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.
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.
June 1st, 2020
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
Beginner to Intermediate
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.
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!
08. Walk Cycle Contact Poses
09. Walk Cycle Inbetweens
10. Walk Cycle Follow-through
11. Character Take Key Poses
12. Character Take Inbetweens
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!
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!
CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry-ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.Vanessa Rossi Animator - MPC
It’s your career success that matters. I applied to some companies with my updated reel and get the chance to be hired by a small studio named Dwarf-Labs where I did some animations for a CG commercial. Then I was hired by Ubisoft where I worked for the last release of one of their big franchise, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate!Sebastien Muller Animator - Ubisoft
I got my dream job! After a lot of searching, I found CG Spectrum. The curriculum is wonderful, the mentors are fantastic and the school is very accommodating. The thing that impressed me the most was they actually go through the assignment files. This contributes tremendously towards understanding your mistakes.Aniket Natekar Lead Animator - Bron Studios
I cannot recommend CG Spectrum enough! The mentors at CG Spectrum are fantastic. What separates CG Spectrum from other online animation 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.David Nelson Animator - Picture Shop
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.
Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.
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.
Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.
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.
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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.
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