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. 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 Major). Also, to determine the high level of ability in the special field of study, there is an assessment of portfolios or thesis.

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*

* Open from April, 2018.

Important:

  • - It is not possible to apply for more than one 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, 2018:

  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 call the Admissions Section (+81-42-679-5602) 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

Applicants with Physical Disabilities

Applicants with physical disabilities requiring assistance at the examination location should call the Admissions Section (+81-42-679-5602) by July 29, 2017 (Schedule A) or by September 26, 2017 (Schedule B). If difficulties are expected in the campus life, inform the Admissions Section before the date above for preliminary consultation, which also confirms eligibility for admission, etc.
In case of an accident or injury resulting in the need for assistance during the entrance examination process, please contact the Admissions Section immediately.

Application Period

Schedule A: Design and Art Science Majors

September 15 (Friday) to September 25 (Monday), 2017. Applications must arrive by September 25, 2017.

Schedule B: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works, Design (Graphic Design, Textile Design, and Integrated Design only), Art Science, and Scenography Design, Drama & Dance Majors

December 6 (Wednesday) to December 15 (Friday), 2017. Applications must arrive by December 15, 2017.

  • - Applicants may submit their documents in person to the Admissions Section, Hachioji campus only between 13:00 and 16:00 on September 25, 2017 (Schedule A), or January 5, 2018 (Schedule B).
  • - From December 22 (Friday), 2017 to January 4 (Thursday), 2018, 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 24.0cm × 33.2cm), 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 24.0cm × 33.2cm).
    • - 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 8, 2017 (Schedule A) or Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (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).
    • - If the original certificates can be issued only once, enclose the copy and bring the original certificates on the day of the entrance examination. Please include a note to indicate that the enclosed certificate is a copy.
    • - 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 2018, 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 2017.
    • - 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) Details and submission dates for works and thesis are listed in "Works to be submitted, etc."
  • 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 required 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 will be disqualified if they do not take one of the stages of the exam, and cannot take the subsequent examinations.
  5. Candidates cannot enter the examination room without an examination ID card. Please inform the supervisor if you have lost or forgotten your card.
  6. Candidates must follow the supervisor's instructions during the examination.
  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. 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.
  14. If affected by infection (flu, measles, etc. that prevent attendance by law) candidates cannot take the examination as a general rule to avoid affecting the other examinees and proctors.
  15. In case of trouble due to the weather or transportation system, the start or the end time of the examination, or the duration time of the examination may be adjusted.
  16. 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 18, 2017 (Schedule A) or by Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Schedule B) should contact the Admissions Section as soon as possible.
  2. When the ID card arrives, open it to check the details.
  3. The applicant must retain the card until the entrance ceremony in April.
  4. The ID card will not be re-issued.

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, 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 (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.

browse past examination questions.

Examination Schedule

Schedule A
Major Subjects Date
Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile Design, Environmental Design, and Information Design
  • Essay (120 min.)
  • Interview
Oct. 22, 2017
Integrated Design
  • Essay in Japanese (120 min.)
  • Interview
Art Science
  • English (60 min.)
    - may bring in dictionary (excluding electronic dictionary)
  • Essay in Japanese (90 min.)
  • Interview
Schedule B
Major/Course Subjects Date
Painting
  • Essay in Japanese (120 min.)
  • Interview
Jan. 26, 2018
Sculpture
  • Essay (120 min.)
  • Interview
Ceramic, Glass, and Metal Works
Graphic Design
Textile Design
Integrated Design
  • Essay in Japanese (120 min.)
  • Interview
Art Science
  • English (60 min.)
    - may bring in dictionary (excluding electronic dictionary)
  • Essay in Japanese (90 min.)
  • Interview
Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance
  • Essay in Japanese (120 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.
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. 26 Jan. 26
Oil Painting One or two works created in the following formats: 2-D work(s) within F200 (259 cm × 194 cm); 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. 25 Jan. 26
Printmaking 5 printmaking works 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. 26 Jan. 26
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 24 (Wednesday).
Jan. 25 Jan. 26
Ceramic, Glass, and 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. 26 Jan. 26
Graphic Design At least 3 works (the format is free) A:Oct. 22 A:Oct. 22
B:Jan. 26 B:Jan. 26
Product Design Portfolio containing at least 3 works (actual works may also be submitted) A:Oct. 22 A:Oct. 22
Textile Design At least 3 works and portfolio A:Oct. 22 A:Oct. 22
B:Jan. 26 B:Jan. 26
Environmental Design At least 3 works (the format is free) A:Oct. 22 A:Oct. 22
Information Design At least 3 works (the format is free) A:Oct. 22 A:Oct. 22
Integrated Design Submit either #1 or #2 below.
1. At least 3 works (the format is free) and portfolio.
2. The applicant's graduation thesis (or equivalent thesis/discursive essay) in Japanese (photocopies are allowed), and 3 copies (A4 size) must be submitted.
  • - If international students submit a thesis in English, they must submit it along with an abstract of about 2,000 Japanese characters.

In case of #1
A: Oct. 22
B: Jan. 26

In case of #2
A: Sep. 25
(may also enclose application documents)
B: Jan. 5
(may also enclose application documents)

In case of #1
A: Oct. 22
B: Jan. 26

In case of #2
A: Oct. 23
(sent by mail)
B: Jan. 27
(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. 23
(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 2,000 Japanese characters (attach a separate sheet if required).
B:Jan. 5
(may also enclose application documents)
B:Jan. 27
(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).
B: Jan. 16
(may also enclose application documents)
B: Jan. 26
Scenography Design At least 3 submitted works (the format is free) and portfolio. B: Jan. 26 B: Jan. 26

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 (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 available in case of technical problems.

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:
Date and time: 13:00, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Schedule B:
Date and time: 13:00, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Announcement method:

  • - The examination ID numbers of successful examinees are posted on the TAU website
    (http://www.tamabi.ac.jp).
  • - On the day of the notification of results, “Notification of Acceptance” and “Enrollment Procedure Guidelines” will be sent to successful candidates, and “Notification of Waiting List” will be sent to those who are on the waiting list.
  • - Telephone inquiries concerning the examination results will not be acknowledged.
  • - Receipt of the Notification of Acceptance constitutes acceptance.

Admission Procedures

All the necessary forms and the fees should be posted by December 6, 2017 (Schedule A) or February 13, 2018 (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).
  • - For international students, if the immigration authorities reject the application for “Authorization of Resident Eligibility” or “Resident Status (Overseas Education)” from February 2018, admission will be automatically canceled. Also, applicants must receive “Resident Status (Overseas Education)” by April 1, 2018.

Handling of Personal Information

Personal information (name, address, date of birth, etc.) collected for the Tama Art University 2018 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, Tokyo, 192-0394
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 above.
The pre-interview is not associated with any of the entrance examination.