Anime schools:

Tokyo School of Anime (Website: offers a unique 2-year program that combines the best of animation studies. Tokyo School of Anime is supported by Studio 4C, creators of such anime hits such as Animatrix and Tekkon Kinkreet and production company DLE, of Taka no Tsume fame allowing students to gain practical experiece working side-by-side with industry professionals. There’s also figure design, 3DCG animation and costume design, with an emphasis on cosplay fashion. The school has about 8,400 comics resource. For more info contact:

The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music:  Website:
See Tokyo Art University Establishes Anime Art School

The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music has established a Masters degree graduate school intended to instruct would-be anime filmmakers and movie directors. While Tokyo University and Keio University have included anime as a part of the curriculum, this is the first time it a Japanese university has gone so far as to establish a graduate school with such a major emphasis on anime creation.

The establishment of the school is being hailed as academic recognition of the global popularity of Japanese anime. The new graduate program will feature major fields of study including movies, animation, and media video. Based in Yokohama, the 70-student program is set to begin during the 2005 academic year.

In related news, Tokyo University has announced plans to establish a program intended to raise students able to compete in the global animation and videogame industries. Anime directors Mamoru Oshii and Katsuhiro Otomo, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki, and manga artist Takehiko Inoue have reportedly all been invited to participate as instructors.

Until now, individuals hoping to learn about animation had little choice but to attend minor vocational schools. The rush by Tokyo’s prestigious universities to incorporate animation-related curricula is being seen by many as strong evidence of anime’s rising position in Japanese culture. – Source:

Yoyogi Animation School (Yoyogi Animeshon Gakuin)
1-20-3-CS-4 Yoyogi / Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 Phone: 0120-310-042 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

Locations: Tokyo, Harajuku, Hachioji, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai, Sapporo, Hiroshima,  Shizuoka, Wakayama, Takamatsu, Miyazaki

Tokyo Designer School / (Toukyou Dezaina Gakuin)
2-11 Suragadai / Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101 Phone:         03-3294-2831
Courses Years:
Animation 2 / Game Creator 2 / Character Design 1 / Computer Graphics 1 / Manga/Comics 1 / Illustration 2

Toho Gakuen Professional Training College of Film
Courses: Movie・Music Video・Animation・Novel・Comics

1-18-25 Takadanobaba, Sinjuku-ku, Tokyo,169-0075

College of International Design (Kokusai Dezainkarejji)
2-22 Asahi-cho / Kouchi-shi, 780 Phone:       0888-75-0099

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 Phone: 0120-41-4600 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.

Locations: Tokyo, Osaka

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

Courses Years
Animation / Planning/Producer / Director / Digital Animation Artist (Digital Ink & Paint) / Writer / Background Artist

Tokyo Animation School (Toukyou Animeta Gakuin)
3-4-9 Mizakicho / Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061  Phone:       03-5276-1511  Fax: 03-3234-2469

Courses: Animation / CG Games / Voice Acting / Manga/Comics / Animation Character Designer
Background Artist / Airbrush Illustration / Illustration / Junior Novels / Writer

Multimedia Art School (a-to gakuen)
3-8-7 Nishi Azabu / Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031 / Phone:       03-5421-2671

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 Phone:       03-5350-2422

Courses: Animation/ Animation Creative / Digital Animation /CG Animation & Game Character Design /CG Animation & Games
Manga/Comics /Illustration / Voice Acting Talent /Game Creator


Links suggesting other animation schools:

Animation/cartoon related colleges and university listing (pdf)


Best Animation Schools – including After Effects, Premiere, Flipbook, Flash and Dreamweaver; Autodesk Maya; Anime Studio; Apple Shake; and Pixar RenderMan. School of Film and Digital Media resources also include a Vicon motion capture system.

Computer Animation School Review – online resource for finding the right animation school, program or degree. You can find training courses in graphic design, drafting, digital media, television or film editing.

Animation Schools in Japan

Anime Gakuin (Japanese only)

Digital Hollywood University


Manga schools:

Tokyo Polytechnic University (Atsugi Campus in Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Nakano Campus in Nakano Ward, Tokyo) Find out more here

Faculty of the Arts; Faculty of Engineering

1583 Iiyama, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa, 243-0297 Phone: 046-242-9600 Email:

See this page for Japan Times write-up featuring testimonial of student studying at its manga department

Japan Manga Institute (Nihon Manga Gakuin)
1-3-98 Nishinakanobe
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142 Phone:       03-3785-4429      Fax: 03-3785-0298

Courses: Manga/Comics

Career School Fare (Kyariasuku-ru Fa-re)
Part of Tokyo Designer School
4-16 Sakurahamachou / Shibuy-ku, Tokyo 150 Phone:       03-3770-5485
Courses: Various Manga/Comics /

Kodansha Culture Center (Kodansha Karucha Senta-)
1-15-12 Toranomon / Minato-ku, Tokyo 105 Phone:       03-3501-7419
Fax: 03-3501-3674
Courses: Comic Illustration / Manga/Comics / Illustration 24

Students who are interested in anime/manga careers should also visit the annual Tokyo International Anime Fair and Digital Content Expo.

You might also like to view this more general listing of universities and colleges focusing on arts & culture: