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Human Academy

Human Academy

L'école japonaise de manga, animé, jeux vidéo

YOU CAN LEARN TO CREATE

REAL JAPANESE MANGA!

Angoulême

Registration begins in February 2015

Class starts in September 2015

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What is Human Academy?

"Begun in 1994, Human Academy is a specialized educational institution with 19 schools in Japan. Its manga course began in 2001. Among its graduates, 145 students made professional debut and 331 students won prizes. They are performing at the top level in Japan.

Human Academy will bring its manga education program, which has resulted in 586 pro debuts and prize-winning works, to France. The course will start in the city of Angoulême, renown for its International Comics Festival, in September 2015! The school will be a formal education institute that awards a diploma (bac+5)*! Manga is recognized around the world for its allure. It provides “mother contents” that serve as the source for many content industries, including animation and videogames. Let’s spread the power of manga from France!

We have great expectations that our French and European students, who have been influenced by manga, anime, and videogames from Japan, will produce new and original works. You will do this by learning technical manga knowledge and skills, and integrating the culture of your own country and region. To make this vision a reality, we pledge to create a school in France that provides the same lessons from pro manga artists as in Japan. The school will connect students with manga editors of more 300 magazines. It will also bring collaborations with not just the manga industry, but also anime, videogames, and other content industries. "

“Aspects of Working in the Manga Industry,”

As Told by Professional Editors

  • Yohei Takami

    Deputy Editor
    Monthly Shonen Magazine, Kodansha

    PROFILE Desiring to work in its manga department, he joined Kodansha and was assigned to monthly manga magazines. Since then, he has worked in the magazine field for 15 years. He has handled the works of marquee artists, including Harold Sakuishi (“BECK”), Yoshito Yamahara (“Ryuroden”), Motohiro Kato (“Q.E.D.”), and Toka Adachi (“Noragami”).
    Currently Deputy Editor.
    A vocational school for manga (technical college) is a treasure chest of opportunities.
    Even when you become a pro, continue to work diligently. Spread your wings and fly into the world with manga!

    At a manga vocational school (technical college), you can thoroughly learn the fundamentals of manga production. The school also has a fat pipeline to publishing houses, and offers the advantage of making easy contacts with industry figures. But what is most wonderful is you will be greatly stimulated if you keep on practicing and see your friends draw amazing pictures. I think a place where you can get these opportunities is really valuable. Even hit manga veterans continue to study how to draw and practice their craft by going to sketching groups. Everyone wins by working hard! Although you need to make a living, I want you, while you’re young, to dream about conquering the world.

  • Atsushi Nakazaki

    Editorial Department
    Margaret, Shueisha

    PROFILE Came into contact with manga from a young age. When job-hunting, he was determined to become an editor of a manga magazine, and joined Shueisha. After being a member of Shonen Weekly Jump's editorial department, he joined Margaret magazine from 2010. He handles many artists including Arina Tanemura, whose work “Neko to Watashi no Kinyobi” is now being serialized, and Human Academy alumna Iwa Chika.
    Know clearly who you want to read your work, and how you want them to feel, and then work at it!

    I think there are major opportunities in the manga industry. Readers’ preferences are diversifying. A variety of worldviews are now recognized. Ways of presenting manga is also broadening with the introduction of Internet distribution and ebook platforms. Although creating manga is a wonderful way of expression where you directly present your thoughts to the audience, it is also a hard job because you must do all the tasks yourself, such as creating the story and characters. This part of being a manga artist gives you a tremendous sense of achievement. What a manga artist needs is the feeling of “I want to show the reader my work” and the artistic ability to express it. Actually, manga that clearly conveys this sense of “This is what I want to show you” becomes popular. Keep drawing while you learn techniques at school and make breakthroughs. Give 110 percent every time.

You can ask manga editors and illustration company representatives to look at your own work and receive direct advice! The October 2014 camp drew 83 editors from 54 magazines. A total of 276 students received business contact information from editors! Two students also advanced as candidates for manga prizes!

