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. Should you require further information, please refer to the Japanese version. Please contact the Admissions Section if you have any questions.

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.

Concept behind the Entrance Examinations

To aim for a higher level in creating works, Tama Art University entrance examinations are designed to deepen the acquired knowledge and skill in arts, design, and art science. The entrance examinations consist of the following to determine the candidate’s attitudes to art: essay, interview, and English (only for art science majors). Also, to determine the high level of ability in the special field of study, there is an assessment of portfolios or thesis.

Enrollment

Major Enrollment Course
Painting 60 Japanese Painting
Oil Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture 12 Sculpture
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works 10 Ceramic
Glass
Metal
Design 45 Graphic Design
Product Design
Textile Design
Environmental Design
Information Design
Art Science 10 Art Science

Requirements

Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from university or expect to do so by March 2017.
  2. Have been conferred a Bachelor's Degree by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation or will be conferred a Bachelor's Degree by March 2017.
  3. Have completed a 16-year program in school education and have conferred a Bachelor's Degree in a country other than Japan, or expect to do so by March 2017.
  4. Have completed, or will complete by March 2017, 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, or will complete by March 2017, 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 Minister 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, or will complete by March 2017, a specialized course of study for a higher vocational school which is recognized by the Japanese Minister 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 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology).
  7. Be nominated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho).
  8. By means of an individual screening process, satisfy Tama Art University that the applicant has academic abilities equivalent or superior to a university graduate, and will have reached the age of 22 by April 1, 2017.*

Applicants with Physical Disabilities

Applicants with physical disabilities requiring assistance at the examination location should call +81-42-679-5602 by September 24, 2016 (Schedule A) or by December 15, 2016 (Schedule B).

Application Period

Schedule A: Design major

September 16 (Friday) to September 26 (Monday), 2016. Applications must arrive by September 26, 2016.

Schedule B: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works, Design (Graphic Design only), and Art Science majors

December 7 (Wednesday) to December 16 (Friday), 2016. Applications must arrive by December 16, 2016.

  • - Applicants may submit their documents in person to the Admissions Section, Hachioji campus only between 13:00 and 16:00 on September 26, 2016 (Schedule A), or January 5, 2017 (Schedule B).
  • - From December 24 (Saturday), 2016 to January 4 (Wednesday), 2017, the admissions section cannot answer inquiries due to the holiday season.

Application Procedures

Please send all the appropriate documents, facing the front, in an envelope Kakugata 2 size (at least 2.4cm x 3.32cm), with the “Envelope sheet” attached.

Designated application form

  1. Application form.
  2. Examination ID card, examination ID card counterfoil, and pasted copy of postal transfer form receipt for payment of examination fee.
  3. Resume.
  4. Reason for application.
    • - Please write in Japanese.
  5. Examination result notification label.
    • - The applicant should write:
      Address A (for receipt of examination ID card)
      Address B (for notification of examination result)
    • - Please fill out in English if you wish to have it sent to outside of Japan.
  6. Envelope sheet.
    • - The applicant should fill in his or her address, name, telephone number, and black out the box for the applicable major or course. Attach this sheet to an envelope Kakugata 2 size (at least 2.4cm x 3.32cm).
    • - If applying from outside Japan, the envelope sheet is unnecessary.

To be prepared by the applicant

  1. Copy of the examination fee payment receipt (35,000 yen).
    Please refer to the application guidelines in Japanese for procedures for paying from within or outside Japan. If paying from within Japan, please pay at the post office using the payment handling form. If paying from outside of Japan, please pay at the bank using overseas remittance.
    Examination fees will be accepted from Friday, September 9, 2016 (Schedule A) or Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (Schedule B).
  2. Photographs (photocopies not allowed).
    • - Three identical photographs (4x3 cm) taken during the past three months.
    • - The applicant should be shown bareheaded, half-figure, against a plain background.
    • - The applicant’s name and desired department should be clearly written on the back of each photograph.
    • - One photo should be affixed to the application form, one to the examination ID card, and one to the counterfoil of the examination ID card.
    • - The picture attached to the application for admission will be used to create the student identification, which you will use during the period of enrollment.
  3. Graduation certificate (or prospective graduation) and academic transcript from the last school the applicant attended.
    • - If the applicant is a university graduate from a foreign country, both certificates must be in either English or Japanese. If the certificates are in another language, please attach the document translated into English or Japanese certified by the public organization or the Japanese language school.
    • - If the applicant is a university graduate from a foreign country and the graduation certificate does not contain information on acquirement of a Bachelor’s Degree (such as B.A., etc), submit the baccalaureate certificate along with the graduation certificate.
    • - Applicants graduated from Tama Art University do not need to submit (including students attending Tama Art University).
    • - Submit the copy of the baccalaureate acquired certificate at the time of application if there is only the original certificate (one copy), and bring the original on the date of the examination.
    • - Certificates issued through the Internet will not be approved.
    • - If the applicant has conferred a degree from a national institution for academic degrees, attach conferment of degree certificate. If the degree is conferred in March 2017, attach acceptance of application on conferment of degree certificate. Also, attach academic transcript of the appropriate college or higher professional school standing for the basic qualifications.
  4. Academic transcript and certificate of attendance from the last Japanese language school the applicant attended. (Only for international students)
    • - Only for applicants who attended Japanese language school  within Japan since April 2016.
    • - Certificate must contain the official seal of the school.
    • - Those who are research students or anticipating graduation from Tama Art University do no need to submit.
    • - Both certificates must be in either English or Japanese.
  5. Copy of passport. (Only for international students)
    • - Please submit a copy of the page containing the applicant’s photograph.
  6. Copy of residence card (for international students who reside in Japan).
    • - Please submit a copy of the card, both sides.
    • - Please submit a copy of both front and back sides, even if the back side is blank.

