Bring stories and characters to life in this online 2D animation program. Led by industry mentors who have worked on major films, games and TV shows at studios like Disney and DreamWorks, learn how to animate from scratch with Toon Boom software, build your portfolio, and get industry-ready.
Benefits of this program:
Get your career off to a great start!
Hussian College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC), and has partnered with industry trainer CG Spectrum to deliver high-quality programs to prepare you for a fulfilling career in the entertainment industry.
Advance your career with mentorship from established industry professionals who will share their insights as you build job skills and a polished portfolio to show employers. Inquire today!
Stand out in a competitive industry. See the kind of work you could be creating and adding to your 2D animation portfolio.
Get more out of your education with a quality curriculum, career services, live weekly sessions with your industry mentor, plus support, regular events, and networking in our amazing online community.
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.
This course focuses on drawing skills, advanced physical human and quadruped animation, and animating pantomime and simple dialogue scenes. You'll study the greats and discover what makes their work so captivating, learn the importance of silhouettes, how to use a variety of timing in your story, and gain speed creating thumbnails and key poses.
By this stage, you’re ready for more advanced aspects of 2D: creating appealing characters, solid drawings, expressive acting, and FX animation. Increase your technical skills while working towards creating a polished dialogue scene. Finish the course by polishing your portfolio and exploring next steps with your mentor.
Building on principles gained in prior courses, you'll add cutout animation to your skillset, learning techniques using Toon Boom Harmony’s peg and node animation system, then moving onto complex physical animations and rigging and animating bipeds and quadrupeds. With your instructor's guidance, you'll analyze strong cutout scenes and apply lessons to your own work.
Push your skills further than you thought possible in this course. You'll jump into a variety of projects, including single and two-character dialogue acting scenes, using the cutout animation technique. You'll be introduced to Harmony’s FX and compositing tools and use them to add these elements to your dialogue scenes.
In this semester, you'll discover how to polish and present your portfolio to impress employers, learn how to network and market yourself effectively, and understand how to tap into the hidden job market.
Learn all you need to know to take your visual work and package it up for post-study employment. You'll explore avenues to host your work on industry websites to gain visibility, as well as ways to host work on your own site in a professional manner.
As a student you also get access to career services to get clear on your career goals, polish your CV/resume and portfolio, write appealing application letters. You'll also get an insight into freelancing: finding work, discussing finances, and applying standards for private client-based work.
Graduate feeling ready and confident to kick-start your career in this exciting industry!
For a complete list of program software and minimum computer system requirements please download the Hussian College Catalog.
All of our mentors are carefully vetted industry professionals who have worked at major studios on feature films and video games. Meet with your mentor each week for a live Q&A call and receive recorded personalized critiques on your assignments. See who you could be learning from!
Mentor of 2D Animation
Sykosan is a London-based 2D animation filmmaker with expertise covering all stages of the animation process including writing and editing, film directing, character design, background and assets design, 2D effects and compositing. His unique style is a modern blend of western and Japanese influences, while his work also shows a strong ability to match a large variety of animation styles. Throughout his career, Sykosan has animated for all kinds of media such as advertising, feature films, video games and music videos for diverse clients such as Katy Perry, the BBC, Netflix, Adobe MTV, Samsung, Sony, Adidas, Gucci, and many more.
Mentor of 2D Animation
Jim has worked in various animation roles on commercials, film, TV, and games for studios such as Disney and Warner Bros, and runs a YouTube channel called Animateducated which features interviews with animators, authors, artists and other creative folks, past and present. Jim's work includes Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Medal of Honor: Frontline, and Tiny Toon Adventures, to name a few.
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