school of that country.
  5. Have completed a university course of study in Japan for an educational institution recognized within the educational system of a foreign country and approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (limited to those who have completed a 16-year course of formal education in that foreign country).
  6. Have completed a term of study of at least 3 years at universities, etc. in a foreign country, and have been conferred a degree which corresponds to a Bachelor’s Degree.
  7. Have completed a specialized course of study for a higher vocational school which is recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (limited to applicants whose term of study is at least 4 years, and to those who have fulfilled the standards established by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
  8. Be nominated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho).
  9. By means of an individual screening process, satisfy Tama Art University that the applicant has academic abilities equivalent or superior to a university graduate.
  • - Those applying under provision 6 should e-mail the Admissions Section (nyushi@tamabi.ac.jp) beforehand to have education curriculum checked.
  • - Candidates who have completed a 16-year course of formal education in a foreign country but have not been conferred a Bachelor’s Degree are not eligible to apply. Please refer to the individual screening process from the URL below for those who wish to apply.
    http://www.tamabi.ac.jp/admission/exam/screening_m.htm

Application Period

Schedule A:

September 14 (Friday)10:00 to September 25 (Tuesday)18:00, 2018. [Online application only]

Sending the application documents

September 14 (Friday) to September 25 (Tuesday). Documents should be postmarked no later than September 25.
-Application documents mailed from outside Japan must arrive by September 25.

Schedule B:

December 5 (Wednesday)10:00 to December 14 (Friday)18:00, 2018. [Online application only]

Sending the application documents

December 5 (Wednesday) to December 14 (Friday). Documents should be postmarked no later than December 14.
-Application documents mailed from outside Japan must arrive by December 14.

Examination Fee

35,000 yen

Examination Location

Painting Major, Sculpture Major, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works Major, Design Major, and Art Science Major examinations are held at Hachioji Campus (2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo).
access to Hachioji Campus.

Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance Major examinations are held at Kaminoge Campus (3-15-34 Kaminoge Setagaya-ku, Tokyo).
access to Kaminoge Campus.

Screening Process

Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works, Design, and Scenography Design, Drama & Dance Majors
Applicants will be screened on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of submitted works (may submit thesis for Integrated Design Course only), an essay, an interview (only the Environmental Design Course includes a simple practical test), and submitted documents.

Art Science Major
Applicants will be screened on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of a submitted thesis, an English examination, an essay, an interview, and submitted documents.

  • - Applicants for the Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works, and Design Majors (excluding Integrated Design Major) may choose to write an essay in English.
  • - The interview is held in Japanese.

browse past examination questions.

Examination Schedule

Major/Course Schedule A/Subjects Schedule B/Subjects
Japanese Painting Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Interview
Oil Painting Jan. 27, Sunday
Printmaking Jan. 27, Sunday
Sculpture Jan. 27, Sunday
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works Jan. 27, Sunday
Graphic Design Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Jan. 28, Monday Interview
Product Design Oct. 21, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Interview
Textile Design Oct. 21, Sunday Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Interview
Environmental Design* Oct. 21, Sunday
Information Design Oct. 21, Sunday
Integrated Design Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Jan. 28, Monday Interview
Drama and Dance Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Interview
Scenography Design Jan. 27, Sunday Essay (120 min.)
Interview
Art Science Oct. 21, Sunday English (60 min.)
Essay (90 min.)
Interview
Jan. 27, Sunday English (60 min.)
Essay (90 min.)
Interview
  • * Only the Environmental Design Course includes a simple practical test.

Works to be submitted, etc.

  1. Works, portfolio, and thesis submitted must be accompanied by a certificate (Certificate Form for Submitted Works, etc.) from a professor or teacher, etc. of the university that the applicant graduated from to certify that the work was created or authored by the applicant himself/herself. However, those who are research students or anticipating graduation from Tama Art University, and are applying for the same major/course, the applicant does not need to fill in the certificate form.
  2. Instructions on how to bring in large-size works and other details will be provided when the examination ID is issued online.
  3. If the applicant is unable to submit the works by the specified submission date, the applicant will be disqualified and may not take the examination. 
  4. Inform the admissions section 10 days prior to the examination if there are corrections or additions to the details in works submitted at the time of application. However, in case of significant change or short notice before the examination, they may not be accepted.
Course Objects to be submitted/number of items, etc. Submission date Return date
Japanese Painting One or two works by the applicant (size 50 or over)
  • - Applicants may bring portfolios of additional work if desired.
Jan. 27

