Tama Art University

Admission Requirements
for International Students (Undergraduate only)

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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:

  • - possess a broad outlook on the arts;
  • - are capable of thinking independently;
  • - expect to pursue international careers;
  • - are endowed with imagination, expressive power, and an appreciation of beauty;
  • - possess the strength of will to forge new directions in art and design.

Concept behind the Entrance Examinations

By bringing together gifted individuals from around the globe to interact with Japanese students and inspire one another, Tama Art University entrance examinations are designed to create an environment conducive to the production of world-class art and design. The entrance examinations consist of the following to determine the candidate’s attitudes to art and gauge his or her Japanese language proficiency: essay and interview. Also, to assess the candidate’s ability in his or her chosen major, there is a practical test (or essay in the case of the Department of Art Science).

Enrollment

Department/Major Enrollment
Department of Painting Japanese Painting Course a few in each department [major]
Oil Painting Course
Printmaking Course
Department of Sculpture
Department of Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
Department of Graphic Design
Department of Product and Textile Design Product Design Course
Textile Design Course
Department of Environmental Design
Department of Information Design Art and Media Course
Interaction Design Course
Department of Art Science
Department of Integrated Design
Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance Drama and Dance Course
Scenography Design Course

Requirements

The applicant must be non-Japanese and satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must have completed twelve years of regular education outside Japan or be expecting to do so by March 31, 2017. Applicants must also satisfy the university entrance requirements of their own country.
  2. The applicant must be eighteen years of age or over on April 1, 2017.
  3. Applicants must take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) in the subject “Japanese language” managed by Japan Student Service Organization or Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) managed by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.
    • - Refer to #10 in “Application Procedures” for details on examination periods and required documents.
  4. The applicant must be proficient enough in the Japanese language to follow all the courses of the university.
  • - For further information concerning the application procedure, please contact the Tama Art University entrance examination representative (+81-42-679-5602).

Applicants with Physical Disabilities

Applicants with physical disabilities requiring assistance at the examination location should call +81-42-679-5602 by Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Application Period

November 4 (Friday) to November 14 (Monday), 2016. Applications should be postmarked no later than November 14.

  • - Applications mailed outside Japan must arrive by November 14.
  • - 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 14).

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. Reason for application.
    • - Please write in Japanese.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Thursday, October 27, 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. Academic transcript and graduation certificate (or prospective graduation) from the senior high school the applicant attended in his or her own country (original).
    • - 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.
    • - Certificates issued through the Internet will not be approved.
  4. Academic transcript and certificate of attendance from the last Japanese language school the applicant attended.
    • - Only for applicants who attended Japanese language school within Japan since April 2016.
    • - Certificate must contain the official seal of the school.
    • - Both certificates must be in either English or Japanese.
  5. Examination results of EJU or JLPT
    The examination results are required for JLPT, or the results or proof of taking EJU, conducted within 2 years prior to April 1, 2017. Confirmation that EJU has been taken by the time this university’s special entrance examination is conducted will be accepted in lieu of results. The examination results will not be included in this university’s grading criteria or admission criteria; they are only used as a consideration.
    • - Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
      • - Copy of the “Examination ID card” or “a notice of the result”
      • - The examination result or proof of registration for the subject “Japanese language” is required. Please submit the “examination ID card” (copy) or “a notice of the result” (copy) of one of the four examinations within the past 2 years (original copy unnecessary). Also, please write out the “dates of the examination taken” and the “examination ID number” on the appropriate space on the application form.
    • - Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
      • - “JLPT Certificate of Result and Scores” (copy)
      • - Please submit the “JLPT Certificate of Result and Scores” (copy) of one of the examinations taken within the three available examinations of the past 2 years. Levels (N1 thru 5) are acceptable. Please write out the “dates of the examination taken” and “the level taken” (N1 thru 5) on the appropriate space of the application form.
    • - Please refer to the application guidelines for the accepted dates with regards to taking the examinations outlined above.
  6. Copy of passport.
    • - Please submit a copy of the page containing the applicant’s photograph.
  7. Copy of residence card (for those 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) A change of department/major 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) 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. Paper required for practical tasks will be provided by the university.
  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 Friday, December 9 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.

