2-week Intensive MANGA COURSE in Tokyo (October 2019)

After the success of the summer session held in August, we are excited to announce the our
next 2-week Manga Program, which will be held October 13th to 26th, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

This 2-week intensive Manga Program, curated by DEOW, provides students of all levels the
tools they need to begin creating Japanese Manga on their own. The course takes on a practical, coaching-style
approach that emphasizes practise and skill-building in order to develop your abilities as a manga-ka,
or manga artist.


  • One-of-a-kind Manga training program
    taught in English.
  • Covers all aspects of Manga and trains
    according to each student’s level and style; No experience required.
  • Small class, intensive course that can
    be achieved within the short term of 2 weeks.



Manga touches the lives of every person living in Japan and over the past few decades has spread in popularity
to people all over the world, where it continues to grow and be enjoyed. As such, there has been an increasing
number of non-Japanese people who have taken an interest in learning the craft. As its birthplace, Japan is the
best place in the world to truly learn Manga.

The Japanese comic world is vast and highly developed, with various organizations specializing in the production
as well as education of all of the aspects of Manga, forming an industry where thousands of professionals make
their career. In many cases, educational institutions have ties to the production side, recommending students to
publishers, editors and studios.

DEOW has put together this unique course to provide efficient training in English in order to fulfill the dreams
of non-Japanese people. This short-term manga camp aims to foster students’ interests and dreams of working in
the Manga Industry in the near future.



This course has been especially designed to provide an intensive study of Manga in English within a short amount of
time for non-Japanese people of all levels of experience.

The program covers all aspects of analog Manga Production, an essential foundation to have before implementing
digital methods and for those who wish to become manga editors and manga assistants in the future.

Through the course, students will learn how to develop characters, the techniques of manga illustration, how to
write a story, story boarding, the steps and skills to produce your own manga from scratch, and the Manga industry
in Japan, including the roles of Manga Editor and Manga Assistant. Moreover, due to the small class size and
coaching-style of instruction, students are able to freely ask questions that are of interest to them and receive
immediate and constant coaching according to their needs as they progress through the course toward their
self-determined goals. In most cases, students are tasked with creating a short manga by the final day of the

Outside of the classes themselves, students will be granted access to the Manga studio in the afternoons on both
Mondays, Wednesdays, and the first Friday, where students will have the opportunity to work on their tasks and own
manga projects alongside real Manga artists who use the space to work and get feedback from their peers. Moreover, for
students with serious ambitions to enter the industry, DEOW may arrange a meeting with a Manga editor who can give
further advice on your ideas and style. In all cases, the instructors of this course are happy to keep in touch
with alumni of this program and offer feedback to students online by video after the students complete the program and return home.

Key Lesson Topics

  • Vocabulary and features of Japanese Manga
  • Overview of Manga Production: from planning to printing
  • Length and styles of Japanese Manga
  • Structure & flow of plot, and the key structure of stories
  • The role and design of the main character
  • How to draw characters: proportions, perspectives, features, styles
  • Drawing for Manga: Perspective and Framing
  • How to plan your storyboard
  • Techniques for showcasing character, emotions, plot and mood through illustrations
  • The Manga Industry in Japan
  • The Role of the Manga Editor
  • The Role of the Manga Assistant
  • Popular and recommended Manga & Anime in
  • How to become a professional Manga Artist

Practical Training Areas

  • Generating the key ideas of your story and
  • How to use Japanese Manga pens and standard
  • Techniques for drawing lines, tones, shading and
  • How to build your repertoire of drawable
  • Drawing people and their features from multiple
    perspectives: body, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, eye brows, hair
  • Developing your keen eye: common mistakes when
    drawing people and perspectives
  • Polishing up and finishing your Manga
  • Determining the quantity and size of your frames,
    necessary frame content, and layout of your pages.


Program Dates

Sunday, October 13th – Saturday, October 26th, 2019 (14 days)

NOTE: Students should arrive in Japan by Sunday, October 13th, and
check into their accommodations.


Program Fees

Program Fee: ¥300,000 +tax
Early Entry Offer: ¥250,000 +tax (if you apply and pay by September 20th, 2019)

Tuition includes:

  • Accommodations (provided from Sunday, August
    4th until Saturday, August 17th, 2019 (Check-out)
  • Manga kit (Manga pen, pen tips of varying
    sizes, black ink, white ink, paper)
  • Manga Textbook and Template Manga for
  • Activity expenses during city tour on
    Saturday, October 19th.
  • Special Q&A Session with Professional Japanese Manga
  • Online support from Manga Instructor who can
    give feedback and guidance as you continue to develop you personal Manga.

NOTE: Students will need to cover the costs of food, travel to
and from Japan, daily commute and travel within Japan, and any other personal expenses.



Students will be provided accommodations for the duration of the program.

Each student will be given a private room in a modern student dormitory in the peaceful neighbourhood of Urawa,
Saitama, located directly north of central Tokyo and directly accessible to the school in Shibuya.

Program Schedule

Meet the Instructor

Tanaka Yukihisa

Author & International Instructor

Coordinator and Teacher of the Manga Animation Course at Sakura International Gakuin since 2009.
Teacher at the Tokyo Game Designer Gakuin since 2003.
Taught Manga courses and workshops in foreign countries.
Adviser of Kadokawa Contents Academy in Taiwan since 2018.
Professor of Doga Gakuin University in China.


Please apply below

If you are interested in this course, please fill out the form to let us know. This program has a maximum of 10
spots available.

In the textbox at the end of the form, please indicate:

  • your level of experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • your areas of experience (manga illustration, story writing, manga
  • your goals by the end of the program, and
  • and any other questions you may have.


NOTE: All registrations completed by June 20th will receive an Early
Admission discount.

Deadline to apply is: July 10th, 2019