Jan. 27

Oil Painting One or two works created in the following formats: 2-D work(s) within F200; 3-D work(s) within 200 cubic centimeters; moving image/video works, etc.
  • - For applicants who wish to submit a portfolio including photographs, etc., of their works, please refer to the application guidelines.
Jan. 26 Jan. 27
Printmaking 5 printmaking works or photographic documentation and portfolio
  • - Prints should be submitted unmounted and unframed.
  • - Paper size should not exceed 54.5 cm × 72.7 cm.
  • - Portfolio should not exceed A2 size.
Jan. 27 Jan. 27
Sculpture At least 3 works and portfolio (at least 2 works of photographic documentation excluding works to submit)
  • - In case of difficulty in bringing works from overseas, the applicant must send photographic documentation of at least 5 works to the Department of Sculpture by post that must arrive no later than January 25 (Friday).
Jan. 26 Jan. 27
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works 2 works and portfolio Jan. 27 Jan. 27
Graphic Design At least 3 works (the format is free) Jan. 28 Jan. 28
Product Design Portfolio containing at least 3 works (actual works may also be submitted) Oct. 21 Oct. 21
Textile Design At least 3 works and portfolio
  • - In case of difficulty in bringing works from overseas, the applicant must contact the Department of Textile beforehand.
A:Oct. 21 A:Oct. 21
B:Jan. 27 B:Jan. 27
Environmental Design At least 3 works (the format is free) Oct. 21 Oct. 21
Information Design At least 3 works (the format is free) Oct. 21 Oct. 21
Integrated Design Submit either #1 or #2 below.
1. At least 3 works (the format is free) and portfolio.
2. 3 copies of the applicant's graduation thesis (or equivalent thesis/discursive essay) in Japanese (photocopies are allowed,A4 size).
  • - If international students submit a thesis in English, they must submit 3 copies along with an abstract of about 2,000 Japanese characters.
  • - Applicants may bring portfolios of research work, etc. if desired.

In case of #1
Jan. 28

In case of #2
Jan. 5
(may also enclose application documents)

In case of #1
Jan. 28

In case of #2
Jan. 29
(sent by mail)

Art Science A: Thesis
  • -The applicant's graduation thesis or discursive essay within 8,000 to 12,000 Japanese characters. 3 bound copies (A4 size) must be submitted. (photocopies are allowed)
  • -Also, it is possible to hand in 1 portfolio of past activities (such as works, exhibition curation, research, fieldwork, etc.) if there are any.
A:Sep. 25
(may also enclose application documents)
A:Oct. 22
(sent by post)
B: Thesis
  • -The applicant's graduation thesis (or equivalent thesis) should be a minimum of 24,000 Japanese characters. 3 bound copies (A4 size) must be submitted. (photocopies are allowed)
  • -If international students submit a thesis in English, they must submit it along with an abstract of about 2,000 Japanese characters (attach a separate sheet if required).
B:Jan. 8
(may also enclose application documents)
B:Jan. 28
(sent by post)
Drama and Dance At least 3 submitted works (the format is free) and portfolio.
  • - Performance video should be submitted in DVD-video (region code: free or 2).
  • - Please refer to the application guidelines for further information.
Jan. 15
(may also enclose application documents)
Jan. 27
Scenography Design At least 3 submitted works (the format is free) and portfolio.
  • - Please refer to the application guidelines for further information.
Portfolio…
Jan. 15
(may also enclose application documents)
Works…
Jan. 27
Jan. 27

Grading Criteria

Subjects Major Grading criteria
Essay Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works, Design, and Scenography Design, Drama & Dance
  • Is the candidate able to think beyond the confines of the question?
  • Is the candidate able to formulate his/her own opinions?
  • Is the candidate able to convey in writing his/her opinions to the reader?
Art Science
  • Ability to think: How deeply is the candidate considering a given question?
  • Creativity: Does the candidate have outstanding creativity and unique sensibilities?
  • Understanding of the question: Does the candidate understand the contents of the question accurately?
  • Comprehension: Does the candidate have definite awareness of the question?
  • Expression: Does the candidate have a superior ability to convey his / her ideas in writing?
Interview Painting
  • Does the candidate possess the specialized technical ability and knowledge required for the Master's Program?
  • What is his/her thinking regarding creative work?
  • Why does he/she wish to attend this university?
  • What is his/her motivation for study and creative work?
  • What is his/her potential as an artist?
Sculpture
  • Does the candidate have a clear goal for applying to this university?
  • Does the candidate have an original research topic?
  • Does the candidate have a specific preferred area of research?
  • Does the candidate have a clear vision for the future?
  • Can the candidate clearly articulate his / her intention?
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
  • Does the candidate have an understanding of the discipline's characteristics?
  • What is his/her level of proficiency in the research area?
  • What is his/her vision for the future?
  • Does he/she possess originality of thought?
  • Does he/she reply accurately to questions?
Design
  • Does the candidate have a research topic which is clear and original?
  • Is the research topic appropriate to the area of study?
  • Does the candidate have a clear motivation?
  • Does the candidate have a high level of technical skill and knowledge enabling the pursuit of artistic study?
  • Are the candidate's answers to questions appropriate?
Art Science
  • Why does the candidate wish to attend this department?
  • Can the candidate explain the submitted thesis appropriately ?
  • Is the research theme clear?
  • What is the candidate's thinking regarding art?
  • Does the candidate understand the characteristics of the Department of Art Science?
Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance
  • Does the candidate have a research topic which is clear and original?
  • Does the candidate have a high level of technical skill and knowledge to pursue the research?
  • Does the candidate have a clear goal and vision for the future?
  • Does the candidate possess enthusiasm and a sense for research?
Judging of works Painting
  • Does the candidate possess comprehensive expressive and technical ability?
  • Does the candidate present his/her thoughts coherently?
  • Does he/she show originality?
  • Does he/she show potential?
  • Does he/she demonstrate an active attitude towards being involved with arts in general?
Sculpture
  • Is the research topic clear?
  • Does the candidate show originality?
  • What is the candidate's quality as an artist?
  • What is the level of his/her expertise?
  • Does he/she possess basic expressive skills?
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
  • Does the candidate show originality of thought?
  • Does he/she possess specialized technical ability?
  • Is he/she able to model accurately?
  • Does he/she possess advanced thinking ability?
  • Does he/she show expressive potential?
Design
  • Is the candidate able to establish a topic and to structure the research process?
  • Does the candidate have abundant ability to produce noteworthy ideas?
  • Is the candidate able to express a unique visual sense?
  • Does the work demonstrate appropriate technical skills and completeness?
  • Is the work compatible with the research project?
Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance
  • Does he/she possess specialized expressive and technical ability?
  • Does the candidate have abundant ability to produce ideas and originality?
  • Does the candidate have the ability to provoke a response in the viewer?
  • Is the candidate able to actively and enthusiastically engage in the work?
  • Do the research content and means of expression match?
Judging of essays Art Science
  • Thinking: How deeply is the candidate considering a given question?
  • Creativity: Does the candidate have outstanding creativity and unique sensibilities?
  • Inquisitiveness: Is the candidate sufficiently capable of researching the theme?
  • Construction: Is the candidate able to logically construct his / her thesis argument?
  • Expression: Does the candidate have a superior ability to convey his / her ideas in writing?

Notification of Results

Schedule A:
October 25, Thursday, 2018

Schedule B:
January 30, Wednesday, 2019

Admission Procedures

All the necessary forms and the fees should be posted by December 5, 2018 (Schedule A) or February 13, 2019 (Schedule B).

School Fees

Admission

  • - Painting Major, Sculpture Major, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works Major, Design Major (Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile Design, Environmental Design, and Information Design), and Art Science Major are located in Hachioji Campus (2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo).
  • - Design Major (Integrated Design) and Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance Major are located in Kaminoge Campus (3-15-34 Kaminoge, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo).
  • - All new students will enroll in April.
  • - For international students, if the immigration authorities reject the application for “Authorization of Resident Eligibility” or “Resident Status (Overseas Education)” from February 2019, admission will be automatically canceled. Also, applicants must receive “Resident Status (Overseas Education)” by April 1, 2019.

About Application Guidelines

Please read the “Application Guidelines 2019” for details in admission (details may differ).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1. Are there any classes conducted in English?

    All classes are held in Japanese only.
    Therefore, we strongly recommend applicants to study Japanese language beforehand.
    A rough guide for Japanese Language level is Level 2 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N2).

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  • Q2. Are there summer programs or short programs?

    We do not offer summer programs nor short programs.

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  • Q3. Is there autumn admission?

    We do not offer autumn admissions.
    All new students are enrolled in the beginning of April.

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  • Q4. How long is the Master’s Degree course?

    The duration for the Master’s Degree course is 2 years in total.

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Address for Application and Inquiries

Tama Art University Admissions Section
Hachioji Campus
2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo, 192-0394
Tel: +81-42-679-5602
Contact via E-mail: nyushi@tamabi.ac.jp

For those who wish to take the pre-interview for the Master's Degree course, see the below link for further information.

http://www.tamabi.ac.jp/admission/exam/gp_interview.htm

If you wish to meet with professors to consult about the contents of your research plan, please apply using the form above.
The pre-interview is not associated with any of the entrance examination.