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Visual Design and Animation – Japan Study Tour
Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Trimester 3
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Budget Sheets Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:

Visual Design and Animation – Japan Study Tour
Unit: ACG308 (1cp)

Visual Art Japan

Explore Japan’s contradictions: from Harajuku pop culture to the temples and old market streets of Kyoto.

The 2015 tour highlights how traditional and emerging art practices and technologies converge within contemporary Japanese culture, with a focus on Animation and Visual Communication Design. This unit engages with divergent Japanese cultures - from high concept art & design to anime, manga and game culture - through visits to key places of interest including Akihabara, Ginza design precinct, and the temples and shrines of Kyoto.

The study tour experience will inform new work and new understandings of the research process for Animation, Visual Communication Design and other creative arts disciplines. The following different modes of study will be conducted throughout the study tour:

• Field trips to major locations of cultural significance to the history of art, technology, popular culture and design of Japan.
• Guided studio visits to major animation and design studios in Japan.
• Collaborative classes with students at partner universities including Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Kyoto University of Art & Design.
• Specified assignment tasks carried out in a variety of contexts and spaces.
• Formal discussion and presentation sessions with students from partner universities

A minimum of 8 credit points of study of undergraduate units completed including at least one of ACG103, ACG101, AMC100 or AMC101 or AMC104.

Students should have at least 1 cp of study to complete within their degree upon their return from the study tour (e.g. in the following trimester). You must have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application. If you are unsure as to whether this unit fits within your course structure, or your WAM, please contact your faculty course advisor.

Please note that study tour units may not run each year. Enrolment is always subject to a selection process and approval by the Unit Chair as places are limited. Therefore students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major.

The dates of the ACG308 2015 Japan study tour are yet to be finalised. The Japan study tour typically takes place during early to late November (specific dates TBC).

Cost: $5700 (approx. cost)

Funding options:

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $7635 to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found here. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

Included in the program price is:

• Return flights
• Twin share accommodation
• Some meals
• In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and cultural activities

Items not included in the price and that students should allow for are:

• Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Vaccinations
• Spending money
• Meals not specified on the itinerary

Important dates:
Applications open: Monday 18 May 2015
Applications close: Friday 26 June 2015 Applications extended to Sunday 26 July 2015!
Interviews:  mid-July (exact dates TBC)
Faculty Student Mobility pre-departure: September 2015 (exact dates TBC)
Global Mobility pre-departure: TBC

Important to note:

A minimum number of 16 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total. Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.

Cancellation policy:

Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty

Japan Class

* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program -

If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact Arts and Education Student Mobility:


This program is currently not accepting applications.