Learn 2D Animation for Film and TV

Discover how to animate from scratch in CG Spectrum’s online 2D animation course!

The2D industryhas seen a resurgence in the last few years. Streaming services are hungry for content; technology is offering unlimited creativity; and trained artists are in demand. So if you love drawing and telling stories, there’s no better time to pursue your creative passion!

2D Animation Course Overview

In just 10 months, you’ll learn how to animate like a professional using Toon Boom Harmony; the industry standard software used by top studios.

Focusing specifically on the hand-drawn style of character animation, your mentor will guide you through exercises, offering insightful feedback to help you progress faster as an artist.

Get plenty of hands-on experience, learn 2D animation techniques that save time and frustration, and graduate with a portfolio to impress employers with.

CG Spectrum’s 2D animation classes are conducted online, meaning they’re available to you, wherever you are in the world. During your video lessons, you’ll be personally mentored by former Disney and Dreamworks artists with decades of experience working on TV shows, feature films and games.

Our mentors actively work in the industry, so you can be sure you’re receiving the most up-to-date training in this 2D animation course.

Get your career off to a great start. Apply today!

Start Date

July 6th, 2020

Duration

10 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A student educational license of Toon Boom Harmony is provided to all students for free

Course Load

20 hrs/week

Skill Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

Fundamentals of 2D Animation

2D Animation Fundamentals

Learn 2D animation fundamentals starting with drawing based on the 12 Principles of Animation. Using the industry standard software Toon Boom Harmony, your mentor will show you key tools and features. Then start creating your own pieces including a bouncing ball, flour sack jump, character walk cycle, and a character reaction known as a “take”.


Learn how to:

  • Navigate Toon Boom Harmony UI
  • Use the 12 Principles of Animation
  • Build 2D animations from scratch
  • Stay organized and work efficiently

Weekly Breakdown

  1. The Principles of Animation
  2. Bouncing Ball Exercise 01
  3. Bouncing Ball Exercise 02
  4. Drawing Fundamentals
  5. Flour Sack Exercise 01
  6. Flour Sack Exercise 02
  7. Flour Sack Exercise 03
  8. Walk Cycle Contact Poses
  9. Walk Cycle Inbetweens
  10. Walk Cycle Follow-through
  11. Character Take Key Poses
  12. Character Take Inbetweens

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 02

Acting and Creature Animation

Character & Creature Animation

After strengthening your skills in anatomy drawing, challenge your understanding of body mechanics by animating a quadruped walk and a biped run in perspective. You’ll develop your ability to plan and visualize a performance with a lesson on acting for animators. Then you’ll have a go at animating a pantomime and short dialogue character scenes yourself.


Learn how to:

  • Use advanced drawing techniques
  • Set up proper workflows for projects
  • Study and analyze acting scenes
  • Create 3 polished portfolio pieces

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Anatomy for Animators
  2. Anatomy with Volume
  3. Quadruped Walks 01
  4. Quadruped Walks 02
  5. Runs in Perspective 01
  6. Run in Perspective 02
  7. Acting for Animators
  8. Pantomime: Key Drawings
  9. Pantomime: In-betweens
  10. Study of Animation Greats
  11. Character Monologue 01
  12. Character Monologue 02

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

Advanced Acting for Animation

Advanced Acting for Animation

By this stage, you’re excited and 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 dialog scene. Finish the 2D animation course by polishing your portfolio and exploring career pathways with your mentor.


Learn how to:

  • Create successful model sheets
  • Develop a 2-person dialogue scene
  • Add compelling FX and details
  • Finalize projects for your portfolio

Weekly Breakdown

  1.  Body Language
  2. Dialogue Scene: Planning
  3. Study of Acting Scenes
  4. Dialogue Scene 01
  5. Dialogue Scene 02
  6. Figure Drawing
  7. Dialogue Scene 03
  8. Drawing Quadrupeds
  9. Clean-up Animation
  10. Tradigital FX 01
  11. Tradigital FX 02
  12. Animation Reel Review

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

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Scott Claus

Scott worked at Disney and DreamWorks Feature Animation on classics such as: Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Prince of Egypt and Road to El Dorado. He later moved to CG work where he worked on films like Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, The Hulk and The Golden Compass. As a supervisor, he was part of the team that won an Oscar for best special effects for Life of Pi. Scott was instrumental in bringing this 2D animation course to life, and is excited to share his passion with you!

Known For

Meet Your Mentors

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Mike Wiesmeier

It was Mike’s trip to Disneyland at the age of eight that led him to an animation career of 28 years. He’s worked as an animator, supervisor and director on AAA video games, TV shows and feature films for companies like Walt Disney Studios, Filmax Animation, Netflix, and Eidos Interactive. His credits include Pocahontas, Hercules, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, and F is For Family. Mike’s wealth of knowledge helped inform the 2D animation course curriculum, and he is a wonderful mentor!

Known For

Meet Your Mentors

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The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Whether studying full-time or working around a busy schedule, CG Spectrum’s virtual learning model allows you to study when you want, where you want.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built digital art courses and hands-on teaching method ensure the skills you gain are exactly those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

Ready to Start Something Great?

Tuition & Study Options

Small Class Option

If you enjoy learning with others and sharing ideas, small group classes are for you! Fun, engaging and capped at 5 students max, this option is a great way to learn 2D animation from an industry mentor at an affordable price. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and wish to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if you have a rigid schedule consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1075 USD

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$3225 USD

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$7995 USD

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

1-On-1 Private Option

Progress faster with 1-on-1 mentorship! Private tuition offers a higher level of individual attention and more flexibility to schedule classes around work and family commitments. Your mentor can also customize the 2D animation course based on your particular strengths and interests. This option is perfect for those wanting to change careers and get into the industry, or established artists keen to upskill or change specialties.

MONTHLY

$1350 USD

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$4050 USD

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$9995 USD

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

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