  • - Only for the Drama and Dance Course, the second day of the examination (17th) will be held at Kaminoge campus (3-15-34 Kaminoge, Setagayaku, Tokyo). Further information will be announced on the first day of the examination (16th).

Examination Schedule

December 16, 2016

Essay in Japanese 10:00 - 11:30

  • - Dictionaries are not allowed.

Examinations for each major 13:00 -

  • - The examination questions and duration vary according to the department or major. Please refer to the list below.

December 17, 2016

Examination for Drama and Dance Course only 13:00 - 15:00

Interview

  • - The interview is held in Japanese.
  • - The interview schedule will be announced on December 16.
Department/Major December 16 (Friday) December 17 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:30 13:00 -
*( ) denotes finishing time
schedule will be announced on Dec. 16
Japanese Painting Essay in
Japanese
Watercolor painting
( - 18:00)
Interview
Oil Painting Oil painting
( - 18:00)
Printmaking Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Sculpture Drawing
( - 17:30)
Ceramic, Glass &
Metal Works
Pencil drawing
( - 17:00)
Graphic Design Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Product Design Design
( - 16:00)
Textile Design Pencil drawing &
Color composition
( - 18:00)
Environmental Design Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Information Design Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Art Science Essay in Japanese
( - 14:30)
Integrated Design Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Drama and Dance

Physical expression *
(13:00 - 15:00)

Interview *
Scenography Design Pencil drawing
( - 16:00)
Interview
  • * Only for the Drama and Dance Course, the second day of the examination (17th) will be held at Kaminoge campus (3-15-34 Kaminoge, Setagayaku, Tokyo). Further information will be announced on the first day of the examination (16th).

Works to be submitted, etc.

Department/Major Subjects Items to be brought by the applicant
Japanese Painting Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Watercolor painting water-based paint set, pencils, eraser, knife, fixative
Interview one or two works by the applicant (size 30 or over: 91 cm×72.7 cm)
  • - Applicants may bring a portfolio of additional work if desired.
Oil Painting Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Oil painting paint set (oil or acrylic)
Interview one or two works by the applicant (within size F30: 91cm×72.7cm)
  • - Applicants may bring a portfolio of additional work on December 16, Friday, if desired.
Printmaking Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencils, eraser, knife, etc.
Interview works by the applicant, or portfolio
Sculpture Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Drawing
  • - Applicants will choose pencil drawing or charcoal drawing.
    [if pencil drawing is selected] bring pencil drawing set
    [if charcoal drawing is selected] bring charcoal drawing set
  • - Mounting board, panel, and clips are not required.
Interview Portfolio (photographs of at least two of the applicant's works)
Ceramic, Glass &
Metal Works
Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing
pencil drawing set, fixative
Interview portfolio
Graphic Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencils (black), eraser, etc.
Interview  
Product Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Design pencils (black), eraser, etc.
Interview
Textile Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing &
Color composition
pencils, eraser, opaque water-based paint set (gouache, poster color, etc.), set square, ruler
Interview works by the applicant, and portfolio
(pencil drawings, color compositions, etc.)
Environmental Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencils (black), eraser, etc.
Interview  
Information Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencil drawing set, fixative
  • - Mounting board and panel are not required.
Interview works by the applicant, or portfolio
For applicants who bring video works:
  • - The media for the videos should be one of the following: DVD-Video (NTSC, 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 prepared and readily available in case of technical problems.
Art Science Essay in Japanese
(morning)
pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Essay in Japanese
(afternoon)
pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
  • -Dictionaries are not allowed; Japanese-Japanese dictionaries will be distributed to the applicants.
Interview
Integrated Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencils (black), eraser, etc
Interview  
Drama and Dance Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Physical expression a change of clothes and shoes
Interview  
Scenography Design Essay in Japanese pencils (black-HB,B), plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
Pencil drawing pencil drawing set, fixative
Interview works by the applicant, or portfolio

