Discover what it takes to become a professional 2D animator! In this comprehensive 2D animation course, you’ll learn how to use Toon Boom Harmony to create hand-drawn style character animations from scratch, and be guided step by step by industry professionals who have worked on iconic animated films and TV shows.
Why study 2D animation at CG Spectrum:
This 2D animation for beginners course is an excellent way to start your career as an animator! Starting with the basics of animation and working your way up to much more complex projects, your mentor will guide you through fun exercises, share both modern and traditional animation techniques, and offer insightful feedback on your work, frame by frame, to help you progress faster as an artist.
CG Spectrum’s 2D animation classes are conducted online, meaning they’re available to all international students. You’ll be personally mentored by former Disney and DreamWorks artists with decades of real world experience working on TV shows, and feature films.
Get expert career training and kick-start your journey as a 2D animator!
Starting with the 12 Principles of Animation, you'll learn 2D animation fundamentals step by step and start animating your first 2D pieces: the bouncing ball, flour sack jump and a walk cycle that brings your animated character to life. You'll discover how to create an animated scene packed with personality and emotion, while also creating the illusion of three-dimensional space; learn key features of Toon Boom and get familiar with drawing tools, posing, timing, spacing, the timeline and X-sheet.
This term focuses on drawing skills, advanced physical human and quadruped animation, plus animating pantomime and simple dialogue scenes. You'll study the greats and discover what makes their work so captivating, learn the importance of silhouettes, how to use a variety of timing in your story, and gain speed creating thumbnails and key poses.
By this stage, you’re ready for more advanced aspects of 2D: creating appealing characters, solid drawings, expressive acting and FX animation. Increase your technical skills while working towards creating a polished dialogue scene. Finish the course by finalizing your animation projects for your portfolio and exploring next steps with your mentor.
Dive right into the full study pathway and be industry ready in 18 months.
While at Disney and DreamWorks Scott animated classics like Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Road to El Dorado. He later won an Oscar for best special effects for Life of Pi.Read full bio
Alfredo is a 2D animator and storyboard artist who has worked on feature films like Klaus (Lead Animator on Jesper), Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells, and several TV shows.Read full bio
Sykosan is a 2D animation filmmaker with expertise covering all stages of the animation process and a unique style of modern western and Japanese influences.Read full bio
Based in Tokyo, Misu has worked as a storyboard artist for Pokemon Sun & Moon, Vinland Saga, Overlord II and Bleach Brave Souls.Read full bio
Scott has been an animator and storyboard artist working on both feature and TV animation. Currently, he is working as a Supervising Director at Exceptional Minds Studios.Read full bio
Montréal-based Hubert Lapointe has worked as an animator and animation supervisor on hit shows like Rick & Morty and The Ollie and Moon Show, and as a software instructor for ToonBoom.Read full bio
Marcel has animated for film, TV and video games since 2003 at studios across Canada and France including Bardel and Gameloft. He was also a Toon Boom instructor at studios and schools around the world.Read full bio
Todd is a thirty year veteran of the Hollywood 2D animation industry with extensive experience on features, TV, commercials, and theme park installations.Read full bio
Jim has worked in various animation roles on commercials, film, TV, and games, as well as teaching 2D Animation. He teaches animation online while working at CG Spectrum.Read full bio
The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.
Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.
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For this course, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).
Please note: Term 1 of this program is the same curriculum as the Introduction to 2D Animation Certificate. So if you've already completed the introduction course, you may skip to term 2.
What 2D animation careers can I explore post-graduation?
This course gives you an excellent understanding of 2D animation essentials including how to rig and animate. Depending on your level of commitment, animation skills, and demo reel, you may be ready to meet the minimum requirements to start applying for entry-level artist positions.
To increase your hiring potential, the Advanced 2D Animation Course is recommended. It covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation. Unlike some other schools offering animation programs, CG Spectrum includes additional career development services including portfolio/CV reviews, application help, a jobs database, interview preparation, and more.
Once you've completed the full study pathways, you could apply for junior 2D animator jobs such as:
Discover more about these 2D animator jobs, tips, salary expectations, and other animation and digital art careers here: