Overview

Learn 2D animation from top animators

Start your journey to become a 2D animator for film and games! Create the illusion of movement in your 2D characters and scenes while learning how to navigate Toon Boom Harmony, the 2D animation software used by studios worldwide.

Why study 2D animation at CG Spectrum:

  • Learn hand-drawn style character animation
  • Build skills in industry-standard tools and techniques
  • Receive mentorship from a world-class animator
  • Flexible study and payment options

You’ll explore both modern and traditional animation workflows to create hand-drawn-style character animations from scratch. Receive support and guidance from industry pros who have worked on iconic animated films and TV shows.

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Qualification

Industry Certificate

Duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Beginner to
Intermediate

Start date

August 5th, 2024
September 9th, 2024
October 7th, 2024

Tuition

Group Class: $9,999 USD
Private Class: $13,999 USD
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Why study with us

Receive 2D animation training from experts who've worked on your favorite films and TV shows

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our career-focused 2D animation courses help you build practical job skills that are required in the industry.

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Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on major feature films

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, hands-on job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments

Curriculum

Industry-focused online course to launch your career as a 2D animator

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 2D Animation

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. 

  • How to make your own 2D animations from scratch
  • Use Toon Boom Harmony software
  • Apply the 12 Principles of Animation
  • Create animated scenes using the most efficient workflows
  • 2D Animation Introduction and Overview
  • Bouncing Ball Animation Exercise
  • Adding a Tail to the Bouncing Ball
  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Flour Sack Animation 01
  • Flour Sack Animation 02
  • Flour Sack Animation 03
  • Animating a Walk 01
  • Animating a Walk 02
  • Animating a Walk 03
  • Animating a Simple Character Take
  • Animating a Complex Character Take
Term 2: 12 weeks

Foundations 2: Core 2D Animation Principles

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.

  • Identify what makes or breaks a scene
  • Leverage anatomy principles in your work
  • Create your own compelling pantomime animation
  • Bring creatures to life with believable movement
  1. Introduction to Drawing the Human Figure
  2. Drawing the Quadruped Figure
  3. Quadruped Walk: Rough Animation  01
  4. Quadruped Walk: Rough Animation 02
  5. Biped Run in Perspective 01
  6. Biped Run in Perspective 02
  7. Acting for Animators
  8. Creating a Pantomime Situation 01
  9. Creating a Pantomime Situation 02
  10. Study and Analysis of Animation Greats
  11. Short Character Monolog 01
  12. Short Character Monolog 02
Term 3: 12 weeks

Foundations 3: Professional 2D Animation

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.

  • Create successful model sheets
  • Develop a 2-person dialogue scene
  • Add compelling FX and details
  • Finalize projects for your portfolio
  1. Getting To Know Your Character: Movement & Body Language
  2. Study and Analysis of Great Animated Acting Scenes
  3. Two-Character Dialogue Scene 01: Preliminary Planning
  4. Two-Character Dialogue Scene 01: Thumbnail Planning
  5. Two-Character Dialogue Scene 03:
    Rough Key Poses
  6. Drawing the Human Figure with Character
  7. Two-Character Dialogue Scene 04: Rough Breakdown and Inbetween Poses
  8. Drawing Quadrupeds
  9. Cleanup Animation
  10. Tradigital FX 01: Creating a Hand-Drawn Visual Effect
  11. Tradigital FX 02: Harmony Node
    Visual Effects & Camera Movement
  12. Animation Reel Review
Course structure

Your pathway to the film and games industry

The 9-month Foundations Course is the first half of our Career Track, helping you pave your pathway into the creative industries. Gain foundational skills and knowledge that will prepare you for advanced industry training.

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Want to Take Your Education Higher?

Did you know that the subjects you complete in the career track courses can be used to apply for credit toward our accredited degrees and diplomas in the same discipline? 

The skills and knowledge you build in any industry-certificate course can be transferred into academic credits through our Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer process. So, if you decide to take your studies to the next level, know that your prior learning will be recognized.

Compare your options and find out which course is right for you.

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Mentors

Training and support from film and game industry experts

Learn 2D animation guided by professional artists and academics. These experts have the skills, knowledge, and industry insights to support you throughout your studies.

Student Showcase

Student work that stands out

With a focus on industry software and practices, our courses teach students relevant skills to help them hit the ground running in the fast-paced film and games industry. See their work!

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Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job outcomes and a focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

Frequently asked questions

Have questions? We've got answers.

Age Minimum
T
he general minimum age to be able to enroll in our industry certificate courses is 16. We require parent or guardian consent during the enrollment process for applicants under 18.

Students under 16 will require a further assessment before they can officially enrol. This may include an interview with a course advisor and the creation of a study plan to ensure they have considered how they will manage a college-level workload.

English Proficiency
We expect our students to have a good understanding of written and spoken English. There’s no specific ’level'; however, you must be able to understand video tutorials in English (no subtitles) and speak with your mentor in English during your live Q&A session.

Computer Literacy
To be successful in this program, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).

Software:

Toon Boom Harmony Premium will be required to take this course.  Instructions for how to obtain a license with a student discount will be provided upon enrollment.

Hardware:

You will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Toon Boom, and a graphics tablet (see 2D animation software and equipment).

This course gives you an excellent understanding of 2D animation fundamentals. Depending on your level of commitment, skills, and portfolio pieces, you may be ready to start applying for entry-level artist positions.

To further hone your skills and increase your hiring potential, the 2D Animator Specialization is recommended. It covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and building your portfolio to prepare you for junior 2D animation jobs such as:

Students also gain access to additional career services to support them in their job hunt. The CG Spectrum community is another great resource—you can network and find out about game development job vacancies through graduates and mentors already working in the industry. 

Discover more about these 2D animator jobs, tips, salary expectations, and other animation and digital art careers here: