OVERVIEW OF YOKOHAMA DESIGN COLLEGE
Yokohama Design College history starts back in 1948, when “Tobe Women’s Dressmaker’s School” was established. Approved by the government of Kanagawa in 1964, the college became the “Educational Corporation of Ishikawa Institute of Women’s Dressmaker’s School”.
In 2001 the school was renamed as the “Yokohama Design College”, and since then started to welcome international students to attend Japanese courses as well. The school offers Media Design, Manga (Japanese animation), International Communication and other courses.
In 2014 the school was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as professional post-secondary educational institution.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT YOKOHAMA DESIGN COLLEGE
- Short and Long Term college preparation or language programs
- Free examination preparation classes at College Preparation Course (take as many as you want!)
- EJU : Social studies, English, Physics, Mathematics
- Art University (and Graduate School) : Drawings, Color Construction, Making Portfolio
- Optional classes (manga/illustration classes)
- Various activities and culture classes
- Ability to Use College Utilities
- Career and further Education Support
- Open Classes – exchange lessons with Japanese college students
- Fun Environment, meet Japanese high school and college students
YOKOHAMA DESIGN COLLEGE JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES
Yokohama Design College provides Japanese language education for international students and offers several types of courses.
- Japanese Language Course (Beginner ~ Advanced levels)
- College Preparatory Course (Beginner ~ Proficiency levels)
- Short-Term Course (1~3 months, or up to 6 months depending on visa)
- Private One-on-One course (10 lesson package)
1. JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSE
Japanese Language Courses are for students, with or without kanji background, who would like to improve their overall Japanese language proficiency level and learn conversational and written Japanese for daily life and professional purposes. This course is divided into 5 levels, from N5 (Beginner) to N1 (Advanced).
In addition to regular classes, students can choose from various options, such as manga seminars, career support, preparation for study abroad exam, classes to prepare for an Art University, etc.
Class for Students with Kanji Background
Class for Students with Non-Kanji Background
Class for Non-Kanji Background Students
2. COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSE
This is a long-term college preparation program for students who plan to prepare for studying at Japanese Universities, Specialized Schools or Postgraduate Programs. In this course students will learn all four basics skills, such as “reading”, “writing”, “speaking” and “listening” to be prepared for using the language for academic purposes and in a daily and work environments.
Here is a simple chart that shows language proficiency by levels and what you can expect by finishing each level. If you are a manga fan, you can also see what level you need to achieve in order to understand your favorite manga.
The duration of the course: Beginner (6 months) / Intermediate (6 months) / Advanced (12 months).
3. SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS
The school offers short-term programs for students who already have legal rights to stay in Japan (have a visa) and who would like to improve their Japanese language proficiency. Students can join regular classes for 1~3 months or take private one-on-one lessons.
Each course runs from Monday to Friday, morning/afternoon shifts, and has 20 lessons per week.
4. PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE COURSE
A free trial lesson is offered.
Schedules are set based on each student’s needs.
A syllabus comprises 10 lessons.
Group lessons (2 and more students) are available if students’ levels are the same.
TUITION AND FEES
|Contents||1-Year Course||1.5-Year Course||2-Year Course|
Short-Term or Private Programs:
|Duration||1~3 months||1.5 hours x 10 lessons|
ACTIVITIES AT YOKOHAMA DESIGN COLLEGE
Yokohama Design College offers various classes and activities. International students can participate in cultural open classes, where they can enjoy Japanese culture through tea ceremony, martial arts, kimono wearing, communication with college students and such. Also students can join different college sport and culture clubs, take part in short trips around Japan, seasonal festivals or language speech contests.
ACCOMMODATIONS AT YOKOHAMA DESIGN COLLEGE
School provides direct management of dormitories for students, which are located within walk distance. Please apply one month before the Certificate of Eligibility is issued.
The rooms are basically twin rooms. The school take care of the room arrangement depending on nationality, area of origin. Other options (guesthouse, monthly apartments, etc) are also available – please contact us if you are interested.
|Accommodation Type||Ryugakusei Kaikan||Residence|
|Capacity||20 Boys/20 Girls||10 Boys/10 Girls|
|Access||15 min walk from school||12 min walk from school|
|Room Layout||Twin Room||Twin Room in a 2-3 room appartment|
|Room Equipment||Desk, Chair, Closet, Bed, Air-conditioner||Desk, Chair, Closet, Bed, Air-conditioner|
|Common Use Facilities||Kitchen, Laundry, Shower room, Toilet||Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet, washing machine|
|Contract Fee||Move In ￥20,000/Deposit ￥20,000||Move In ￥20,000/Deposit ￥20,000|
|Rent (Wi-Fi included) 6 months contract||￥35,000/month + Utility ￥5,000/month||￥35,000/month + Utility (share with roommates)|
Single rooms are available upon request (￥51,000/month + utilities), with deposit of ￥35,000 and move-in fee of ￥20,000.
ONE ACADEMIC YEAR STUDY COST ESTIMATE
|School Dormitory entrance fee||￥20,000|
|School Dormitory deposit||￥20,000|
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