Graduate School of Manga: Master’s Program Classes

The curriculum for the Graduate School of Manga’s Master’s Program features Special Lecture Classes such as the Manga Theory Special Lecture and the Manga Discipline Special Lecture , fostering the ability to consider manga from multilateral perspectives. Meanwhile, the Specialized Research Classes aim to help scholars establish their own stance and attitude towards manga. Along with the Joint Introductory Classes, the Program also allows students to build awareness of diverse forms of media, including anime.

Special Lecture Classes

Manga Theory Special Lecture

Aspects of Manga Theory

Introduces previous research fields from semiology, the history of ideas, gender theory, and also fan culture research. Verifies the special characteristics of manga due to historical backgrounds, and social and cultural contexts, and re-considers the field from global perspectives.

Manga Discipline Special Lecture1

Manga “Authorship”

Based on recent manga research that places emphasis on reader theory, issues of manga “authorship” will be illuminated. In order to consider the special attributes of manga artists from the relationships between artists and artisans, self-expression and fan services, guest artists and editors are invited to participate in dialog sessions conducted by scholars, which reveal differences that may exsit between academic concepts and artist’s ideas.

Manga Discipline Special Lecture 2

Animation Research Foundation

In manga research the relationship with animation cannot be ignored. This class looks at essential foundational knowledge in animation research and its connections with manga and associated media.

Manga Discipline Special Lecture 3

Manga Discipline Field World Methodology

Studies the necessary methods of gathering and sorting information in order to conduct social historical survey research in manga. For the final phase each researcher reports on their survey and discusses effective survey methodology.

Manga Discipline Special Lecture 4

Content Business

Considers the growth of content business into an important commercial industry through changes in the needs of people and the progress of mobile phone technology. Interprets business methods and their success factors, focusing on the Pokemon franchise, which has continually developed new products based on game software.

Specialist Research Classes

Manga Research 1

The Meaning and Expression of Story Manga Work / History of Satirical Manga and Self-Expression

In the Meaning and Expression of Story Manga Work, in order to consider the relationship between meaning and expression in a completed story manga, Keiko Takemiya analyzes and discusses her own key work “Kaze to Ki no Shi”. Historical Satirical Manga and Self-Expression considers and researches European work for discussion of the historical influence of satirical manga (caricature) and the role it has played.

Manga Research 1 (Theory)

International Movements in Manga / Anime Research
Foundational Knowledge and Ways of Thinking for Accomplishing Research

Considers manga and the various means of its research through reports by scholars on reference literature. Enhances capabilities to collate and handle information, necessary for conducting Master’s research.

Manga Research 2

Experiments in Online Manga / Satire and Its Potential

In Experiments in Online Manga, scholars examine the presentation of manga on the World Wide Web and concurrently actually produce their own works. They consider how existing manga styles will develop or maintain current styles, and the possibilities and techniques. Satire and Its Potential furthers social understanding from the perspective of satirical manga, and aims to establish expressive capabilities and styles.

Manga Research 2 (Theory)

Various Theories For Manga Scholarship

Considers various academic theories and how they can be applied to manga research, including representation, narratology, semiology, linguistic analysis, media theory, cultural history and comparative culture, cultural studies, contemporary society, and commerce.

Manga Research 3
(Story Manga)

Formulating Story, Character and Storyboards, and Developmental Application

Through production work, scholars deepen their thinking as regards manga themes and methodologies, and produce research dissertations and manga work that can objectively present findings.

Manga Research 3

Innovative Satire

Moving one step on from existing satire, scholars work to establish their own individual styles. By taking part in domestic and international competitions, scholars research how to realize improved expression in their work.

Manga Research 3 (Theory)

Aspects of Manga Research

Scholars acquire writing ability beyond academic dissertations, through creating manga synopses and artist’s profiles for exhibitions under planning at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Further, as part of their work for their Master’s thesis scholars will improve their language and presentation abilities through the preparatory process of mid-research briefing sessions.

Manga Research 4
(Story Manga)

Formulating Story, Character and Storyboards, and Developmental Application

Following on from the Manga Research 3 , at tutorial staff seminars scholars discuss planned graduation exhibition works.

Manga Research 4

Making Final Flowers Bloom

Aims to create work reflecting artist identity appropriate for final graduation artwork. Further, building on discussion, production and presentation, the unique attributes of cartoons are discovered.

Manga Research 4 (Theory)

Aspects of Manga Research

Focuses mainly on creating the final Master’s thesis but, in addition to individual tutoring, also utilizes graduate student discussion as a site for mutual criticism. Master’s program dissertation research results are published online and the most distinguished works are published by the University.

Graduate School of Manga: Doctorate (Ph.D.) Classes

Manga Research Planning

In close consultation with the teaching staff, scholars examine literature, analyze artwork, and give presentations. Further, teaching staff provide academic support in accordance with each graduate scholar’s research area and research themes, and scholars devise a research plan for their three years’ doctorate course.

Manga General Research 1-3

Each scholar creates a dissertation according to their research theme, with their assigned academic supervisor providing tutoring at each stage. Further, presentation and debate of their work deepens scholars’ ideas and concepts.