2D Animation Training: What You'll Get From a Quality Diploma Program

If you'd love to turn your passion for 2D animation into a real career, you've got a few different training options to choose from, to help you break into the industry.

In an innovative, technology-driven field like animation, the quality of the training you get will definitely impact your skill level, confidence, and job options—so it's crucial to get this step right.

There are university degrees in animation, a slew of free online courses, various certificates—and at the college level, diploma programs in 2D animation. Which option makes the most sense for you?

Well, if you already have a decent grounding in 2D animation principles and software, you could probably add to those skills with a more advanced free course or continuing education certificate.

But if you want training from A to Z, with the full attention of an instructor, classmates to bond with, and support finding your first job, you'll probably want an on-campus 2D animation program.

Need a more affordable alternative to a bachelor's degree in 2D animation? You'll want to take a look at diploma programs.

Here's what to expect from a college-level 2D animation diploma, including the skills you'll graduate with and the jobs you'll qualify for after training.


How Long is a 2D Animation Diploma & What's Covered in Training?

You can expect to invest around 12 to 14 months in a 2D animation diploma. That's a little over one year of full-time training.

Definitely look for a program that offers real work experience with an internship. You'll need that experience to add to your resume, and it could even land you a job offer.

In terms of coursework, you'll be covering everything from the history of 2D animation (it dates back to the 1800s) to the 2D animation software you must master to work in this industry.

A quality program will walk you through every single aspect of bringing objects and characters to life, including:

  • using industry-standard 2D animation programs, like Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Flash, and After Effects
  • drawing
  • posing
  • character rigging
  • character animation
  • bringing emotion to characters in a variety of animation styles
  • character and prop interaction
  • lip sync animation
  • posing and animation using storyboards
  • walking/running cycles
  • timing
  • creating compelling, charismatic characters

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The most important part of any 2D animation program is the projects you'll produce, which will tie together all the skills taught in class.

You can expect to complete a wide range of mini-projects and assignments throughout the training process to practice the animation principles and software tools you're learning.

You can also expect to complete at least one major project, which will be similar to a real-world studio assignment you'd get on the job.

The goal of college diploma programs is to prepare students for direct entry into an actual paying job—so you won't be able to graduate without proving you're ready for this challenge.

The big, final project shows you (and everyone else) that you have mastered the fundamentals of 2D animation and are ready to launch your career.

This work becomes your official portfolio, which employers will ask to see when you apply for jobs.


Where Can you Work After 2D Animation Training?

Your top job options after 2D animation training are in movies, television, video game production, and website/graphic design.

Exactly what roles could you fulfill? You could find work as a character rigger, posing artist, in-between animator, 2D background artist, or 2D animator.

2D animation is also huge in the marketing world. More and more websites include 2D animations, as do blog posts, tutorials, videos for social media promotion, and even product and service "explainer" demos.

Want to see some examples of 2D animation used in marketing? Check out this collection of 20 awesome 2D videos created for top brands.


Is a Diploma in 2D Animation Right For You?

This is the most important question. Are you suited to this kind of training and career path? What are the admission requirements for top-rated 2D animation diplomas? How much does it all cost?

Your next step is to speak with Admissions. An Admissions Advisor will guide you through the program, and answer any questions you have.

Chat live with an Advisor right now. Or click below to explore the 2D Animation program for yourself. We're here to help!

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