Online 2D animation courses taught by industry professionals

Ready to see your name in the credits? Learn 2D animation with CG Spectrum and fast-track your career into the industry!

Start your journey towards becoming a 2D animator with personalized training from industry mentors who have worked on your favorite films and TV shows! Learn how to animate from scratch with Toon Boom software, build your portfolio, and be job-ready in 12 months. 

Why study 2D animation online at CG Spectrum:

  • Study at a Toon Boom Authorized Training Centre
  • Learn advanced skills studios are hiring for
  • Get additional career support and guidance
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes


Ready to become a 2D animator? Get your career off to a great start at CG Spectrum online 2D animation school.

CG Spectrum is one of just 16 Toon Boom certified schools, and the only 100% online 2D animation school. This means CG Spectrum students receive the highest quality education and learn the latest techniques used by major studios.

Progress faster with mentorship from professional 2D animators who will share their valuable industry insights as you build valuable job skills and develop a polished portfolio to show employers. Enquire today!


CG Spectrum graduates are now working at animation studios all over the world


Future-proof your career with CG Spectrum online 2D animation school

Get a more personalized education with an expert 2D animator as your mentor! Graduate with the skills to pursue your dream career. See how it works in the video below.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on blockbuster films

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills studios are hiring for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner

Specialized 2D animation courses for any skill level

Get more out of your education! Get access to an industry-approved curriculum, live weekly sessions with your mentor, personalized feedback on your work, plus support, industry insights, and networking through our amazing online community. 


CG Spectrum's online 2D animation courses are a complete study pathway to help you become an animator for film and TV! In less than a year, you'll learn techniques used by top animation studios and get industry-ready with mentorship from world-class artists.


Course summary:

Learn the basics using Toon Boom Harmony in this short 2D animation course for beginners. Focusing on hand-drawn or 'cut-out' style, this introductory course covers the 12 Principals of Animation and classic exercises like the bouncing ball, walk cycle, and character take. Before you know it, you'll know how to make 2D animations from scratch!

Note: This short course is also the first term of the 2D Animation Course, so you’ll be one-third of the way through this course if you choose to continue!


Course summary:

Build on your character animation skills by creating more exciting and complex scenes for your portfolio. You'll study the greats and discover what makes their work so captivating, learn body mechanics and anatomy, and gain speed creating thumbnails and key poses. This 2D animation training also covers model sheets, timing and poses, 2-person dialogue scenes, and how to add FX to your animation. You'll learn Toon Boom shortcuts along the way, plus other practical job skills to speed up your workflow.

Note: The Introduction to 2D Animation Certificate is embedded in this course. If you complete the 3-month introductory course, you'll be one-third of the way through this course.

Build on your 2D fundamentals in this advanced 2D animation course! Learn Toon Boom Harmony’s peg and node animation system, then move onto complex physical animations, rigging and animating bipeds and quadrupeds. With your mentor's guidance, you'll learn acting for feature/episodic animation; master poses, timing and spacing; apply advanced movement techniques; and understand how to use Harmony's compositing and FX tools.

You will develop a strong understanding of advanced cutout style animation techniques, and have confidence in rigging and animating characters and creatures. Finish the course by polishing your animation demo reel, exploring career options with your mentor, and working with CG Spectrum's in-house Career Development Manager.


Learn from the best in the business

Learn from passionate industry veterans with years of real-world experience.


Student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on illustration portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed.