Turn your imagination into manga!

This online course includes feedback from the pros, individual instruction and support!

Turn your imagination into manga!

This online course includes feedback from the pros, individual instruction and support!


Learn about panel layouts, character creation, etc and create a 16-page manga manuscript.


Learn the basic drawing skills and about manga's unique tools and expressions to create a two-page manga manuscript with both characters and backgrounds.


Learn the difference between digital and traditional drawing, and use the basic digital software techniques to draw a manga manuscript and export it.

In this course, not only are the explanations given by the instructors subtitled in English, all written Japanese that appears on whiteboards and manga pages will also be overlaid with English translated text and published here on the site.



児玉 直樹 Naoki Kodama

児玉 直樹 Naoki Kodama

JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, Manga Creation Department Tutor


After being employed at a certain supermarket, debuted with a robot manga (he works hard).

Skilled in many different styles of drawing and knowledgeable about their differences.


Manga is an extension of doodling.
Everything starts from that.
Let's draw together casually!
伊藤 寛志 Hiroshi Ito

伊藤 寛志 Hiroshi Ito

JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, Part-time Tutor


Alumnus of JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, Manga Creation Department.

After working as an assistant to multiple manga artists, he now works as a manga artist himself.

An expert in background perspective, loves motorbikes.


You can express yourself freely with manga.
There are also things you can only express with manga. I hope you have fun studying!

Special bonus!

Celsys, Inc. is offering a serial code which allows you to use CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO free of charge for three months (paying customers only).

CLIP STUDIO PAINT was the most widely used software on the world’s largest illustration social network, pixiv, in 2017 (results collected by Celsys, Inc., based on the numbers officially released by pixiv).

  • * For information on how to use the serial number, please visit the CLIP STUDIO PAINT website.
  • * The serial number is for the downloaded version only. Please be aware it will not work with the iPad app.

MANABI JOURNEY Manga Drawing Course Line-up

At MANABI JOURNEY, we've got courses for all levels of experience.
All courses are provided by JAM Japan Animation and Manga College.
Each course has its own special features, so make sure to check out what's on offer!


MANABI JOURNEY is an online school.

All courses on MANABI JOURNEY have a standard study period. For example, for the Manga Drawing / Comprehensive Course, this is 12 months. In other words, it usually takes this amount of time to improve your drawing skills and complete the course. However, those who have limited time, such as students and those in employment, can take more time than this if necessary, as long as they periodically take classes. So, rest assured and take your time!

MANABI JOURNEY is an online school

There's no membership fees, enrollment fees, or extension fees! All you have to pay is the course fee.

Membership registration at MANABI JOURNEY is free, and there are no additional fees; all you have to pay is the course fee. What’s more, if you pay by card, you can choose to pay in instalments.

There's no membership fees, enrollment fees, or extension fees!

You can meet other students on our exclusive social media platform.

You can meet other students on our exclusive social media platform. We have a forum for those taking courses on MANABI JOURNEY. There, you can chat, ask questions, and get feedback from your fellow students so that you can improve your skills together. Furthermore, depending on the contents of the questions, your tutors will also participate. As this is a platform for students, you don't have to worry about differences in age, gender, or nationality! (You can even choose a nickname to make it even easier to post!)

Work hard with your fellow students, and become the best you can be!

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You can start as soon as you apply      
There are no time or space restrictions      
Classes match your current
level of knowledge
Not influenced by tutors      
Management of level of
Shared information  *1    
Enrollment fee
Course fee
699 USD (77,000 YEN)
Enrollment fee
About 90 USD (10,000 YEN)
Course fee
About 2,255 USD (248,000 YEN)
Enrollment fee
About 295 USD (32,400 YEN)
Course fee
About 3,140 USD (345,600 YEN)
Study time limit Standard time limit
12 months
(free extension possible)*2
12 months 6 months
  • You can communicate with fellow students using our exclusive social media platform
  • This course allows you to extend the time limit for free

Course Tips

What kind of course is it?
It’s a comprehensive course put together by the well-established JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, which has produced over 100 professional Mangaka (Manga Artists), and will teach you how to create manga from zero to professional debut-level.
How do I take the course? Do I have to go to a college?
It's an online course, so you can take lessons anywhere at any time, at your own pace! (You can even use your smart device!)
I'm busy with work, so I want to take it slowly, but if there's a time limit I don't think I can...
There is a standard study period, but there is no time limit! (*) Please take the course at your own pace!
*After the standard study period, if you don't log in to your account for over 90 days, it will be invalidated. We will email you alerts so that you don't forget.
I'm worried I can't do it alone...
You will talk to your professors for feedback, and you can talk to fellow students using our very own social media platform! Work hard and polish your art skills with people from all over the world!
I'm a beginner, so it seems a bit much to aim to go pro...
Don't worry. This course is based on the know-how that JAM has acquired over many years and the curriculum will support beginners until their professional debut. Therefore, even first-timers or those who want to draw manga for fun will improve their drawing skills.
I already draw manga. Do I have to take the course from the beginning?
The course is made up of video lessons, so you can skip any that you don't need to watch. However, you might learn something new from going over the basics from scratch! That's just how comprehensive the curriculum is.