Learn from professional animators who worked on classics like Klaus, Rick & Morty, Pokemon Sun & Moon, Pocahontas, and Road to El Dorado! Discover industry secrets used to create the whimsical characters you grew up watching, and create your own animations from scratch.
Bring your stories to life with CG Spectrum online 2D animation school! In just 3 months, this beginners course will equip you with a solid foundation in 2D animation. You'll dive right into the 12 Principals of Animation and the many features of Toon Boom Harmony.
This short course is the best way to get started in the world of 2D. The curriculum is exactly the same as term 1 of the 2D Animation Course, so if you want to continue after completing your certificate, you'll already be a third of the way through the diploma course!
Starting with the 12 Principles of Animation, you'll learn 2D animation fundamentals and begin putting them into practice with your first 2D pieces: the bouncing ball, flour sack jump and a walk cycle.
You'll discover how to add personality and emotion to your work while 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 short course is the same as the term one of the full 2D Animation Course, so you'll be a third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey!
For this 2D animation course, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).
Studying 2D animation can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry.
This short 2D animation course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the full 2D animation study pathway (2D Animation Course and Advanced 2D Animation Course) will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.
The advanced course covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.
Some of the junior 2D animator jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:
Discover more about these 2D animator jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:
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
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
Alfredo is a 2D animator and storyboard artist who has worked on feature films like Klaus (Alfredo was the lead animator on Jesper), Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells, and several TV shows.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
Looking for financial aid? CG Spectrum has partnered with Hussian College to deliver accredited programs with access to financial aid for those who qualify. If you're in the United States, take a look at our online 2D Animation course through Hussian College, and see if you are eligible for financial assistance through federal and state programs for art college tuition and initiatives such as FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Hussian College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).