Learn the Basics of 2D Animation

Bring your stories to life in the 2D animation for beginners course!

If you've tried to learn 2D animation yourself through online tutorials or books, you'll know how challenging it can be to create realistic movement and captivating expressions.

But with the help of your mentor, you'll discover the industry secrets used by Disney and DreamWorks to create the whimsical creatures and characters you grew up watching!

Our beginners animation course covers all of the essentials needed to get started in the world of 2D. Enjoy a personalized curriculum and small class sizes, or choose 1-on-1 mentorship for an even more customized educational experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry veterans who have worked on 2D classics like Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Road to El Dorado.

Introduction to 2D Animation Course Overview

In just 3 months, this online 2D animation course will equip you with a solid foundation that will serve you throughout your career. You'll dive right into the 12 Principals of Animation and the many tools and features of Toon Boom Harmony - the software used to create Rick & Morty, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and Netflix's Klaus. You'll learn the latest techniques used by top animation studios.

Finish the course with your very own portfolio piece, and the option to continue your journey with the Advanced 2D Animation Diploma.

For more information about career prospects and salaries, read the 2D Animation Industry Overview.

Start Date

October 5th, 2020


12 Weeks

Delivery Method

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


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


Course Curriculum


Fundamentals of 2D Animation


Starting with the 12 Principles of Animation, you'll learn 2D animation fundamentals and begin putting them into practice! Discover how to add personality and emotion to your work, while creating the illusion of three-dimensional space. You'll get the lay of the land in Toon Boom Harmony, where your mentor will identify key tools and features, so you know which tool to use when. Get familiar with drawing tools, posing, timing, spacing, the timeline and X-sheet. Put theory into practice with your first 2D pieces: the bouncing ball and flour sack jump.

Learn how to:

  • Make your own 2D animations
  • Use Toon Boom Harmony software
  • Apply the 12 Principles of Animation 
  • Set up and organize your 2D workflows

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


Character Walk Cycle & Take


Move on to more complex exercises such as a character walk cycle, and a character reaction known as a “take”. Learn the four primary positions needed to establish the personality of your character’s walk, and discover how to create a sense of believable weight. Practice using Harmony nodes and effects, then move onto proper colouring techniques and shadows. Practice keeping files organized and efficient (an important habit if you want to become a pro 2D Animator). Polish and render your work, and add it to your portfolio!

Learn how to:

  • Efficiently set up your scenes
  • Create an animated character walk
  • Implement more advanced techniques
  • Export and render your animation

Weekly Breakdown

08. Walk Cycle Contact Poses
09. Walk Cycle Inbetweens
10. Walk Cycle Follow-through
11. Character Take Key Poses
12. Character Take Inbetweens



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

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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.


$1180 USD

3 x payments



$3225 USD

1 x payments

(Save 10%)

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.


$1485 USD

3 x payments



$4050 USD

1 x payments

(Save 10%)

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