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Visual Design and Animation – Japan Study Tour
Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Trimester 3
Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Budget Sheets Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2016 29/05/2016 01/06/2016 14/11/2016 02/12/2016
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

20 x $3,000 grants* available for successful candidates!

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

The 2016 tour highlights how traditional and emerging art practices and technologies converge within contemporary Japanese culture, with a focus on interdisciplinary practices including 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


  • WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 
  • completed at least 8 credit points, at time of application
  • acceptance into the program and access to enrol in study tour unit is subject to selection process with academic co-ordinators.If students 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, as places are limited. Students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major.

Unit enrolment:
Students will only be able to enrol in a study tour in StudentConnect after they have been offered a place in a program. Students accepted into the program will be advised when they can visit StudentConnect to enrol in their study tour unit. 

14 November - 2 December 2016

Costs approx.:

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

Funding and grant options:
OS-HELP Loans: (For students in Commonwealth Supported Places)
Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $7764 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.
Be prepared and get yourself organised early - We recommend students apply for their OS-HELP Loan as soon as they are accepted and enrol into the study tour unit. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines set by Reho Study Tours are mandatory, regardless of the status of an OS-HELP Loan application.

* New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants:
This program is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. There are 20 grants available for domestic students, valued at $3000 each. All students accepted into the study tour will be assessed for an NCP scholarship, no additional application is required. Eligibility criteria applies.


Academic program co-ordinators:
Tonya Meyrick and Rosemary Woodcock.



Important dates:

Applications now open!
Applications close: Sunday 29 May 2016
Interviews:  7-8 June 2016
Faculty Student Mobility pre-departure: 11 October 2016 (TBC)
Global Mobility pre-departure: TBC


Travel Insurance:
Complimentary travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, plus up to 10 days coverage for personal travel. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
More information about International Travel Insurance for Students can be found here:


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.

Deakin's Global Citizenship Program
* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program -


Cancellation policy:

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


Any questions?
If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office: or (03) 9246 8759

Japan Class