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 animated characters you grew up watching, and create 2D 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, learn hand drawn style animation, and explore the many features of Toon Boom Harmony, picking up both modern and traditional animation techniques.
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, you'll already be a third of the way through the 9-month course!
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.
*This animation for beginners course is the same as term one of the full 2D Animation Course, so you'll be a third of the way through if you choose to continue!
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 with the basics of animation, 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 different types of animation, more complex computer animation techniques, and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get your animation projects ready to show employers.
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 (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