School History

1948 Established as Tobe Women's Dressmaker's School.
1964 Approved by the government of Kanagawa and later founded as the Educational Corporation of Ishikawa Institute of Women's Dressmaker's School
1978 Tobe Women's Dressmaker's School establishes special training courses, becoming a Special Training School.
1997 The construction of the new campus is completed.
2001 The school is renamed as the Yokohama Institute of Design. In October, foreign students were welcomed to attend the Japanese course for the first time.
2005 Studies of Media Technology is separated to three courses, which are the IT Business course, Web Creating course and the Japanese-Chinese-Korea translating course.
2006 The Japanese one year course is founded.
2007 The Information Media course is renamed to the Media Design. The Manga (Japanese animation) course is newly established.
2008 Dance and Vocals course is newly added.
2010 Planning to establish "Total Japanese Language Class."
2012 Specialized courses "Manga Department of newly established"
Higher course "Design Department of manga major" new
Higher course "International Communication Department" established
2014 Approved by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as Professional Post-secondary Course