Manga | Comic Illustration | Digital Illustration | Novel & Scenario Writing
About the School
The Tokyo Communication Arts (TCA) Technical College follows Three Educational Guidelines, which are: Vocational Education, Human Education, and International Education
With a belief that to in order to develop the talent that is needed in the industry, the student must work alongside the industry, TCA has practiced an “academia-industry collaborative education” since its establishment in 1988 by providing programs that work in close cooperation with companies, and by doing so has been successful in producing students that become immediately effective in the professional creative industry after graduation.
TCA stands behind its excellent professional education with a 3-year and 4-year curriculum that fosters a real & rich creativity based on the beauty of human ingenuity. This school is for the student who wishes to develop him or herself as a creator of the future.
Note that this school’s courses are all offered in Japanese only.
About the Program
The World of Design at TCA is about creating designs and illustrations that inspire, move, and influence people in this ever-evolving industry. With a small number of people in the class, students are able to develop high-level skills quickly, going from knowing nothing to being able to navigate the designers tools and create within the 1st year, as well as realize, explore and develop your individuality and strengths. Moreover, like most programs of TCA, the facilities, including the computer rooms, are open 24-hours a day, allowing students the freedom to devote themselves to their work as much as they like.
Within these 3-year programs, students learn how to produce and also how to sell their designs and illustrations, cultivating their power to express concepts strongly and effectively, learning universal techniques of drawing and illustrating while implementing individual methods of expression. This department also has an incredible success rate, with 100% of its students finding employment post-graduation in 2017 at such major companies as: BANDAI Namco Pictures, Glee, DMM, Success, Sega Interactive, Craft Worldwide, Mash Design Lab, JC Staff, From Software, Production IG, and more. And with the “W Major Curriculum” Policy, students are able to branch out from their initial major and choose courses from other programs in order to stimulate their interests and enhance their skillset & employability as a more well-rounded artist & designer.
This program prepares students for the following careers:
Professional Manga Artist
Original Manga Author
Easy-reading Novel Writer
Picture Book Writer
Game Character Designer
After this 3-to 4-year program, students will graduate with nationally-recognized Advanced Specialist Degree that is considered the equivalent to a 4-year University Degree from a technical school.
Graduates go on to work for at the following company types:
Self-represented Professional Manga Artists
Game Creation Companies
TV Production Companes
Film Production Companies
Theatre Production Companies
Editorial Production Firms
Copyright Production Companies
Web Movie Production Companies
Short Film Production Companies
Screenplay & Script Publishers / Production Companies
Scenario Production Companies
Students can choose between 4 majors:
Manga Major – Become a Manga artist who can create and sell your work in magazines & print as well as digital platforms & SNS. This 3- to 4-year program takes students through drawing techniques by hand to digitalizing and publishing with computer software. Students in this major can work as cartoonists, illustrators, original manga artists, manga artist assistants, character designers, picture book writers, and more.
Comic Illustration Major – Learn to create original and enticing illustration with both analog and digital technologies in this 3- to 4-year program, which prepares students to become an illustrator, cartoonist, manga artist, manga artist assistant, manga essayist, character designer, picture book writer, web designer, DTP designer, editorial designer, book designer, and more.
Digital Illustration and Manga Major – Master your skills in creating high quality digital manga illustrations through industry-standard software to prepare for such careers as illustrator, cartoonist, character designer, game designer, manga artist assistant, picture book writer, web designer, DTP designer, editorial designer, book designer, and more.
Novel & Scenario Major – Create your world through text as you master your skills as a story and scenario writer for manga, games, and animated films and learn about the planning of such kinds of projects. This 3- to 4-year program takes students through the techniques of story & narration writing, research, game planning, game scenario writing, novel production, and idea-generating techniques, through to article & editorial writing, in order to prepare students for careers as a light novel writer, novelist, game scenario writer, game planner, screenwriter, , composition writer, copywriter, magazine writer, web writer, original manga author, playwright, magazine editor, and more.
Unique Program Support to transition from Student to Professional
This program offers a unique and valuable support system to its students so that they can maximize their employability post-graduation. The system includes:
Get feedback on and correction of your work by professional editors & professional manga artists
Learn directly from professional writer in the industry who has created some hit works through guest seminars.
Have the opportunity to be recognized directly by professional editors at a school-organized event where you showcase your work to invited editors.
Have the opportunity to be published with the school sending work of high-potential students directly to publishers in the industry.
Support post-graduation to help you kickstart your career in the industry
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Employment after graduating
TCA offers a complete system of support out of its Career Support Center, which has connections and relationships directly with the industry.
Fosters Real Abilities
Within your 3-year or 4-year program, you will push hard to acquire the practical power and skill required, from learning the basics to real applications that prepare you for the industry.
Corporate Projects that give real-life experience
Tackle issues that corporations are facing at the present day and create solutions in class just as one would in the real world through the guidance of teachers who are active creators in the industry.
W Major Curriculum expands your possibilities
In addition to the classes that fall under the major that you decided at the time of admission, through this system you are able to choose courses from other majors. This freedom expands your talents and interests and makes you a more versatile creator in the world.
Overseas Practical Training
Although you may be taking this course from oversees as is, in your 3rd year you have the ability to go abroad for further training in places such as Milan, Los Angeles, and Paris in order to further your worldly perspective.
Support whenever you need it
The school offers support to its students through consultation about daily school life from a team of responsible staff, in addition to professional instructors who guide and support students’ studies.
Address:Tokyo Communication Arts Technical College:5-chōme-3-1 Nishikasai, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 134-0088東京コミュニケーションアート専門学校:〒134-0088 東京都江戸川区西葛西５丁目３−1Go to the map
Minimum course length
Library, Gallery, Open-concept work spaces, Counselling Rooms, Lounge, Patio, Dormitories, Windows & Mac Computer Labs, Presentation Rooms, Digital Manga Illustration Labs
Job search Support, Career Counselling
– How to create original ideas and characters
– How to draw using a pen and digitally (Manga Major)
– How to illustrate on a computer (Comic Illustration Major)
– How to write, writing techniques, manga & anime planning, novel production (Novel & Scenario Major)