After the official grand opening March 7th, 2016, KADOKAWA Animation and Design School is now officially open for business in Southeast Asia. The school is located at B floor of Chamchuri Square Building in Bangkok, Thailand, and opens from 10:00 – 20:00 (Except Mondays).
The school is now recruiting its first set of students from now until April 22nd, 2016. The study term will begin on April 23rd, 2016.
Courses offered include Manga course and Character Design course, which range from beginners course up until advanced levels. The classes will be conducted by famous teachers from Thailand and Japan, respectively, who have extensive experience in the industry.
KADOKAWA Animation and Design School is an institution that is established to develop talented creators to become the next leaders in society. It is said that Japanese cartoons and animations became internationally acknowledged because of the “Fun tips and tricks” that originated from a culture that is uniquely Japanese. As such, , other than learning the techniques for using digital tools, students will also learn the “Techniques of creating digital content from Japan” in the school. The school also promises to support students to make their professional debut with extensive portfolio of projects.
“We want to promote anime culture worldwide and to help Thais to become original creators of content from their own culture.” said the company’s chairman, Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, at the opening of Kadokawa Animation and Design School at Chamchuri Square in Bangkok.
The school has been co-funded by Kadokawa, Kinokuniya Co., Pasona Group Inc. and Cool Japan Fund Inc.
“Kadokawa Animation and Design School in Bangkok is a part of the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Fund, worth $4.4 million. We plan to open a school in Malaysia next year and a new school every year in Asian countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. We are also in talks with the Chinese and Australian governments to open our schools there,” Tetsuya Koga, president and CEO of Kadokawa Contents Academy Co., told Kyodo News.
“Thailand and Indonesia have the biggest market for anime consumption in Southeast Asia while China is the top in the whole of Asia,” Koga said. “We see the potential of the market in Thailand. A Japan anime festival here was attended by 400,000 people.”
Kadokawa Animation and Design School saw its first overseas branch open in Taiwan in 2014.