International Master in Japanese Animation

Specialize in Anime with the best Japanese professionals!

This training will allow you to become a professional in Japanese Animation with the best active professionals and will enable you to start working in the Japanese animation industry.


September to May






9 months


International Master




In Japan, there is currently a great demand for talented animators and the number of foreign animators working with Japan, whether in person or telematically, is constantly growing.

Until now, there has been no professional Japanese animation course to be able to take advantage of the opportunity of this demand.

This master’s program, designed and directed by some of the most prominent anime companies and professionals in Tokyo, makes job placement possible for those lovers of Japanese animation who want to work on major titles worldwide.

Methodology and Educational competencies

  • Provide knowledge of the concepts and terms of Japanese animated cinema.
  • Offer a vision of the craft of animation as an art and/or industry, applying traditional anime tools and their adaptation to new digital technologies.
  • Understand the differences and similarities between Japanese animation and European-American.
  • Learn to work with the Japanese studio method.
  • Understand working in various groups and the roles of a production team.
  • Know the tools used in the Japanese market.

Theoretical-practical training.

Reproduction of real work environment.

Experience in an international environment.


Academic excellence

Program based on absolute mastery of the technical and artistic skills of a Japanese animator.


Profesional success

Quality teaching that seeks to professionalise students in order to successfully take on any work project.


Growing industry

The Japanese animation industry has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, resulting in numerous emerging career opportunities.


Practical training

Based on projects that reproduce the real Japanese studio environment and encourage teamwork and an understanding of Japanese working methodologies.

Program – International Master in Japanese Animation



The course is separated into several modules ranging from an overview of the Japanese Animation Industry to the technical particularities of the different roles the student can assume within a production.

At the beginning of each module, a theoretical basis will be presented, which will then be reinforced with various examples and practical exercises. In addition to that, exercises aimed at improving drawing and animation will be given throughout the duration of the course.

Introduction to Japanese Animation
-History of the Japanese animation industry.
-Comparison between the Japanese industry and Western industries.
-Cultural origins of Japanese animation.
-Production pipeline of Japanese studios.

Drawing for animation
-Review of basic drawing concepts.
-Gestural drawing.
-Study methods.
-Exercises to develop speed and accuracy.
-Visual language of Japanese animation.
-Style and finishing.

-Review of basic concepts of animation.
-Comparison between Japanese and Western animation (cartoon).
-Time-sheet and notations.
-Japanese vs. western acting.
-Special effects.
-Working with different softwares vs. working on paper.

Layout and production
-Role of the Animator within the production.
-Layout definition and evolution.
-Meeting with the Director (Enshutsu).
-Model-sheets (settei) and production documents.
-Interpreting the Storyboard to create the Layout.
-Layer structure and visual composition.
-Recommendations and common mistakes.
-Presentation and export of the work.
-Director’s corrections.
-Animation Director’s corrections.
-First stage of cleanup (Genga/2nd key).

Animation assistance (Douga) and finishing
-Cleanup techniques.
-Inbetweening techniques and criteria.
-Digital painting
-Final composition.

Teamwork and communication
-Working environment (face-to-face and remote).
-Culture and language.
-Hierarchy and dealing within the production staff.
-Communication with the Production Assistant.
-Communication with Directors.
-Navigating within the industry.
-Working as an employee vs freelancer.

Curricular internships in Japanese companies (with the possibility of doing them in Japan)

Workshops with various professionals
Ishizuka Atsuko
Aoki Yasuhiro
Aoki yu
Mochizuki Shigetaka
Souki Production


Career opportunities / Employability

Animation Director

Directing groups of animators, supervising and guiding their work to meet the demands of the director and the production..

Key animator (Genga)

Work on the production of the main key frames of an animation, creating all the main narrative poses of the scenes with attention to character personality, staging and interpretation.

Inbetweener (Douga)

Creation of intermediate frames between two keyframes. The aim is to create the illusion of movement by a smooth transition from one image to another.

Clean Up (Douga)

Make the final stroke and take care of the finished appearance of the character or object drawn. Care must be taken to ensure that the final drawing is in accordance with the original model.

Layout 2D (Lo)

From the Storyboard, the layout artist uses the characters, sets, props and cameras of a film to stage the film, shot by shot.


Define the look, timing, camera angles and points of view of sequences. With the ability to interpret the director’s vision. Key guide to the production process.

Who is our master’s degree for?

The field of international animation is particularly diverse, and understanding the Japanese style can provide invaluable perspectives.

Professionals who want to boost their careers

For professionals with more than 2 years of experience in 2D animation.

Recent graduates in 2D animation

Did you recently graduate from college? This master’s degree will equip you with the fundamental skills to start your professional career in Anime.

University graduates in Fine Arts

This program is designed to develop the skills necessary to work as a 2D Animator for individuals with advanced drawing knowledge.

Teaching staff

Collaborating companies and entities

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The cost of the International Master in Japanese Animation is 13.450€


In order to facilitate access to the courses offered on the L’Idem campuses, the school pays particular attention to promoting talent through various types of scholarship.

Internships in Japan

Scholarship of €1,600 for travel, accommodation and meals for the students chosen to go to Japan to do their curricular internships in one of the collaborating companies.

Academic excellence

For students with an average of 9/10..