Important :

  • a) A change of major/course will not be accepted after an application is submitted.
  • b) Submitted documents and the examination fee will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • c) If the applicant's surname or given name differs from that which appears on the submitted diploma, academic transcript, etc., official documentation must also be submitted, stating that the names refer to the same person.
  • d) Art science applicants may enclose thesis and works with the application documents.
  • e) Please note that if it is discovered that any of the application documents have been falsified or otherwise fraudulently prepared, admission will be cancelled or students will be advised to withdraw from school.

Examination Regulations

  1. Candidates must enter the examination room at least 30 minutes before the examination begins.
  2. Candidates who arrive more than 30 minutes after the designated starting time will not be permitted to take the examination.
  3. In the case of late arrival, the examination period cannot be extended, regardless of the reason for the lateness.
  4. Candidates cannot enter the examination room without an examination ID card. Please inform the supervisor if you have lost or forgotten your card.
  5. Candidates must follow the supervisor's instructions during the examination.
  6. Only candidates can enter the examination building.
  7. Candidates taking examinations with both morning and afternoon sessions cannot leave the campus between sessions, and should bring their own lunch.
  8. Borrowing and lending tools or materials is prohibited.
  9. Candidates should not fill in his or her name nor examination ID on the answer sheet other than in the specified field.
  10. Candidates can enter only the areas provided for the examination.
  11. As there are no clocks in the examination rooms, examinees may bring their own watch or clock. Please note that use of a mobile phone, smart watch, or watch/clock with calculator, electronic dictionary, communication or digital still/video camera function is prohibited. Also, clocks with a loud second hand may not be used.
  12. Mobile phones, PHS and pagers must be switched off during the examination.
  13. Automobiles cannot enter the campus during the examination period.
  14. On the day of the examination, applicants should beware of any unauthorized persons in the vicinity of the university or nearby train stations who offer to inform them of the examination results by telephone or telegram.
  15. In the event of any changes to the information in this booklet, candidates will be notified on the day of the examination.

Examination ID card

  1. An applicant who does not receive the examination ID card by Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (Schedule A) or by Thursday, January 19, 2017 (Schedule B) should contact the Admissions Section as soon as possible.
  2. The applicant must retain the card until the entrance ceremony in April.
  3. The ID card will not be re-issued.

Examination Location

Hachioji Campus, Tama Art University
2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo
access to Hachioji campus.

Screening Process

Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works and Design Majors
Applicants will be screened on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of submitted works, an essay, an interview, and submitted documents.

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

  • - Applicants for the Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works, and Design Majors may choose to write an essay in English (Apply at time of application).
  • - Applicants may not bring in dictionaries (Art Science major may bring in dictionary only for the English examination. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed.)
  • - The interview is held in Japanese

Examination Schedule

Schedule A
Major Subjects Date
Design
  • Essay (120 min.)
  • Interview
Oct 23, 2016
Art Science
  • English (60 min.)
    - may bring in dictionary (excluding electronic dictionary)
  • Essay in Japanese (90 min.)
  • Interview
Schedule B
Major Subjects Date
Painting
  • Essay in Japanese (120 min.)
  • Interview
Jan 27, 2017
Sculpture
  • Essay (120 min.)
  • Interview
Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works
Design
(Graphic Design and Textile Design only)
Art Science
  • English (60 min.)
    - may bring in dictionary (excluding electronic dictionary)
  • Essay in Japanese (90 min.)
  • Interview

Works to be submitted, etc.

