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:
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'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.
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 Diploma, so you’ll be one-third of the way through the diploma if you choose to continue!
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 Diploma. If you complete the 3-month introductory course, you'll be one-third of the way through this diploma.
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.
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
Alfredo is a 2D animator and storyboard artist who has worked on feature films like Klaus (Alfredo was the lead animator on Jesper), Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells, and several TV shows.Read full bio
Sykosan is a 2D animation filmmaker with expertise covering all stages of the animation process and a unique style of modern western and Japanese influences.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
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
Scott has been an animator and storyboard artist working on both feature and TV animation. Currently, he is working as a Supervising Director at Exceptional Minds Studios.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
Jim has worked in various animation roles on commercials, film, TV, and games, as well as teaching 2D Animation. He teaches animation online while working at CG Spectrum.Read full bio
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