Media Production, Communication Arts, Animation, VFX and Broadcast Journalism Students, enrolled on the following modules are eligible to participate in this opportunity: TECH1004, TECH2002, TECH2004, TECH2005, TECH3008, TECH3008, TECH3013, TECH3022, TECH3010, ANIM1002, ANIM2002, AMIN3004.
Postgraduate students from the Leicester Media School from programmes such as MA Independent Study, International Film Production, Investigative Journalism are also eligible to apply.
The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 45 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.
The VFX, Media and Animation visit to Tokyo will allow students to engage with some of the most important media, VFX and animation centres in South East Asia – if not, in the world. Educational visits are likely to include the Sony Museum, Panasonic Technology Centre, NHK Broadcasting Museum, Sony Explora Centre, Fuji Television, the Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, the Nikon Archive, Tokyo Anime Museum, and the Studio Ghibli Museum (students MUST book in advance).
The Miraikan, for example is currently home to the world-famous Asimo robot, though also houses one of the few full-immersive 3D cinemas in the world. Here, students can see award winning visual effects films on a full 180 degree screen in 3D.
Participants are also encouraged to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum which pays homage to the work of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Totoro, etc.), where they can indulge in a fantasy world of props and architecture dedicated to the work of this studio. Similarly, the Tokyo Anime Centre also houses some of the most important cultural artefacts of Japanese contemporary animation.
In relation to important technological archives, students can explore the Sony Museum, Panasonic Centre, and the NHK Broadcasting Museum, all of which play a significant role in ensuring that the history of modern technology is secured, and which cast an important nod towards future/developing media tech.
Alongside this intensive academic itinerary, students will also have plenty of time to unwind and embrace Japanese culture. There will be optional visits to local landmarks and film locations such as Shibuya Crossing (see Baraka and Lost in Translation), and the Godzilla Tour, as well as time to explore the infamous Anime and Manga stores of districts such as Akihabara electric avenue.
There will also be opportunities to visit some of the many sacred shrines and temples offered in Tokyo. Sensoji Temple in of Asakusa for example, is one of Tokyo’s oldest temples, founded in 628. Sensoji is not only one of Tokyo’s grandest-looking temples, with its big, bold red gate, imposing temple buildings, and five-story pagoda – but it is also one of the most buzzing temples in the metropolis. More than just a temple, Sensoji is a neighbourhood in its own right, preserving the feel of old Tokyo. Here, students can explore a range of markets and eateries, and fully embrace local historical culture by dressing in period costume and taking a rickshaw ride.
Travel and accommodation
- Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
- Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.
- Trip-specific enquiries – Ben Harbisher – firstname.lastname@example.org
- General enquiries – #DMUglobal Office – email@example.com
If you have a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) or EU passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Japanese Embassy website.
Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.
- Departure date: Friday 22 February 2019
- Return date: Sunday 3 March 2019
- Estimated cost of flights and accommodation: £1050
- Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, cultural activities, and visa (if applicable)
- #DMUglobal bursary: £400
- Deadline for application: CLOSED