2D Animation Essentials

Learn 2D animation for beginners taught by professional animators online.

Learn 2D animation essentials

A fun, hands-on 2D animation short course for beginners

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.

Why study 2D animation at CG Spectrum:
  • CG Spectrum is a Toon Boom Authorized Training Centre
  • Learn to animate even without prior knowledge
  • Be mentored by a world-class animator
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


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 Foundations of 2D Animation Course, so if you want to continue, you'll already be a third of the way through the 9-month course!



Study duration

12 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer and drawing skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Toon Boom Harmony

Start date

Jan 8, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn 2D animation from industry pros who have worked on classic feature films

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led 2D animation training programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on major feature films

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


An industry-approved curriculum to get you started in the world of 2D animation

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 2D Animation

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 prerequisite of our 2D Animation Foundations Course, so you'll be a third of the way through if you choose to continue!

  • How to make your own 2D animations from scratch
  • Use Toon Boom Harmony software
  • Apply the 12 Principles of Animation
  • Create animated scenes using the most efficient workflows
  1. 2D Animation Introduction and Overview
  2. Bouncing Ball Animation Exercise
  3. Adding a Tail to the Bouncing Ball
  4. Drawing Fundamentals
  5. Flour Sack Animation 01
  6. Flour Sack Animation 02
  7. Flour Sack Animation 03
  8. Animating a Walk 01
  9. Animating a Walk 02
  10. Animating a Walk 03
  11. Animating a Simple Character Take
  12. Animating a Complex Character Take
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Get started with the intro course and graduate with the option to continue to term 2 of the foundations course.

Pathway illustration for 2D Animation (Full pathway)

Get direct access to leading animators

All 2D animation classes are led by industry veterans with years of experience working on animated video games, animated movies and cartoons. They'll help you get your animations looking sharp, frame by frame!


Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,750 USD

(3 x payments)

Frequently asked questions

2D Animation Essentials course FAQs

For this beginner 2D animation course, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


Toon Boom Harmony Premium.  Student discounts are provided.


You will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Toon Boom, and a graphics tablet (see 2D animation software and equipment).

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 Foundations Course and the 2D Cut-out Animator Specialization) 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:

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating in our online courses.


Studios that hire our students