  1. Works and portfolio 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 cards are sent out.
  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 immediately 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.
Major/Course Objects to be submitted/number of items, etc. Submission date Return date
Japanese Painting One or two works by the applicant (size 50 [116.7 cm on a side] 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 (259cm x 194cm); 3-D work(s) within 200 cubic centimeters; moving image/video works, etc.
  • - Applicants who wish to submit a portfolio including photographs, etc., of their works should submit them at the same time as the artworks to be submitted (there is no limitation in the format/size of the portfolio; it is not allowed to submit the portfolio at the time of the interview). Applicants should carry-in and set up their works by themselves. If the applicants wish to show moving image/video works, they should carry-in and prepare the playing equipment by themselves. If the applicant is not able to carry-in and set up his or her work(s) on the day of the submission, he or she must consult the Department of Oil Painting in advance. For more details concerning the entrance examination, please contact the Department of Oil Painting in advance.
Jan 26 Jan 27
Printmaking 5 printmaking works and portfolio
  • - Prints should be submitted unmounted and unframed.
  • - Paper size should not exceed 200 cm x 100 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 (Wednesday).
Jan 26 Jan 27
Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works

2 works and portfolio

  • - Those who are research students or anticipating graduation from the Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works course in Tama Art University are only required to submit a portfolio. 
Jan 27 Jan 27
Graphic Design At least 3 works (The format is free) A:Oct 23 A:Oct 23
B:Jan 27 B:Jan 27
Environmental Design At least 3 works (The format is free) A:Oct 23 A:Oct 23
Information Design At least 3 works (The format is free)
Product Design Portfolio containing at least 3 works (actual works may also be submitted)
Textile Design At least 3 works and portfolio A:Oct 23 A:Oct 23
B:Jan 27 B:Jan 27
Art Science A: Thesis
  • -The applicant's graduation thesis or discursive essay within 8,000 to 12,000 Japanese characters.
  • -Also, it is possible to hand in portfolios of past activities (such as works, design exhibition, research, fieldwork, etc.) if there are any.
A:Sep 26
(may also enclose application documents)
A:Oct 24
(sent by mail)
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 2000 Japanese characters (attach a separate sheet if required).
B:Jan 5
(may also enclose application documents)
B:Jan 28
(sent by post)

For Design major applicants who bring video works:

  • - The media for the videos (up to 3 minutes length) should be one of the following: DVD-Video (region code: free or 2) or present works using a laptop.
  • - Playing equipment for the DVD-Video will be provided at the site of the interview.
  • - If presenting works using a laptop, bring a VGA display adapter.
  • - If desired, applicants will be able to present their works by means of Wi-Fi access to the Internet. Back-up materials should be available in case of technical problems.

Grading Criteria

Subjects Major Grading criteria
Essay Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works, Design
  • 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?
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?
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:
Date and time: 13:00, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Schedule B:
Date and time: 13:00, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Announcement method:

  • a) All examinees receive notification by mail. The examination notification label is completed at the time of application.
  • b) The examination ID numbers of successful examinees are posted on the TAU website
    (http://www.tamabi.ac.jp).
  • - Telephone inquiries concerning the examination results will not be acknowledged.
  • - Receipt of the examination notification form constitutes formal notification of acceptance.

Admission Procedures

All the necessary forms and the fees should be posted by December 7, 2016 (Schedule A) or February 13, 2017 (Schedule B).

  • - For international students, if the immigration authorities reject the application for “authorization of resident eligibility” or “resident status (overseas education)” from February 2017, admission will be automatically canceled. Also, applicants must receive “resident status (overseas education)” by April 1, 2017.

School Fees

Place of Study

Hachioji Campus
2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo

Handling of Personal Information

Personal information (name, address, date of birth, etc.) collected for the Tama Art University 2017 entrance examination is used solely for the entrance examination and subsequent administrative procedures. Every effort is made to prevent misuse or leakage of personal information.

Should you have any questions concerning the handling of personal information, please contact us at the address below.

Address for Application and Inquiries

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

Information about changes in application procedures.

  • - From 2016, Admission Requirements and Application Forms for entrance examinations for the Master's Degree and Doctral Degree courses are available online in digital form (PDF). Please download the necessary documents from the above link (Japanese only).
  • - Please print the form (application form, admission ticket, etc.) in A4 format, single-sided (color recommended).
  • - It is not possible to sent the application digitally. Please mail the printed application in accordance with the application procedures.
  • - If, for any reason, a document can not be printed out or downloaded, please 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 below.