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hi fellow CG artist... need your help and opinion on sch in Japan... are there any schs that is in Japan that is good for character designers wanna be? I gathered that to be a good character designer, you would need to have strong bkgd in illustration.. wat else? pls enlighten me... thanks in advance..!!

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:26 pm
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Post Re: Art school in Japan
These are the few schools i know doing character design.
do note that these are not degree courses, probably on par to our polytechnic diplomas. but it's recognised in their country.

to enrol, you are required to have at least a JLPT2. there will also be an interview and a written test (mainly to check your japanese fluency).

Nippon Engineering College
http://www.neec.ac.jp/

Nagoya Designer Academy
http://www.n-designer.net/C_anime/index.html

Osaka Designer's College
http://www.odc.ac.jp/s/an/index.html

Tokyo Animation Gakuin (college)
http://www.tag.co.jp/tokyo/course/charactor/index.html

Tokyo Game Designer
http://www.tokyogame.jp/ani_index.htm

Tokyo Design Gakuin
http://www.tdg.ac.jp/dept/animation/ani ... -cara.html

Nagoya Communication Arts (3 year course, specifically states game character design)
http://www.nca.ac.jp/creative/03course/02_02gc.html

Toei Animation KenKyuuShou (research facility...)
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tai/

JEC
http://www.jec.ac.jp/index.html


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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:27 pm
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hey ah heng.. thanks for the list...by the way... u r going to study in jap? animation?

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:31 pm
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yeah. i'll be in either NEEC, ODC or JEC.

i just paid a visit to both NEEC and JEC last wednesday. for NEEC, i went to the kamata campus (they have another branch in hachioji, and 1 more in sapporo). the kamata campus' animation (+ manga, character design) department is directed by GONZO. the lecturers are animators from GONZO http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html and Madhouse http://www.madhouse.co.jp/ . if they feel the student is good enough, they will let him take part in GONZO's productions. there are also student/GONZO collaboration works.

there's a new building for the animation department. they're now concentrated in one 7-storey building, instead of being spread out over the area. the kamata area is rather scenic, and near to tokyo bay.

basics are taught during the 1st year. the 2nd year, the students will specialise in genga (key animation), douga (inbetweens) or layout (backgrounds, storyboards). your entire 2 year course at the NEEC kamata campus is basically an internship with GONZO/Madhouse.

no 3d is taught in this course. lecturer's words - "i don't think 3d is necessary for our students". i agree. it helps, but isn't necessary.

NEEC has never had students from singapore.


for JEC, the campus is spread out over north shinjuku (okubo area), the 2 animation campuses are about 5 minutes walking distance (and i'm a slow walker). there was only 1 animation lecturer around that day but he was busy so i didn't get to speak with him. and the summer holidays just started, so only a few students are around.

it's in the middle of tokyo, how scenic can it get?

basically, JEC works from basics. skills like anatomy, perspectives are drilled into the students. they'll later be trained in genga (key animation), douga (in betweens) and layout. students will not specialise in either of the 3, instead they are trained equally in all aspects.

there is no internship programme at JEC.

they teach 3dsmax. i didn't check what version.

JEC is the only animation school in japan to boast a 100% employment rate for their students for several years now. in comparison, NEEC has an 89% rate.

during my visit, i saw on a board, a name list of students shortlisted for interviews with production I.G, gainax, madhouse, ghibli, triple ace and several other big name anime studios.


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the facts aside. my own views.

i've seen their students' works.
for the NEEC students, whether 1st or 2nd year, their stuff is top notch. the animation is clean and smooth, the colors vivid.

in comparison, JEC's student works look bad. out of the 4 showcased, 2 were very amateurish, rough lines, jumpy animation, badly mixed sound. 1 was rather interesting. and 1 was good. http://www.jec.ac.jp/course/creator/ac/ ... v/boys.wmv

JEC has had 4 students from singapore, but not in the animation departments.


if anyone is interested, i can make a copy of the student works DVDs for you.


Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:36 pm
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Hi ah.teng, n anyone else whos interested. I will heading to japan i november. Osaka actually. I have wanted to be in cell animation my whole life. literally. i realise that japan is probably the last place that still holds true to a strong cell animation culture although even that is changing now.

if anyone is in japan at the time, or if you know anyone i can talk to about school, or work, would you be kind enough to help me out by PM me or ICQ? i would really appreciate. and i wanna see that dvd of student work. will cover your costs :) promise. btw where do you guys learn your jap? i have taught myself for a few years but no where near fluency...

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:40 pm
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wah... so envious of u guys....that have chance to go explore this industry in japan, even study. I had the idea of working or even studying in japan also since last time. But my embarrassing financial status has covered up my little dream under my bed for quite some time. haha... I did not expect me to fly before i learn to walk, but it's always good to have dreams and aims.

My ultimate aim is always wanted to join Squaresoft (which is now Square-Enix). Amazing FF series of games is my main "father" who brought me into the world of passion in 3D CG or gaming industry.

Therefore, i went to take jap course years ago and had learned for slightly more than 2 years. But stopped this year coz i'm pursuing animation course full time and realised that i can't afford the fees without income.

ZaiJian, if you want to learn from good jap teachers, i would recommend my school (of cors not mine..haha) -- Ikoma Language School.
http://ikoma.com.sg/

At least i like their organised teaching system and also focus on interactivity betwn teachers and students.
They have full time and also part time course (for working personnel). The school is comfortably located at Orchard.

U may have some difficulties conversing with Jap native teachers at first, but that's how u train urself to speak with guts. The more you force urself to talk to them , even though with grammar mistakes, u learn. However, for my case, my jap also not that fluent. And somemore now i stopped for a year, even worse, coz without constant practice conversation and reading n writing, u tend to easy to forget a lot of words. But i will try to keep up the pace again this year since i already graduated from my current course. I actually wanted to take JLPT2 this Dec, but no confidence. May be i will study one more year with practice again and take the exam next year. hehe.... :P

I may go back to Ikoma School if my financial allows me again.

Ja, mina san mo, gambatte yo! Itsyouni !

p/s: btw, ZaiJian, are you goin to Osaka for researching or you are hired to work there liow?


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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:41 pm
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if you're in osaka, head over to these 2 schools.

http://www.tag.co.jp/osaka/course/animetion/index.html

http://www.odc.ac.jp/top.html

ah heng


Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:42 pm
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hmm recently the hype seems to be on 3d, i myself still prefer 2d for some reason tho..any nice local language to can reccomend for japanese courses?

i still remember sometime last year, economic developement board and capcom organised a attachment prog where selected candidtates get to work a few mths at capcom..
wonder if this programme is still going on? would really like to give a shot at it..altho i failed last time. heard other gaming companies like sega tri-ace and koei are involved too..any info on this? guys?

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:44 pm
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yeah... last time EDB used to have some TAP programme to send local talent to Jap for 18 months training. Abt one yr plus ago I was shortlisted for the capcom one but couldn't pass the exam anyway. haha... Probably my drawings really cannot make it..haha... which is now still the same...
Jap really focus very much on 2D drawings... Kiat, i think u have better chance. Just need to pick up some jap language.
However, lately i dun see any of those TAP programme for game company appear in Saturday paper anymore. So sad.

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Post Re: Art school in Japan
http://www.yanolas.com.sg

you need at least a jlpt2 to enrol in a japanese college. attainable within 1-2 years (typical is 4 or more) if you put in enough effort. took me 1 year and 3 months. another method, though less recommended, is to enrol in a japanese language school located in japan for a minimum period of 6 months. not recommended because 6 months is too short a period to attain enough procifiency to understand classes. unless you decide to stay for a longer period of time. classes are typically 1 year, 2 year or 'college prepatory' 3 month classes.

i'll be meeting some friends for some drawing this sunday, can show you some school brochures if you want. just let me know on msn.

for ease of planning -
-japanese school year begins in april.
-the jlpt exam is once a year every 1st sunday of december, results will be revealed between feb-march.
-college/uni registration is open from october till 1-2 weeks before semester begins, the entire procedure requires about 2 weeks, including an interview and a short written test to test your japanese comprehension ability.
-foreign students not living in japan will require a longer period before their visa application can be approved, typically 2months -- basically, you won't make it in time for the enrolment unless you take the exams while living in japan.
-school fees + lodging typically comes up to S$30k per year.

ah heng


Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:46 pm
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