Grading Criteria

Department/Major Subjects Grading criteria
Common to all
Departments & Courses
Essay in Japanese
  • Are the sentences well-organized and do they demonstrate basic Japanese ability?
  • Does the candidate demonstrate a high level of interest in art and design?
  • Does the candidate demonstrate a broad range of fundamental capabilities suited to acquiring a university liberal arts education?
  • Has the candidate developed his or her own original ideas and opinions?
Japanese Painting Watercolor painting
  • Does he/she demonstrate observational and sketching skills?
  • Does he/she possess a personal sense of color and composition?
  • Does he/she comprehend the task?
  • Does he/she show free and individual expression?
Interview
  • Total result is based in part on works submitted.
Oil Painting Oil painting
  • Does the candidate grasp and comprehend the problem?
  • Does the candidate possess basic expressive ability?
  • Does the piece show originality?
  • Does the piece display enthusiasm?
  • Does the piece possess aesthetic appeal?
Interview
  • Why does the candidate wish to study abroad?
  • Why does he/she wish to attend this university?
  • What is his/her motivation for creative work?
  • What are his/her expectations following admission?
  • What is the candidate's level of Japanese language ability?
Printmaking Pencil drawing
  • Does the piece show creativity?
  • Is the candidate able to depict objects?
  • Does the piece demonstrate a distinctive personal viewpoint?
  • Is the candidate able to translate words into images?
  • Does the candidate show enthusiasm for the creative process?
Interview
  • What is the candidate's level of Japanese language ability?
  • Does the candidate possess basic painting ability?
  • Why does he/she wish to attend this university?
  • What is his/her motivation for creative work?
Sculpture Drawing
  • Does the candidate possess descriptive skill (target observation)?
  • Does he/she possess compositional ability (layout)?
  • Does he/she show stereognostic sense (grasp of three-dimensional objects)?
  • Is he/she able to represent space (spacial awareness)?
  • Is he/she able to express emotion (individual feeling)?
Interview
  • 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 or her intention?
Ceramic,
Glass, & Metal Works
Pencil drawing
  • Comprehension: Has the candidate correctly grasped and understood the problem?
  • Depiction: Is the candidate capable of properly structuring a piece and perceiving three dimensions?
  • Power of observation: Does the candidate accurately capture objects' physicality?
  • Perception of space: Does the candidate accurately capture the relationship between objects?
  • Originality: Does the candidate use distinctive forms of expression?
Interview
  • Does the candidate have a clear understanding of the discipline's characteristics?
  • Does he/she have a clear motivation?
  • Can he/she express his/her own thoughts?
  • Does he/she possess an enthusiasm for learning?
  • Does he/she understand and answer the questions with precision?
Graphic Design Pencil drawing
  • Comprehension: Has the candidate correctly grasped and understood the problem?
  • Communicative ability: Has the candidate accurately expressed the purpose and circumstances of the problem?
  • Imagination: Are the ideas used to translate the assignment into artistic shape outstanding?
  • Depiction: Does the candidate excel in the techniques required to portray structure, form, motion, light, volume, and the like?
  • Originality: Judging from his/her sketches, does the candidate possess artistic refinement and an outstanding aesthetic sense?
Interview
  • Can the candidate carry on daily conversation in Japanese?
  • Can he or she understand specialized terminology?
  • Does the candidate have a clear reason for wanting to enroll?
  • Is he or she motivated to be involved in classes?
Product Design Design
  • Comprehension: Has the candidate properly grasped and understood the problem?
  • Imagination: Is the idea outstanding?
  • Originality: Is the idea unique?
  • Ability to execute: Does the candidate know how to give ideas concrete shape?
  • Expressive ability: Does the form of expression successfully convey the idea?
Interview
  • Does the candidate have the necessary ability to engage in class discussions?
  • Does he or she understand the contents of this major?
  • Does the candidate have a clear reason for enrolling in this major?
  • Can the candidate express his or her own opinions?
  • Does the candidate appear to be motivated to learn?
Textile Design Pencil drawing &
Color Composition
  • Comprehension: Has the candidate grasped and understood the intent of the task?
  • Observation: Does the candidate accurately depict the object?
  • Communicative ability: Is the theme of the work expressed in such a manner as to communicate with the viewer?
  • Expressive ability: Is a distinctive color pattern expressed in harmony with the formal structure of the piece?
  • Degree of perfection: Are the materials meticulously handled, and is the piece skillfully finished?
Interview
  • Does the candidate have Japanese sufficient to follow along in class?
