2D Animation Training in Ottawa

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2D animation has been around since the 1800’s and involves creating two-dimensional characters, backgrounds and storyboards. 2D animation has evolved from using hand drawn images to using computer-based software such as Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Flash and After Effects to create and edit images, but it still plays an important role in the world of animation today.

This program provides a well-rounded curriculum and prepares students with the skills and competencies needed to pursue a career in TV, movie production and more. Areas of study include introduction to animation and animation software, arcs, anticipation, drawing, posing, character rigging, character animation and more.

Program length: 12 months (20 hours/week) includes 6 week internship

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Careers in 2D Animation

he 2D Animation program prepares graduates to work in film, television and more.

Examples of possible job titles include: 2D Animator, Posing Artist, Inbetween Animator, Digital Character Rigger, Senior Animator

Herzing Ottawa is excited to announce a partnership with Big Jump Entertainment formed to help animation students in Ottawa realize their dreams! Big Jump will employ Herzing graduates and mentor them along the way to help fill a void in Animation industry.

“This has been years in the making for me, an actual dream come true. The studios are really excited because we will be teaching exactly what they are looking for. This program is going to be super successful! I’m so excited to be working with Herzing to bring this to life.” – A.J. Cote, Industry Consultant

2D Animation Courses in Ottawa


• Introduction to Animation Software
• Squash and Stretch
• Introduction to Animation
• Anticipation
• Arcs
• Follow Through and Overlapping Action
• Ease In and Ease Out
• Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose
• Staging
• Exaggeration
• Solid Drawing
• Timing
• Appeal
• Drawing Hands and Feet
• Secondary Action
• Complex Character Rigging
• Basic Walk/Attitude Walk Cycles
• Basic Run/Attitude Run Cycles
• Simple Character Rigging
• Character Animation
• Character and Prop Interaction
• Lip Synch Animation
• Introduction of Acting for Animation
• Posing 101
• Advanced Animation Syllabus
• Posing/Animation using Storyboards

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