HISTORY

History
  • 1948

    Founded on October 8, 1948
    The founding director Kazuhei Ishikawa established Tobe Women’s Dressmaker’s School at 4-180 Ise-cho, Nishi-ku (currently 1-33-6, Chuo, Nishi-ku), Yokohama-shi.

  • 1954

    Ishikawa Academy Educational Foundation Suginoko Kindergarten was founded in Sugiyama-cho, Nishi-ku (currently 1 cho-me, Chuo, Nishi-ku), Yokohama-shi.

  • 1978

    Specialized Course was established after Tobe Dressmaker’s School completed the restructuring process to become a specialized training college.

  • 1997

    Ishikawa Academy General Building was completed through reconstruction of the school building.

  • 2001

    The school was renamed Yokohama Design College, with the following departments/courses newly established: Design Department in the Upper Secondary Course; Digital Design Department, Visual Design Department, and Information Business Department in the Specialized Course; and Japanese Language Course (April). The college welcomed the first group of international students to Japanese Language Course (October).

  • 2003

    Japanese Language Course was restructured from General Course to Specialized Course.

  • 2004

    Visual Design Department was divided into three courses: Graphic Design Course, Illustrator Course, and Movie Creation Course.
    Fashion Design Department was divided into two courses: Fashion Design Course and Total Beauty Course.

  • 2005

    Information Media Department was divided into three courses: IT Business Course, Web Creation Course, and Japanese-Chinese-Korean Translation and Interpretation Course.

  • 2006

    The one-year course was newly established in the Japanese Language Course.

  • 2010

    Comprehensive Japanese Course was newly established.

  • 2012

    Manga Department was newly established in the Specialized Course.
    Manga Course at Design Department was newly established in the Upper Secondary Course.
    International Communication Department was newly established in the Upper Secondary Course.

  • 2014

    The college was accredited as an applied professional postsecondary course by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).