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Anime & Manga: Getting Started

This Introductory certificate Anime drawing course welcomes aspiring artists to experience the creation process of drawing Anime and Manga style.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability90%
Technical ability10%

Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulations with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.


Introduction Courses start:
Monday September 30th, 2019

Application Deadline is September 22, 2019.

Live Classes on:
Tuesdays & Fridays, 6pm Pacific Time

Online Certificate Program Description
Anime & Manga:
Getting Started

From concept to colour to completion, in this anime course you will learn the techniques and secrets employed by modern day professional Mangaka, Game Concept Artists, and Animators.

Working in the Manga and Anime drawing style to start your journey into the world of anime and manga illustrations at a game breakingly high level!

This online Manga course shows you how to draw Anime and Manga from your favourite Manga illustrators.

Who Should
Attend this program

This class is for Anime and Manga enthusiasts eager to discover the techniques used in the creation of their favourite pastime.

Also designed for Concept artists wishing to learn the elements of Manga and Anime design.

Target Student

Beginners, Aspiring artists who are deeply passionate about Anime style.

Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.

We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Program Outline

Anime & Manga:  Getting Started

Week 1
Concept: Heads!

Let's get this course started by learning all about the signature characteristics of anime and manga, namely enormous eyes, colorful hair and how to effectively use them in your own work!

Week 2
Technique: Bodies!

Being able to draw beautiful eyes and hair is great, but they will only get you so far if you only have stickmen to draw them on. Learn about structure, proportion, anatomy with anime/manga aesthetics and character design in this week's exciting lesson! Also, we're going to cover chibi characters, because if you're going to royally mess up proportions, you might as well do it intentionally! 

Week 3
Clean up: Ink!

Inking is more than just tracing over your sketch with a pen, its a second pass that refines your artwork and cleans up any loose ends, giving the artwork a new lease on life!


Week 4
Finale: Color!

Coloring is often considered the most intensive process of illustration and despite its name, is more than just assigning colors to different parts of the drawing, but also fleshing out the works tonal values and adding special effects! Learn all about different ways to color your works in this lesson!

All asssignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: ANIME-100

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

100% Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week


  • Class times are listed at the top of this website page
  • Class times are also visible on the application form
  • Flexible times for you to work and study at the same time

All Inclusive Education

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference to supplement their learning and improve their understanding.

Development & Special Needs100%
Lab Time100%
Office Hours100%

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Software Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software.
Academic discounts are available to our students.

Sai Paint Tool




VANAS Students save 60%

Adobe Creative Cloud


VANAS Students save 60%

Clip Studio Paint


System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System


Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.

The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.

A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),

Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

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Meet your Teacher

Merrit "Zephos" Wong


A freelance illustrator and graphic designer with over a decade of experience, Merritt “Zephos” Wong has become a professional Anime and Manga artist, a prominent figure in the Vancouver manga and anime having sold his own original creations both online and at numerous local conventions such as Anime Revolution and MiniComi.

With his passion in uncovering the science behind the style of Kawaii and by proxy the complete reverse of it, Zephos’ artistic insight is sure to jump-start the juices of any budding anime and manga artist!

Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act
and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions
registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

Bundle up and save!

Take all three courses for $750


Career Pathway

4 weeks

VANAS Anime and Manga
Getting Started Certificate

4 weeks

4 weeks

VANAS Anime and Manga
World Building Certificate


4 weeks

VANAS Anime and Manga
Ink & Color Certificate


4 weeks

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca