Tama Art University

Admission Requirements
for Research Students

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*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.


As a general rule, candidates must satisfy the following: possess foreign citizenship, have graduated from a 4-year undergraduate degree course, and have been conferred with a Bachelor’s Degree (including those who will be conferred by March 2017). Also, candidates must be fluent enough in Japanese language to participate in everyday conversation.

  • - Candidates should fulfill the application requirements for the Master’s Degree course.


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Application Period

December 7 (Wednesday) to December 16 (Friday), 2016. Applications should be postmarked no later than December 16.

  • - Applicants may submit their documents in person to the Admissions Section, Hachioji campus only on the final day of application (13:00-16:00, January 5, 2017).
  • - 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. 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.
  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 (10,000 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 Wednesday, November 30, 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 university the applicant attended.
    • - 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 graduation certificate does not contain information on the 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 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.
  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.
    • - Applicants graduated from Tama Art University do not need to submit (including students attending Tama Art University).
  5. Copy of passport.
    • - Please submit a copy of the page containing the applicant’s photograph.
  6. 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 research areas 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 Schedule

Friday, January 27, 2017

Screening Process

Applicants will be screened on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of submitted works, an interview and academic transcript from the university the applicant attended.

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
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
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
Printmaking 5 works produced within the last year, and a portfolio of previous works. Jan 27
Sculpture At least 1 work and portfolio (photographic documentation of at least 2 additional works
  • - In case of difficulty in submitting works from overseas, the applicant must send photographic documentation of at least 3 works (stating material, dimensions, and weight) to the Department of Sculpture by post and must arrive no later than January 25 (Wednesday).
Jan 26
Ceramic, Glass & Metal Works 2 works and portfolio (However, those who are anticipating graduation from ceramic, glass & metal works course in Tama Art University requires portfolio only.) Jan 27
Graphic Design Portfolio Jan 27
Product Design Portfolio Jan 27
Textile Design At least 3 works and portfolio Jan 27
Environmental Design Portfolio (Most recent work) Jan 27
Art and Media essay "What I want to express and learn on the Art and Media course" Portfolio and essay (About 2000 characters [English available])
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.
Jan 27
Interaction Design essay "What I want to express and learn on the Interaction Design course"
Art Science Research project report (4000 characters or less A4 size, 1500 words or less in the case of English) at the time of submission

Examination ID card

  1. An applicant who does not receive the examination ID card by January 19 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.

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.
  • - 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

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