  • Is the candidate able to articulate his or her intent to complete this major?
  • Does the candidate have a clear motivation?
  • Will he or she be able to adapt following enrollment?
  • Can the candidate explain his or her works in Japanese?
Environmental Design Pencil drawing
  • Comprehension: Does the candidate understand the intent of the question?
  • Observation: Is the candidate sensitive to different qualities?
  • Compositional ability: Is the intent of the layout clear?
  • Depiction: Are form, light, volume, and material textures accurately portrayed?
  • Spatial ability: Are depth and space properly represented?
Interview
  • What is the candidate's level of Japanese language ability?
  • Why does he/she wish to study abroad?
  • Why does he/she wish to study in this department?
  • What is his/her level of general knowledge?
  • Does the applicant show the ability to apply his/her practical skills?
Information Design Pencil drawing
  • Observation: Does the candidate recognize the shape of the objects accurately?
  • Technical ability: Does the candidate have basic skills of expression?
  • Compositional ability: Is the candidate able to organize his or her expressions in concrete form?
  • Expressive ability: Does the candidate possess the ability to express him/herself and to give these feelings and ideas concrete form?
  • Degree of perfection: Is the depiction complete as a work of art?
Interview
  • Is the candidate's intent and goal of studying abroad clear?
  • Does the candidate have a basic knowledge of design and art?
  • Does the candidate have basic skills of expression?
  • Is the candidate capable of daily communication in Japanese?
  • Does the candidate understand the subject, coursework, educational content and curriculum?
Art Science Essay in Japanese
(For Department of Art Science applicants only)
  • Language proficiency: Does the candidate have adequate ability to understand and express him/herself in Japanese?
  • Understanding of the question: Does the candidate understand contents of the question accurately?
  • Ability to think: How deeply is the candidate considering a given question?
  • Creativity: Does the candidate have an outstanding creativity and unique sensibilities?
  • Comprehension: Does the candidate have definite recognition of the facts?
Interview
  • Why does the candidate wish to attend this department?
  • What is his/her thinking regarding art?
  • Does the candidate understand the characteristics of this department?
  • Does he/she show enthusiasm for learning?
  • What is his/her level of Japanese language?
Integrated Design Pencil drawing
  • Comprehension: Does the candidate understand the intent of the question?
  • Observation: Does the candidate derive the idea from awareness of everyday?
  • Depiction: Does the candidate excel in the techniques required to portray structure, form, motion, light, volume, and the like?
  • Viewpoint: Does the candidate capture the sense of the subject with appropriate expression and excellent sensitivity?
Interview
  • Does he/she have a clear motivation?
  • Does he/she understand the contents of this major?
  • What is his/her level of Japanese language?
  • Does he/she possess an enthusiasm for learning?
Drama and Dance Physical expression
  • Comprehension: Does the candidate actually understand the question?
  • Volition: Is the candidate able to actively engage in the question?
  • Creativity: Can the candidate consciously use the body to express his/her individuality?
Interview
  • Desire to engage in cross-cultural communication.
  • Enthusiasm and understanding of the performing arts.
  • The candidate's experience in the performing arts.
Scenography Design Pencil drawing
  • Comprehension: Has the candidate properly grasped and understood the problem?
  • Expression: Does the candidate show an awareness of light, an ability to express materials, and a grasp of space?
  • Depiction: Can he/she carefully depict the subject using basic techniques?
  • Creativity: Does he/she possess exceptional originality?
  • Sensitivity: Is his/her depiction appealing?
Interview
  • What is the candidate's level of Japanese language ability?
  • Does the candidate have a clear understanding of the discipline's characteristics?
  • Is he/she cooperative?
  • Does he/she show the potential to be enthusiastic and adaptable student?
  • Can the candidate explain his/her works effectively?

Notification of Results

Date and time: 13:00, Thursday, December 22, 2016

Announcement method :

  • a) All the 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.
  • - Examination results will be posted only temporarily on the TAU website.
  • - Receipt of the examination notification form constitutes formal notification of acceptance.

Admission Procedures

All the necessary forms and the fees should be posted by January 23 (Monday), 2017.

School Fees

Place of Study

Hachioji Campus
2-1723 Yarimizu, Hachioji, Tokyo

  • - Department of Integrated Design and Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance is located in Kaminoge Campus (3-15-34 Kaminoge Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8558).

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