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Overview of Curriculum

The program is the result of probing the best methods for transforming students into manga artists.
The curriculum is filled with instruction on techniques for producing manga compelling to readers. Because the instructor is pro manga artist, you can learn not only practical techniques and ways of expressing manga, but you can also receive detailed advice at the editorial level. Raise your illustration skills and storytelling abilities to the professional level.

1. Manga Techniques

Learn about art materials,
pen techniques, pointillism, "kakeami" (a drawing technique in manga - applying hatching in the background),
and applying screentones.

Obtain the techniques necessary for manga expression, such as skills for applying screentones, based on original assignments from pro instructor. By learning analog techniques, you will be able to dramatically improve your power of expression when using digital tools.

2. Scenario Writing

Learn how to create stories, understand
elements of story development, and use
dramatic methods.

Based on the fundamentals of creating scenarios, learn techniques needed to create manga. Integrate elements such as story production techniques of veteran manga artists and film scriptwriting techniques. Theories are taught on how to create ideas, plot, and scenarios for main characters; how to set a theme in line with the page count; how to develop the story; and how to use theatrical and cinematic techniques to make stories more dramatic. Students work on assignments for each learning theme and are given feedback.

3. Storyboard Production

Study elements such as plot and panel
layout, and learn basic manga production
techniques.

First, get used to creating storyboards! Learn basic techniques such as how to create manga scenario storyboards, panel layouts, and page compositions for the entire work. Next, create storyboards based on simple scenarios with an emphasis on how characters move. Create storyboards of works to be submitted to publishers. Comedy / gags / sports / fantasy / 4-panel strips, etc . . . Create a short storyboard every week while overcoming the gap between the “work you can depict” and “the sophistication you want to publish.”

4. Character Design

Learn how to attractively design and
express the appearance and personality of
the main character and supporting cast.

When creating an original character, first create a biography of the character. Start with words, not drawing. If you have a biography, you will be able to naturally visualize the character's expressions, musculature, bearing, and actions. Then, create a draft sketch of the character, keep revising based on the advice of the instructor, and complete an even more well-defined character! This class will unfold with the mantra “Let’s create living characters.”

5. Backgrounds

Receive evaluation from pro editors from the industry, and create manga for your portfolio.

6. Survey of Manga

Learn the history of manga expression from its origin to the present day. Understand the features of manga's “mother content” in anime and videogames.

7. Special Seminar with Editors

Understand perspective paths and learn illustration techniques for backgrounds and natural objects. Learn applications, such as how to express backgrounds in manga panels.

8. Digital Manga

Learn CG illustration techniques using Photoshop and MANGA STUDIO.

9. Reference Pictures

Learn to draw backgrounds and objects essential to the manuscript to support the historical era and culture of the story.

10. Design

This class fosters your graphic ability with sketching of real-life models and costume design.

11. Illustration

Understand composition with a Japanese touch, learn the basic techniques of illustration, and create works from assignments to original illustrations.

* To improve the educational content of the Manga Course,the curriculum is subject to change.

Human Academy Manga Course has a system of cooperation with
the Japan’s top editing departments to which popular artists belong.
Take your abilities to the level of pro manga artists in a short time with
evaluation of your works and advice given from a professional perspective.

Introducing Some Current Students

and Graduates in Japan

  • Chika Iwashita

    Manga Course graduate
    Occupation: Manga artist

    Because Human Academy has a lineup of teachers active on the frontline of industry, it was fascinating to hear their stories from “the real world” while in school. I was accepted for debut in The Margaret two months before graduation. Two years after turning pro, I was also able to sell a standalone volume, “Konna Hatsukoi.” Besides working in manga, I’ve received a variety of assignments, like designing greeting cards for Margaret's editing department and creating illustrations for a fortune-telling magazine. If you believe in yourself, your path will open!

    * Currently her manga "After-School Theater" is being published under the pen name Chika Iwa (as of November 2014).
    Winner of Weekly Young Jump's "Newcomer Manga Prize." Made his debut in the magazine's "Miracle Jump" feature.

  • Kazutaka Nakamichi

    I made my magazine debut as a first-year student!
    There are many opportunities for you.

    Thanks to the evaluation committee at a manga camp, my work was published in the Miracle Jump feature of Weekly Young Jump. A manga I created later won the “Newcomer Prize” from Weekly Young Jump. Life at Human Academy was full of fun! I would draw different types of work, and find my own unique style.

Because absolutely necessary techniques
and knowledge are taught by real pros,
I can seriously aim to become a pro!
I succeeded in several achievements
by collaborating and cooperating
with the manga industry!
I'm currently being published
in Margaret (Shueisha)!

Strong connection with the manga industry

Manga camp

In the October of the second year, students receive short-term training in Japan and participate in a manga camp, which gathers manga editors from more than 50 magazines in one place!

Editorial desk seminars

Drawing seminar tour & Meeting for carry-on artwork
From the point of view of professional, editors speak about the checkpoint for manga work, the working situation for popular authors, and what you should prepare immediately for the future.
(The information is based on the events performed in 2013 in Japan)

Besides related experience in Japan, instructor is active as manga artist,
illustrator, and exhibited artist in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is now
collaborating with fashion brand: “McQ Alexander McQueen.” (as of 2014)

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About the School

Human Academy

L'école japonaise de manga, animé, jeux vidéo

School location : Angoulême !

121 rue de Bordeaux-16000 Angouleme, France

"La Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée" is located in the same building.
A manga/comics library and movie theater are also housed there.

The city of Angoulême is known for its international comics festival, held annually at the end of January. It is an area with many animation studios, videogame companies, and comic strip artists, as represented by Pole Magelis.

With student dormitories and cafeterias, it is the ideal environment for learning.

Manga Course

Full-time course / Two-year Program (including a number of internships)

Class size: 40 students

"Students who hold bac+3 or equivalent diploma in the field of art, animation, or jeux video.

Or students who are considered to have equivalent abilities from examination.

Skills necessary for entering school:

High motivation to study manga, design ability, creativity, interest in learning Japanese language and culture, and motivation to find employment or make debut in the desired industry (manga, publishing industry, animation, videogame, graphic industry)

Classes

First year

Survey of Manga, Character Design, Manga Expression Techniques 1 (pen techniques, effect lines, screentones, etc.), Manga Expression Techniques 2 (perspective, back ground, panel layout, etc.), Scenario Writing, Storyboard, Digital Practicum, Work Production, Japanese language

Special Classes : Special lectures by publishers, evaluation by publishers, Japanese anime workshop, game creator workshop

Second year

Work Production (choose from manga, animation, or videogames), Industry Research Seminar, Japanese language

From goal when entering school and first-year performance, create works for suitable employment in manga, animation, videogame, or other industries.

Special Courses : Internships, short-term training in Japan (manga camp, videogame camp, company interviews, special lectures, experience of Japanese culture)"

Diploma

Diploma recognized by the State: Master level - equivalant to "Bac+5"

*We are currently applying to the competent authority for diploma.

*If Bac+3 is not obtained at time of entering school, bac+5 certification at time of graduation is not possible."

Possible careers

Manga artist, comic strip artist, manga writer, editor, graphic designer, character designer, illustrator, animator (2D or 3D depending on your specialty), videogame industry (depending on specialty)

Entrance Exam

Registration: First Exam Feb. 1 - Mar. 20, 2015

First Exam: April

Second Exam: Apr. 20 - May 31, 2015 Exam: June
*Subject to spaces available after First Exam

Third Exam: June 20 - July 31, 2015 Exam: Open
*Subject to spaces avilable after First and Second Exam

* Pre-admission education (artwork touchup and workshop participation) will be given for free to successful applicants. Let's start as soon as possible!"

Selection process

Application review: Graphic portfolio, manga artwork, statement of motivation, actual techniques/interview test

* Details are provided in the application materials."

Tuition

€7,000 per year

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Free correction of your work

We offer you free correction of your work.

To avoid too many requests at venue, please make a reservation for this correction session.

Check your skill before taking a step toward your dream!

Free workshop participation

Join our workshop provided by the professional manga teacher who will teach at our school.

The manga workshops will be held in the school and your region (including Paris, Lyon or Lille, depending on the number of requests) in February and March 2015.

Please visit our website for the venues and schedule.

We are also seeking your request of place where you want us to organize the workshop.

Register now! (Registration is free)