Thanks To Netflix, You Can Now Study At A Tokyo Anime School For Free
This next sentence is about to be music to the ears of passionate anime fans everywhere who have long dreamed of studying and working in the Japanese animation industry.
Netflix has recently teamed up with WIT Studio to offer full scholarships for the WIT Animator Academy Course in Japan. For those who are new to the world of anime, WIT Studio is an animation studio best known for producing the first three seasons of hit anime series, Attack on Titan. Not only that, the course is also designed by Hitomi Tateno, a veteran animator who has worked for the legendary Studio Ghibli for 25 years.
Students who are awarded with the scholarship will be able to enroll in the six-month course from April to September for free and even have a portion of their living expenses subsidized by Netflix!
Throughout the course, students will attend classes five days a week at the Sasayuri Video Training Institute in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo. And the best part is, students who complete the course will be able to work as subcontracted animators for a Netflix original anime series that is set to be produced by WIT Studio or its sister studio, Production I.G.
Applications for the scholarship can be made online from now until 28 February through the WIT Animator Academy website.
However, before anyone rushes to apply, it is important to note that applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 25 and have graduated from high school no later than March 2021. Although the scholarship is available to non-Japanese, applicants must be residing in Japan and ideally, should be “able to have everyday conversations” in Japanese.
With such enticing offers to boast, it is no surprise that Netflix and WIT Studio will be extra stringent in their selection process that comprises of practical skill exams and interviews. At the end of the day, only 10 lucky students will successfully receive this highly coveted scholarship, so good luck everyone!