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animation schools in Japan 2006/4/8 05:13
I've currently been interested in attending school in Japan. I've been open to the idea for awhile now, but only to persue the language. However, I'm looking more and more into animation as time goes by. I've heard of foreigners becoming animators over in Japan, attending their schools and learning their language all from scratch. I have a head start; I can speak the language. Now I'm interested in searching for schools. Problem: I've only been able to find a few online, and only one has caught my interest. I'm sure more exist instead of just three or four, so I'm curious if anyone knows of any and the qualifications to get into them. I'm not the kind of gal who takes commitment very well, and most of the schools I've looked at had a 2-year program. Perfect. Question though: does that mean you have to get a degree in fine arts before you can persue animation or comic book design? (I sure hope not...)

I hope to hear back soon from anyone who knows anything about a foreigner persuing animation in Japan.
by bailie  

Yes their is a lot of schools out their 2006/5/5 02:13
Visa notes: The schools listed below will not be able to provide student visas as they are all specialty, trade and technical schools. Students wishing to attend them will probably be able to go under a Japanese language or other cultural visa. I have not seen tuition rates for any of the schools for quite some time.

Yoyogi Animation School
(Yoyogi Animeshon Gakuin)
1-20-3-CS-4 Yoyogi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Fax: 0120-210-595
Courses Years
Animation 2
CG Animation/ Games 2
Voice Acting 1
Digital Animation Artist (Digital Ink & Paint) 1
Manga/Comics 1
Animation Production Management 1
Background Artist 1
Animation AV Operator 2
Animation Camera 2
Illustration 2
Junior Novels 1
Music Artist 2
Music Business 2
Multimedia Creator 1


Tokyo Designer School
(Toukyou Dezaina Gakuin)
2-11 Suragadai
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101
Courses Years
Animation 2
Game Creator 2
Character Design 1
Computer Graphics 1
Manga/Comics 1
Illustration 2

College of International Design
(Kokusai Dezainkarejji)
2-22 Asahi-cho
Kouchi-shi, 780

Courses Years
Graphic Design 2
Interior Design 2
Architecture 1
Manga/Comics 1

Amusement Media School
(Amyu-zumentomedia Soukou Gakuin)
2-29-8 Higashi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0011
Fax: 03-3406-5070

Courses Years
Voice Acting 2
Game Creator 2
CG Animation Creator 1
Multimedia Creator 2
Manga/Comics 1
Computer Game Creator 2
Novels 2
Comics 2
Animator 2

They also have night courses for other areas of interest.



Toei Animation Institute
(Toei Animeshyon Kenkyuujyou)
Surugadai Bldg.
1-2-5 Surugadai Kanda
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101
03-5281-2730 (Japanese)
Toei has just built their own school.

Courses Years
Digital Animation Artist (Digital Ink & Paint)
Background Artist

Tokyo Animation School
(Toukyou Animeta Gakuin)
3-4-9 Mizakicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061
Fax: 03-3234-2469

CG Games
Voice Acting
Animation Character Designer
Background Artist
Airbrush Illustration
Junior Novels

Japan Manga Institute
(Nihon Manga Gakuin)
1-3-98 Nishinakanobe
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142
Fax: 03-3785-0298


Career School Fare
(Kyariasuku-ru Fa-re)
Part of Tokyo Designer School
4-16 Sakurahamachou
Shibuy-ku, Tokyo 150

Various Manga/Comics

Kodansha Culture Center
(Kodansha Karucha Senta-)
1-15-12 Toranomon
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105
Fax: 03-3501-3674

Comic Illustartion
Illustration 24

Multimedia Art School
(a-to gakuen)
3-8-7 Nishi Azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031

Courses Years
Special Animator 1
Animation Content (?) 1
Technical Art 1
Story Comics 1
Digital Comics 1

Tokyo Game Designer Institute
(Toukyou ge-mudezaina-gakuin)
1-47-3 Yoyogi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053

Animation Creative
Digital Animation
CG Animation & Game Character Design
CG Animation & Games
Voice Acting Talent
Game Creator

by Ichigo rate this post as useful

Oh wow thanks!! 2006/5/5 04:09
Im saying thanks becuase i've been wondering the same question!!

I mean i know im going to college over here for animation before moving to Japan, becuase i know more about how to get grants, etc.......but i would also like to possibly take a few lessons in animation in Japan!! XD

Hey while im typing, would you happen to know about grants in Japan?? how i could go about getting those for schooling?? or if i even can??
or should you basicly only go to college there if your a rich-kid? hahaha

(even though this wasn't my question page hahaha =P)

by Iza rate this post as useful

I, too, have the same dream! 2007/7/3 07:56
I, too, have the same dream! ^_^ As I research schools and ask questions online, I'm finding more and more Americans who want to go to Japan and follow the manga/anime path!! I'm so proud of you all (even if I don't know you from adam), and I hope we succeed together in our dreams! I know this sounds cheesy, but I really feel this way! :D Thank you so much, Ichigo, for providing this information!!! I've been looking all over the net for info like this.

by Koru rate this post as useful

No offense 2008/7/11 08:52
But do you really speak Japanese? Most Japanese Animation schools require at least Nihongo Kentei 2kyuu. I believe the demand might be increasing to get foreigners wrapped in an animation course, and some, in an attempt to get a stampede of people who want to be parted easily with their money, have even been advertising and teaching in English (scam alert!)

If you can really speak so much Japanese, wouldn't a websearch for ''Anime-ta Senmon Gakkou'' turn you up at least a hundred different schools??
by Booest Boo rate this post as useful

Animation School Information 2009/2/1 21:50
Here is the best site to find animation schools.
by Debora (guest) rate this post as useful

Cool ! 2009/2/21 05:06
hey we should get all together and talk about this i mean the ones that are really going to japan to study animation/manga you it would be nice to know some people when we get there well if u want of course i'm planning to be there soon that's why I'm already taking Japanese classes and doing some research about schools and universities.
by Alravn rate this post as useful

Would like to know as well 2010/10/19 18:09
Honestly speaking i dont have the ans to that question. But too am looking for d same ans. If you find something den pl do let me know as well.
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