Japanese manga has spread all over the globe and attracted intense attention. Its means of expression diversify every minute, evolving new media and broadening its market. Manga artists do not confine themselves to current forms but work to open up new kinds of creative expression. Researchers meanwhile support them, sometimes as critics, sometimes as producers. SEIKA’s Graduate School of Manga fosters the new generation of manga culture leaders.
1.Pursuing the essence of manga at the cutting edge of research
SEIKA has led the world in manga research, establishing the first ever faculty for teaching manga in Japan in 2006, followed by the country’s first manga graduate department in 2010. Manga is not just a resource to be examined; SEIKA’s research is rare in its serious investigation into the very essence of manga itself. Further, through the University’s International Manga Research Center and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, in cooperation with Kyoto City, SEIKA is molding a whole new level of manga research possibilities.
2.Learning from artists, editors and international researchers
The researchers at SEIKA are manga specialists working in international institutions, drawn from leading editors and manga artists and writers. The University has attracted recognition early on for its manga rsearch tutors’ abilities, teaching methods, and research results, demonstrating the potential of manga. Interaction between our students is also one of the characteristics of the graduate school. The theory and practice program scholars work together to deepen each other’s knowledge and awareness of the key issues in manga, and evolve multilateral research even further.
3.Transmitting Japanese manga culture out into the world
As society becomes more globalized and Japanese manga garners more and more attention from overseas, SEIKA plays a significant role as a foundational research base, aiding in the transmission of Japanese manga the rest of the world. Our Graduate School of Manga scholars participate in international organizations and comics events, widening the global manga culture network. There are also many international students, leading to inter-cultural exchanges on a daily basis. Through these activities, which maintain a world-wide perspective, the University fosters the human resources for working internationally.