Tama Art University

Admission Requirements
for Doctoral Degree Course

*This page currently contains information from last year as a reference. The information for year 2018 entrance examination will be updated around August.

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:

  • - have achieved at home and abroad, and lead in their field of research and expression;
  • - have interdisciplinary awareness and are able to present problems as academic theory;
  • - have the ability to lead in the research areas;
  • - have local and international perspective and are able to deeply redefine creativity.

Concept behind the Entrance Examinations

Tama Art University entrance examinations are designed to foster talented individuals who will obtain leading positions in the future with a broad knowledge of art and design techniques and perception, and to foster artists and art theorists with comprehensive judgement, capable of handling the significant progress of academic research and change in society. The entrance examinations consist of the following to determine the candidate’s research ability within the individually subdivided areas: thesis submission and portfolio (only for creative majors). Also, to determine the balance of the overall comprehensive learning stated above, there are the following examinations: Language test, essay, and oral examination.




Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Hold, or expect to acquire by March 2017, a master's or professional degree.
  2. Hold, or expect to acquire by March 2017, an academic degree corresponding to a master's degree or professional degree in a country other than Japan.
  3. Have been awarded, or will be awarded by March 2017, a master's degree or equivalent, or professional degree or equivalent through a correspondence course in Japan which is operated by a foreign school.
  4. Have been awarded, or will be awarded by March 2017, a master's degree or equivalent, or professional degree or equivalent in Japan from 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.
  5. Be recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho)
  6. By means of an individual screening process, satisfy Tama Art University that the applicant has academic abilities equivalent or superior to a person holding a master's degree, and will have reached the age of 24 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 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Application Period

November 18(Friday) to 28 (Monday), 2016. Applications must arrive by November 28.

  • - Applicants may submit their documents in person to the Admissions Section, Hachioji campus only on the final day of application (13:00-16:00, November 28).

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 affixed copy of postal transfer form receipt for payment of examination fee.
  3. Resume.
  4. Research plan.
    • - Please write in Japanese.
  5. Letter of recommendation (for postgraduate degree students from Tama Art University or other universities).
    • - Those who are anticipating completion of graduate course in Tama Art University do not need to submit.
    • - The letter must be in either English or Japanese.
  6. Examination confirmation.
    • - To apply for the doctoral program, applicants must meet in advance with a course supervisor to seek guidance on the presentation of practical work (or thesis in the case of Art Science major applicants), and the examination confirmation must be signed by a course supervisor prior to submission. Please contact the Hachioji campus Admissions Section by 17:00 Friday, September 30, 2016 for assistance with contacting a course supervisor.
  7. 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 outside of Japan.
  8. 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).

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, November 11, 2016.
  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. Thesis and thesis abstract. (all applicants must submit)
    • - Applicants may submit master's graduation theses or equivalents.
    • - Please submit the thesis (or copy), together with an abstract (about 2,000 words in Japanese).
    • - Length of thesis -
      Practical course candidates: approx. 10,000 characters (Japanese), 6,000 words (English)
      Theoretical course candidates: approx. 24,000 characters (Japanese), 14,400 words (English)
    • - Theses submitted must be accompanied by a certificate (certificate form for submitted works, etc.) from the head professor or a teacher, etc. at the last graduate school that the applicant was enrolled at to certify that the work was created or authored by the applicant himself/herself.
    • - In the case of a thesis in progress, add “in progress” to the title on the submission form, submit the thesis abstract within the application period, and the thesis must be submitted by Saturday, January 7, 2017.
  4. Portfolio (only applicants who submit works)
    • - The applicant's portfolio should contain works of the past two years or works for the master's degree. The actual works included in the portfolio must be available for inspection between January 23 and 26, 2017.
    • - Please assign priority ranks to the works you wish to submit. However, selection by the committee may differ from the assigned ranks. Depending on the space required for all your submitted works, you may be requested to present one to three works in your portfolio.
    • - Make sure to include the following documentation for each work: 1) a photograph of the work 2) title 3) genre 4) material and format 5) size 6) weight and 7) priority ranking.
  5. Academic transcript and graduation certificate (or prospective graduation) 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 master’s degree (such as M.A., etc), submit the master’s degree certificate along with the graduation certificate.
    • - Applicants graduated from graduate course in Tama Art University do not need to submit (including students attending Tama Art University).
    • - Submit a copy of the master’s degree 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.
  6. 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 graduate courses in Tama Art University do not need to submit.
    • - Both certificates must be in either English or Japanese.
  7. Copy of passport. (Only for international students)
    • - Please submit a copy of the page containing the applicant’s photograph.
  8. Copy of residence card (for international students residing 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) Submitted documents and the examination fee will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • b) 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.
  • c) May enclose “thesis and thesis abstract” and “portfolio (only applicants who submit works)” with the application documents.
  • d) 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. Candidates taking examinations with both morning and afternoon sessions cannot leave the campus between sessions, and should bring their own lunch.
  7. Borrowing and lending tools or materials is prohibited.
  8. Candidates should not fill in his or her name nor examination ID on the answer sheet other than in the specified field.
  9. Candidates can enter only the areas provided for the examination.
  10. 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.
  11. Mobile phones, PHS and pagers must be switched off during the examination.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 Tuesday, January 10, 2017 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

Applicants will be screened on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of the submitted works and thesis, language ability, essay, oral examination, submitted documents, etc.

Examination Schedule

[Monday, January 23, 2017]

Installation of works 13:00-14:00 (Finish by 17:00)

  • - Applicants may bring in additional portfolios for inspection. This portfolio will not be identical to the ones submitted at the time of application.
  • - Works submitted must be accompanied by a certificate (certificate form for submitted works, etc.) from the head professor or a teacher, etc. of the last graduate school that the applicant was enrolled at to certify that the work was created or authored by the applicant himself/herself. However, those who are research students or anticipating graduation from master’s degree courses do not need to submit.
  • - Applicants will be required to set up their works by themselves.
  • - In the case of video works, applicants should prepare playing equipment, etc. by themselves.
  • - Please bring your examination ID card.

[Tuesday, January 24, 2017]

Language Test 10:00-11:30
Japanese nationals --- English
Students from countries other than Japan --- Choose either English or Japanese

  • - Dictionaries may be brought. (However, electronic dictionaries are not allowed)

Essay 12:30-14:30
Select either Japanese or English

  • - Dictionaries may be brought. (However, electronic dictionaries are not allowed)

[Wednesday, January 25, 2017]

Oral examination
The oral examination will be conducted in Japanese. The applicant will be informed of the time of the examination on January 24 (Tue).

  • - In case of many applicants, the oral examination might also be held on January 24.

[Thursday, January 26, 2017]

Removal of works 13:00-14:00 (Finish by 17:00)

  • - Please bring your examinaton ID card.

Grading Criteria

  • Does it have a sound, logical construction?
  • Does it show independent thought towards the given topic?
  • Does the writing demonstrate an expressive ability worthy of being awarded a degree?
Submitted works or thesis
  • Overall assessment of whether or not it has the potential to be developed into a work or a paper which will be awarded a degree.
  • What is the candidate's awareness of the quality of his / her presented work, the content of the essay, or the result of the language proficiency test?
  • What direction is the candidate considering in terms of artwork and research after being admitted to the course?
  • Is the candidate able to logically and lucidly express his / her personal opinions?

Notification of Results

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.
  • - 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 February 13 (Monday), 2017.

  • - 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