Kyoto Seika to Launch Japan's 1st Manga Graduate Program
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Kyoto Seika University will launch a master's degree program in manga research — the first such post-graduate program in Japan — at the start of the 2010 academic year next spring. Kyoto Seika is already well-known for establishing Japan's first university manga program in 2000. It has since established its Faculty of Manga in 2006, as well as the Kyoto International Manga Museum that same year. The faculty plans to run entrance exams next February for 20 spots in the new master's degree program. The university already offers some related courses in its Graduate Schools of Humanities and Art, but the new program will be the first one directly under the auspices of the Faculty of Manga.
The faculty's teaching staff includes To Terra creator Keiko Takemiya, Kodomo no Kodomo creator Akira Saso, and manga translator and cultural anthopologist Matt Thorn. The late feminist manga creator Murasaki Yamada also once taught at the school.
The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music filed an application to establish an animation major and Japan's first post-graduate animation program in 2007.