Prepare for a fantastic career in animation! Guided by a professional animator, you'll learn software and workflows used by major studios.
From beginner short courses to advanced industry programs - find the right study option for your skill level and career goals.
Learn the latest techniques and be mentored by animators who have worked at world-class studios such as Disney, Ubisoft, ILM, Sony, EA and Weta.
Our specialized 2D animation and 3D animation courses will get you job-ready and give you a personalized education experience.
Studying animation opens up a variety of career opportunities. Explore the career paths that could be yours after graduating at CG Spectrum.
Take the first steps towards a career as a professional animator. These beginner-friendly courses help you develop a solid foundation in animation to prepare you for a career in this field.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
Further your character animation skills by creating more complex scenes for your portfolio. Learn body mechanics and anatomy, Toon Boom shortcuts, and other job skills to speed up your workflow. Note: Term 1 of this course is the same as the Introduction course. So if you've already completed it, you’ll skip to term 2.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
Build on 3D foundations and gain speed and confidence using Maya. Experiment with force and weight, and create a believable fight scene, while picking up critical job skills. Note: Term 1 of this course is the same as the Introduction course. So if you've already completed it, you’ll skip to term 2.
Dive deeper into more advanced animation techniques and build a strong portfolio of original work to show employers. These courses help you specialize further and get industry-ready with invaluable career advice and support.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
Get ready for more advanced aspects of 2D: creating appealing characters, solid drawings, expressive acting and FX animation. Increase your technical skills, gain confidence in Toon Boom, and finish the course by polishing your portfolio and exploring career options with your mentor.
Peek inside the world of animation! Learn the basics step by step and start animating your first smaller pieces using Maya or Toon Boom Harmony.
3 months - 20hrs weekly
Learn 2D animation basics from Disney animators! Focusing on hand-drawn animation style, this online animation course covers the 12 Principles of Animation and classic exercises like the bouncing ball, walk cycle, and character take using industry software Toon Boom Harmony.
We're proud to say that with an 80% employment success rate the majority of our advanced graduates are now working in the highly competitive film and games industry.
Studying animation can lead to many different types of careers, including:
Discover more about animation jobs, salary expectations and tips to meet the minimum job requirements on our careers page.
Get a more hands-on education with mentorship from top film and game experts, an industry-approved curriculum and a thriving creative community cheering you on.
By giving you access to the most talented artists in the industry, we help you to become well connected, trained and prepared for life beyond school.
What you get when studying at CG Spectrum:
Progress faster with expert feedback from mentors and join an inspiring and supportive community of industry experts and peers.
Our mission is to make sure our students are best prepared for a successful career when they graduate.
We strive to provide affordable, high quality and personalized education and believe in the power of learning first-hand from industry experts who already established a fantastic career.
What makes CG Spectrum unique:
As an online school with students and mentors in 90+ countries, we're proud to bring the industry to you - wherever you are in the world!
The career program was invaluable.
I knew changing careers would have included things such as resumes, applications, networking, etc. But the biggest thing I needed to understand was the nuances of the animation industry, etiquette for approaching recruiters, and what type of roles (fixed-term or permanent) there were. These sessions really helped guide me, and explained how to approach my showreel and the subsequent application processes.
CG Spectrum was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my career.
I've learned and grown so much throughout this program and I loved that there are many resources in the CG Spectrum slack community, such as finding new job opportunities, meeting other students and mentors, and checking out different courses. It's also great that there's a career advisor who can guide students in getting their first jobs. I made sure to take advantage of everything that CG Spectrum had to offer and as a result, I was able to land my dream job at my dream company (Dreamworks). Thank you CG Spectrum!
CGS ultimately led me to my first opportunity as an animator at Sony Imageworks.
I was able to create a demo reel and build connections with professionals. I have to give a HUGE shout-out to CG Spectrum’s Career Development Manager, Maxine Schnepf. She was the person who guided me through the entire application process. I honestly believe I would not have gotten this opportunity without her help.
I was hired by Ubisoft!
It’s your career success that matters. I applied to some companies with my updated reel and got hired by a studio named Dwarf-Labs where I did some animations for a CG commercial. Then I was hired by Ubisoft where I worked on one of their biggest franchises, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate!
I learned more in 9 months than other students do in 2 years.
The level of education I have received is unlike any other school I've come across. What separates CG Spectrum from other schools is that the mentors are not only talented professionals in their own right, but they also care about your success as an artist both in school and after you graduate. CG Spectrum is incredible, I cannot recommend it enough.
Absolutely amazing school!
I recommend it for complete newbs like I was who want to become animators. Mark Pullyblank was an amazing, kind, and helpful mentor who made sure I always knew what I was doing. He's probably one of the most dedicated teachers I know, and made sure he went over everything thoroughly with me and was quick to answer my questions. Definitely 10/10.
I’d take the course again if I could!
I can’t praise CG Spectrum enough for the quality of teaching and dedication to their students. Mark was by far the best mentor I’ve ever had. He really took the time to help design the course around what it is that I wanted to get out of it. I’ve studied other animation courses in the past, but none even come close to the depth and speed of development as CG Spectrum.