Tokyo College of Anime: E-Sports Program

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School Introduction

The Tokyo College of Anime is one of the leading vocational schools of Animation, E-Sports, and Anime Voice Acting in Japan, with hands-on specialized industry-specific training from top class instructors in modern and fully-equipped facilities.

With a goal that students are able to be successful post-graduation, the courses are collaborative, practical and stimulating, and updated to be in line with the current trends, industry-standard practises and technologies, and most importantly the current demand and needs of the industry. Moreover, Tokyo College of Anime provides job counselling and job search services to its students as well as support to debut and launch their career.

Note that this school’s courses are all offered in Japanese only.
School Staff Support Languages: Japanese
Minimum Course Duration: 2 years

Department Introduction

About the Program

The E-sports program offered out of the Department of Performing Arts is the first professional E-sports program in Japan, and remains the leading program of the industry of professional gamers.

E-Sports is a fast-growing industry and still in the beginning stages of development. This program trains its students to prepare them for all aspects of this growing industry, including everything from game play techniques that prepare students for live tournaments, to the production side of gaming events including creating, promoting and running full-scale tournaments.

After this 2-year program, students will have the experience and tools necessary for the following careers:
  • Pro Gamer
  • Pro-Gamer Team Manager
  • E-Sports Competition Producer
  • E-Sports Competition Director
  • E-Sports Competition Technical Staff
  • E-Sports Entrepreneur
  • E-Sports Marketer
  • E-Sports Caster, Announcer, and MC

Students can choose between 4 majors:

  • E-Sports Pro Gamer Major
    This is the Major for those who aspire to be Pro Gamers and Managers of professional teams. The course challenges students through various types of games including FPS, RTS, fighting, and more, and teaches the various techniques, strategies, and tactics of the game and style.
  • E-Sports Event Planning and Production Major
    This major is for those aiming to be producers, directors, and technical staff of e-game productions, and trains students to be specialists in creating e-sports competitions and related events. Students will acquire the knowledge and experience to plan, create, manage, and market e-sports competitions and events.
  • E-Sports Streamer Major
    This major aims at training students for employment and entrepreneurship in the e-sports industry with knowledge of the e-sports business, such as marketing, sports business, as well as video capture and delivery. The goal for these students is to find or create jobs for game makers, event companies, and marketing agencies around this exciting new industry.
  • E-Sports Caster Major
    This major is for those who want to hone their skills as being an announcer and MC at live E-Sports tournaments, providing real-time insights into the game and its developments to a live and online audience. In addition to qualified instructors, professionals and presenters from various backgrounds are invited to provide insights into announcing and share their knowledge and techniques about the world of e-sports entertainment.

Main Features

State-of-the-art facilities
This School has made a lot of investment into having complete and modern facilities and equipment for use both within students’ programs as well as outside of class time in for leisure or club-related activities.

The facilities available to all students include:
Multiple E-Sports Gamer Rooms equipped with high-performance computers, headsets, and game library, as well as an E-Sports Competition Arena with two sets of computers facing one another, and a large monitor, viewing area, and event lighting equipment.
Huge library filled floor to ceiling with Manga and Anime (requires a ladder to reach all of the materials).
Open-style cafeteria complete with inspirational and original student-made artwork and creations.
Quiet reading and working spaces connected to rooftop patio.
Multipurpose rooms hosting events, pop-up galleries, and displays of students’ works.
Shuttle Vans for students to be taken between facilities and to the train station. The Vans are bright yellow with anime on the sides, making for an exciting journey to where you need to go.
Multiple recording studios fully equipped with microphones, mixers, and computers with industry-standard software.
Multiple dance and acting studios with mirrors and chairs.
Various workshop spaces with materials for crafting props, designing and creating costumes, recording sound effects, creating figures, as well as painting and crafting fine-art.
Multiple music practise rooms and recording studios complete with mixers, microphones, and computers with industry-standard software.
Multiple blackbox theatres set up for various purposes including live music performances, stage performances and musicals, dance performances.
Event space with full stage complete with all equipment, lighting and sound used for public and school performances, special guest presentations, and various student-run activities and clubs.
4K TV Recording studio with multiple cameras, monitor, full lighting and backdrop.
Multiple Anime and Manga illustration labs with tablets for each student to transcribe and design their anime work in digital, and studios with individual computers and a main screen monitor for use in the animation process itself.

Highly active student body
The learning environment couldn’t be more stimulating and exciting given the various projects, clubs, and activities that students can be a part of.

In addition to a flexible course selection policy (known as W Major Curriculum), students also organize various clubs and activities based on a wide variety of interests which are open to the students of the school to get involved in. This gives students the additional opportunity to keep active, further develop skills and talents, and form ever-lasting bonds with fellow students of various backgrounds and other majors. The school’s extensive club and extra-curricular activities highlight the spirit of the school.

Clubs include:
Cosplay Club
Anison Dance Club
Voice Recording Afterschool Club
School Radio Broadcasting Club
Idol Troupe
Card Game Club
Singing Club
Hero Action Team (HAT)
Music Band
Stand-up Comedy
E-Sports Club (for non-pros and non-department members also)
Savage Club (survival games)

W-Major Curriculum
This is a school policy that allows students the freedom to take courses and classes that are not related directly to the major that they decided upon registration with the school. This allows students to fully develop in multiple ways and to adjust their learning and curriculum based on their newly-discovered interests. Learning is in the hands of the student, and success is created by being versatile and always expanding your limits. By allowing students to explore the breadth of their skills, students will be all the more equipped to take on multiple jobs post-graduation.

Connection to Industry
Not only do the school’s instructors themselves come from an extensive professional background in the industry, but the school organizes guest lectures with current-day talent and leaders in the industry, as well as organizes collaborative projects between its students and the industry specific to the students’ majors.
Support to succeed in the real world
The courses taught at this school are hands-on & practical, and also ever-evolving with the changes in trends, technology and actual needs of the current-day industry, giving students the experience, knowledge and support they need to immediately transition into the industry as a working professional. In addition to practical education, students are also given a human education, which cultivates their skills of communication through greetings, courteousness, and consideration, in order to gain the trust and respect of those with whom we work. Moreover, students are given additional support in the transition to their careers with job search assistance and one-on-one counselling.

School Location

Nearest station: Nishi-Kasai station (Tokyo Metro tozai line)
Distance from station: 10 minutes walk.

It takes 3o minutes by train from Shinjuku and Shibuya to the nearest station, and this school is surrounded by various shops, where you can enjoy cosplay and card games. Moreover, there are even tons of vocational schools nearby, which is related to an art and entertainment.

Available Courses

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Course Description

Game Practice: Learn practical skills and strategies from instructors and professional team coaches.

Game English Conversation: Learn the commonly used conversation of international game play.

Professional Mind: How to think and advance in the professional world of E-sports.

Business Manners: Learn about the business of E-Sports and how to develop your human skills to be effective and active members in it.

Communication Skills: Develop and build good personal relationship skills with self-expression, hospitality skills, and a mind of service.

Game Strategies & Tactics: Learn the rules of various e-sports game titles and the intrinsic world-class strategies and tactics of each respectively.

Self-Management: This industry requires us to be independent. Learn self-awareness and the self-management skills to succeed in the tough professional e-sports scene, as well as acquire the human power to be active contributors.

Presentational Skills: Develop your professional presentation and interview skills with practise expressing yourself and giving talks.

Career Program: Transition into and continue to develop as an independent and professional member of society and within the e-Sports business world. Acquire your work values and ethic.

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