KDU And Kadokawa Launches The First Ever Tertiary-Level Sequential Art Collaborative Programme In Asia

Dato’ Sri Norazman Ayob, MITI Malaysia’s Trade Deputy Secretary General putting his signature on officiating board to mark the official launch of KDU University College (KDU) and Kadokawa Contents Academy (KCA) in The Diploma in Sequential Arts Programme. Token of appreciation from KDU to Dato’ Sri Norazman Ayob, MITI Malaysia’s Trade Deputy Secretary General.
Group photo together with Dato’ Sri Norazman Ayob, Invest – KL and Kadokawa Contents Academy team. Part of student project showcase in the Kadokawa Contests Academy Comic Studio.
KDU University College (KDU) and Kadokawa Contents Academy (KCA) today officially launched their collaborative brainchild- the Diploma in Sequential Arts Programme at KDU’s Glenmarie campus. The launch was officiated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI Malaysia) Trade Deputy Secretary General, Dato' Sri Norazman Ayob and KDU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Hiew Pang Leang; witnessed by representatives from InvestKL; an investment promotion agency under the MITI Malaysia.

The Diploma in Sequential Arts Programme is the result of a unique Industry-Academic collaboration between KDU and KCA that was sealed in an MoU signing ceremony held on 9th May 2017, between KDU’s Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang and KCA CEO Mr. Tetsuya Koga.  Sequential Art is an art form that uses images and content deployed in a specific order for graphic storytelling or conveying its messages, such as comic books, graphic novels, cartoons and Manga.

“The Diploma in Sequential Art collaboration was initiated to cultivate visual artists and story-tellers with a high work standard synonymous with the Japanese culture, along with flair for localised Malaysian content and to address the growing need for talents in the creative content industry. We are very proud to be the first university college to launch the Diploma in Sequential programme, which is the first-of-its-kind to be offered in the whole of Asia”, stated Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang, KDU University College  Vice Chancellor.

However, technology is changing the face of entertainment in certain areas, such as comics and manga. For decades, Japanese publishers have been churning out volumes of comic strips known as manga with themes adapted to particular age groups and gender; their printing runs into the millions.
Together with KADOKAWA Contents Academy, KDU University College aims to help drive Malaysia to become a producer of first world talent in this new and exciting growth area – creative digital content and the world of comics and manga!