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Foundations in Modern 2D Animation

Foundations in Modern 2D Animation

An 9-week course where students will digitally create modern short animations that are fun and engaging to watch
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Jump Start into Animation!

Jump Start into Animation!
Put down your pegbars and pencils, because this class is about learning animation the modern way. Students will dive head first into a series of projects specially designed to get you animating fast. Starting with the foundation, we will get an introduction to Adobe Animate CC and learn about the principles of motion. Students will practice being an animation clean up artist, design their own animation friendly characters, and build a walk cycle.

This class will introduce students to basic 2D rigs (IE: Symbols), and we’ll learn to combine these new tools with traditional animation techniques. We will go over the process for finishing animation, including inking, coloring and even lighting. In the final project, students will animate their own short loop. After completing this course, students can take the 2D Animation Essentials course.

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As of Fall Term 2023, CGMA students can access educational licenses for Harmony Premium at a discounted rate of $19.33/month! This rate may only be unlocked inside the virtual classroom, and licenses will remain active for the course duration. Should you have questions regarding this, please reach out to registration@cgmasteracademy.com.

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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 06, 2024

Course Format


Skills Level

Beginner to Intermediate


8 weeks


Once a week


Individually Recorded

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Course pre-req: Analytical Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Character Design
Toon Boom Harmony and a Drawing Tablet | Recommended reading: The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams

The more you know, the better.

-Learn the basics of Harmony 
-Squash and Stretch 
-Ease in and Ease out 

-Basic character design for animation
-Line of action
-Volume and shape

-Volume & Construction
-Easing (as applied to characters)
-Keys Breakdowns and In-betweens
-Intro to Acting

-Anticipation -Weight and balance -Adapting to drawing style -Staying on model

-Learn the basics of walk cycles
-Additional emphasis on keyframing
-Secondary motion
-Foot placement
-Backgrounds for animation

-Basic mouth shapes
-Fundamentals of convincing lip sync
-Basic Rigging

-Strong posing

-Techniques for effective and efficient clean up
-Additional Harmony skills
-Week 2 review

Unleashing your creativity

2D Animator
LECTURES BY Thomas Beuerlein
Course Start: Jul 06, 2024
Tom Beuerlein is a professional 2D animator and storyboard artist. Most recently he has worked on Star Trek, Koala Man, and is currently working on Smiling Friends. From 2010 to 2018 he co-ran Flaming Medusa Studios in Cincinnati, making web-content and educational videos before moving to Atlanta to work in television animation. Since then he has worked for companies such as Bento Box Entertainment and Awesome Inc. He has animated for shows such as Saturday Morning All Star Hits, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory, Aquateen Hunger Force, and has storyboarded for movies like Pastacolypse and Big Bruh. He is always happy to share his knowledge and help budding animators improve their skills.

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Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education, these finance options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

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Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 06, 2024
Foundations in Modern 2D Animation


Absolutely amazing teacher!! I couldn’t have asked for a better class!


I had no previous knowledge in animation and now after the course I’m able to create a short animation by myself!


As an amateur animator it’s hard to pick tools you want to stick with, so seeing a professional workflow and how they use software and tools was very eye-opening.


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