Yokohama Design College (YDC)

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October 2024
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End of April 2024
Yokohama Design College (YDC)
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc.

  • Wifi Available

    Rest assured that this school has wifi available.

  • Part-time Job Support

    This school introduces part-time job opportunities so you can work while studying.

  • Higher Education Counselling

    This school provides specialized counseling to prepare and apply to colleges and universities after graduation.

  • Career Support

    Counselors are available to provide specialized support for full-time employment after graduation.

  • Dormitories Available

    This school introduces affordable shared living spaces.

  • In-School Activities

    This school organizes regular interactive & cultural activities in the school.

  • Out-of-School Activities

    This school organizes out-of-school day-trips, excursions and events throughout the year.

  • Student Lounge

    Space outside of the classroom is available for students to interact casually and/or study.

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School Introduction

At the unique Yokohama Design College students can learn a great variety of things apart from Japanese Language in an international environment. The Yokohama Design College gives students the opportunity to also learn about design, art, manga and fashion while it assists students to join a higher education institution in Japan. Moreover, this school prepares students for long-term employment in Japan. The YDC is located in Yokohama. In this area you can find many shops, restaurants, cafes, and sightseeing spots like the Minatomirai area. It has a good transportation environment so you can easily go to many places.

Total Number of Students: 240
Class Size: 20 students max
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese
Enrolment Terms: April, October

Main Features

Art Related Electives
The Yokohama Design College does not only offer Japanese Language education, but also many art related elective classes such as drawing and manga illustration lessons for students of the Language Department.
Vocational Courses
Besides language studies, the Yokohama Design College also offers vocational art courses in fashion design, visual design and Manga.
Open Class Events
This school offers exciting activities such as Tea Ceremonies, Leather Craft, Blues lessons and many more which students of all courses can join.
Career Support
The school gives career support by teaching how to write a Japanese resume and an interview preparation.
Moreover, the schools offers an internship arrangement and assists with the working visa applications.
Part-Time Job Support
For students that wish to work part time the school offers a part-time job briefing session including a safety training.

School Location

The three nearest stations around the YDC Tobe Station, Hiranuma Bashi Station and Takashimacho Station are located about 2 km apart from the popular Sakuragicho area.
Sakuragicho offers many shops, restaurants and bars. Besides Sakuragicho, Minatomirai with its stunning night view and the famous Red Brick Warehouse are located nearby. Furthermore, you can explore the harbor of Yokohama and Japan’s largest China Town which are just a few kilometers apart from the language school.

Nearest station:
Tobe Station (1-minute walk)
Hiranuma Bashi Station (5-minute walk)
Takashimacho Station (7-minute walk)

Available Courses

  • University Preparatory Course
  • Short Term Course

University Preparatory Course

Course Description

YDC designed the curriculum and support system of the preparatory course in order to help students gain the necessary abilities and skills to successfully reach their goal of going onto university or finding a job in Japan.

  • 1

    2-year course

  • 2

    1 year and 6 months course

  • 3

    1-year course

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 1 Year / 2 Years Early September

Late October

October 1 Year/ 1 Year 6 Months Early March

Late April

Morning or afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 9:00 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:10 to 16:40 (Monday to Friday)

Elective classes:

  • Morning elective classes are held from 9:00 to 12:30 (on specific days from Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon elective classes are held from 13:10 to 16:40 (on specific days from Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives


    The classes focus on reading, writing listening and speaking


    Students can learn EJU subjects in English, Art, Physics/Math and Social Studies


    Students can take drawing lessons and learn how to prepare a PortFolio


    Students can learn illustration with COPIC

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year ¥650,000
1 Year 6 Months ¥975,000
2 Years ¥1,300,000


Other fees
Facilities ¥30,000 (1 year)
¥40,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥50,000 (2 years)
Screening fee ¥25,000
Enrollment fee ¥100,000
Activities ¥23,000 (1 year)
¥32,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥41,000 (2 years)
Insurance fee ¥12,000 (1 year)
¥17,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥22,000 (2 years)
Textbooks ¥25,000 (1 year)
¥30,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥35,000 (2 years)

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Short Term Course

Course Description

This course is designed for students that are currently not college students.
Students can choose to take this course for a period of 1 to 3 months and can also choose how many classes they wish to take a week. Taking 5 classes a week is recommended for all students from beginner to intermediate, while taking 3 classes a week is recommended for students who wish to take the JLPT and therefore want to focus on their grammar. For students that would like to mainly study kanji and conversation, 2 classes a week are recommended. Furthermore, this course offers open class events.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

1~3 Months Program

Intake Application Deadline



Morning or afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 9:00 to 12:30 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:10 to 16:40 (Monday to Friday)
  • Courses and days can be selected by students that take 2~3 classes a week

Course Features & Electives


    Students can choose morning/afternoon classes or even class days for the 2-3 day courses


    Depending on the class number per week students can set their own focus on Kanji & Conversation, JLPT & Grammar or General Skills (beginner to advanced)

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 month: 5 lessons per week ¥51,000
1 month: 3 lessons per week ¥33,000
1 month: 2 lessons per week ¥22,000


Other fees
Enrollment fee


-¥15,000 (Special Discount)*

Textbooks approx. ¥8,000

* ¥15,000 special discount for registering 3 months program or 10 classes at once

Student Demographics







Taiwan/Hong Kong




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