Tentative Plan for Establishment of Technical Animation Training Course in Art and Design Universities
Until recently, the subject of animation had not been a part of Japan's art and design universities in the form of either a regular subject of study or as a specialty course. However, with the establishment of the Department of Manga at Kyoto Seika University in 2000, and the start of visual media presentation training (as based on the revision of the school course guide lines by the Ministry of Education , Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), together with the advancement in the social acceptance of animation as an industry, part of the culture, and an art form , it can now be assumed that the foundations for teaching animation as a subject at universities have been laid. This paper the meaning and positioning of the establishment of the areas of education, training, and research on animation. It presents the basic ideas concerning the establishment of technical animation courses in art and design universities, as well as tentative plans for the curriculum including equipment, facilities, and courses (lectures, practices, and seminars).