Learn 2D animation essentials

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

Don't miss this chance to learn from Disney and DreamWorks artists who worked on classics like Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, 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!

Why study 2D animation at CG Spectrum:
  • Learn to animate even without prior knowledge
  • Discover how to use Toon Boom Harmony
  • Be mentored by a world-class industry 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 and the many tools and features of Toon Boom Harmony (used to create Rick & Morty, The Simpsons and Klaus).

This short course is the perfect way to get started in the world of 2D, and it forms term one of the 2D Animation Diploma, so if you decide to continue, you'll be one-third of the way through the diploma course!


Industry Qualification


Study duration

3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer and drawing skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Toon Boom Harmony

Start date

May 4, 2021

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 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 exciting world of 2D animation

Term 1: 12 weeks
2D Animation Foundations

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. 

Learn how to:
  • Make your own 2D animations from scratch
  • Use Toon Boom Harmony software
  • Apply the 12 Principles of Animation
  • Set up efficient workflows

This short course is also the first term of the 2D Animation Diploma, so you'll be one-third of the way through the diploma course and can choose to continue your journey!

  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
  8. Walk Cycle Contact Poses
  9. Walk Cycle Inbetweens
  10. Walk Cycle Follow-through
  11. Character Take Key Poses
  12. Character Take Inbetweens

Get direct access to professional artists

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 2D animation classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working in feature films and TV.

Study Options

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
Study Options

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)

$1,485 USD

(3 x payments)

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.

Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 18 months
2D Animation Course Pathway

We've built our animation courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for.

The three courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner. Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals. 


The Introduction to 2D Animation Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in this field.

This course serves as the first term of the 2D Animation Diploma, so you’ll already be one-third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner

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The 2D Animation Diploma develops your skill level further with a focus on producing the quality of animation expected in film and television production.


  • Completion of Introduction to 2D Animation Certificate
    (Note: The Introduction to 2D Animation Certificate is embedded in the 2D Animation Diploma and serves as Term 01. If you have already completed the introductory course, you are one-third of the way through this diploma.)
  • Digital art tablet and a computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate

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The Advanced 2D Animation Diploma takes your skills to a feature film level and focuses on building your professional portfolio.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Advanced Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Software: A student educational license of Toon Boom Harmony is provided to all students for free

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