Courses – 2D Animation & Digital Art

CA 1  Character Animation 1

DRAW   Drawing for Animation Workshop

IAI   Intro to Animation Industry

LD 1  Life Drawing 1

PD 1   Professional Development 1


CA 2  Character Animation 2

CD 1   Character Design 1

LAP   Layout and Production

LD 2   Life Drawing 2

SBRD   Storyboarding

PD 2   Professional Development 2


DANI   Design for Animation

DCA 1  Digital Character Animation 1

DP  Digital Paint

LD 3  Life Drawing 3

PD 3   Professional Development 3


2DADA PPW   2DADA Portfolio Production Workshop

APS   Animation Production and Sound

DCA 2  Digital Character Animation 2

FPW   Final Project Workshop

LD 4   Life Drawing 4

PD 4   Professional Development 4


2D Animation and Digital Art Portfolio Production Workshop (2DADA PPW)

Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre colleges. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to prepare for industry contact and complete a high-quality academic and professional portfolio.


Animation Production and Sound (APS)

Through demonstration and application, learners will utilize digital video assembly and post-production processes and methodologies to be used in the output for their portfolios and final projects. This will involve the understanding of compression formats, digital video and audio criteria for broadcast, applying basic and advanced special effects, recording, mixing and synchronizing audio tracks, editing and post camera techniques.


Character Animation 1 (CA 1)

Thiscourse is an introduction to the principles of animation and the application of structural drawing to 2D animation. Exercises on animation principles serve to build the animator’s vocabulary of motion and 2D drawing skills.


Character Animation 2 (CA 2)

This course continues to build upon the fundamental principles of animation acquired in Character Animation 1. Further study of human and animal mechanics will allow students to gain a greater understanding of action analysis and apply it to animated motion and characterization.


Character Design 1 (CD 1)

Character Design 1 introduces students to the roles that proportion, anatomy, caricature, style, and appeal play in the creation of animated characters, and the methods used to produce industry-standard character designs. Students design characters and create model packs, including mouth charts and size relationships, along with rotations, expression sheets, and action poses.



Character Design 2 (CD 2)

Through an overview of characters people have loved and hated throughout history, especially during recent times, the student is prepared to compete professionally in the invention of new characters for all media. Command of this material is demonstrated in the creation of three themed portfolio assignments.


Design for Animation (DANI)

Design for animation pertains to many areas of 2D, from the location design, to the props and to the look of the characters. It involves understanding the principles and elements of design and how it applies to the often stylized and caricatured look of 2D animation.


Digital Character Animation 1 (DCA 1)

This course builds on traditional character animation through the introduction of a 2D digital software package. Students will understand the basics of how to draw, rig a character, animate, import sound, composite and export in this digital software.


Digital Character Animation 2 (DCA 2)

This course continues to develop proficiency in a digital 2D software package. Utilizing the software and 2D skills, students will be required to complete several industry level 2D vignette animations or a short 2D film.


Digital Paint (DP)

Digital Paint is an introductory exploration of computer graphics as a technology and a creative medium. Through the use of the industry-standard software, Adobe Photoshop, students learn the fundamentals of working with raster editing software for digital graphics creation and image manipulation.Drawing for Animation Workshop



Talent is a gateway to a successful animation career, but hard work and refined skills are what turn an amateur into an expert. DRAW explores the drawing techniques, skills, and concepts necessary to professional animation. Principles of light and shadow, perspective, composition, and form are studied, with special attention paid to the requirements and restrictions that the final presentation media (video, computer, film or TV) may impose. DRAW is designed to accommodate all skill levels and students are encouraged to develop the long-term commitment necessary to achieve advanced drawing skills.


Final Project Workshop (FPW)

Underthe guidance of their instructor, students work on final projects and begin to develop the production skills and assets used for their final portfolio. Production techniques, problem solving, technical issues, workflow planning, time management, and other topics are explored as needed for specific production issues faced by students.



Introduction to the Animation Industry (IAI)

This course studies a number of perspectives in order to establish a solid understanding of the 2D animation industry in a modern global economy for both the present and the future. This overview covers the history of animation, its changing cultural significance, major past and current players/influencers, types of animation (e.g., 2D, 3D, stop-motion, motion capture, etc.) and related technologies & industries (e.g., film, TV, games, Web, commercial art, technical animation, medical imaging, etc.). Also covered is types of jobs and salaries and current and future job markets.


Layout and Production (LAP)

Thiscourse focuses on the skills involved in the creation of 2D layouts in a production setting for film and television. An overview of key elements such as perspective, design, posing and visual communication will assist the student in creating accurate and professional layouts from a storyboard.


Life Drawing 1 (LD 1)

The human form has inspired generations of artists. Drawing from the human model is essential to understanding form, anatomy, gesture, weight, and expression. These weekly life drawing sessions will enable students to render the human form accurately and improve current 2D and 3D skills.

Life Drawing 2 (LD 2)

In LD 2, students concentrate on fine-tuning skills such as shading, perspective, anatomy, proportions, and other elements essential to artistically representing the human form.


Life Drawing 3 (LD 3)

Studentswill continue to focus on areas such as anatomy, acting, movement and sculpture while improving drawing speed, accuracy, expressiveness and technical ability. They will continue to build on these elements through acting techniques, body and facial expression, quick sustained poses and continuous movement.


Life Drawing Workshop (LDW)

This course is focused on adding essential breadth to a student’s 2D art portfolio by giving them the ability to do traditional mixed media study through, but not limited to, water color painting, marker and ink rendering, pencil and pastel. This will be done through observation and study of the human form, motion and additional organic subjects.


Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.


Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.


Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.


Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.


Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).


Storyboarding (SBRD)

Storyboarding is the creation of a series of sketches of sequential art used to convey the story and character in visual media (movie, television, or game). Its purpose is to communicate the visual story to the crew, so everyone in the production is clear on how to achieve their goals. Storyboarding is vitally important in developing the blueprint for visual effects for movies, 3D game animation cinematics, animated feature films, and television series. This course will cover the basic building blocks of staging a visual story in a way that the audience is conditioned to view it. We will touch upon tried and true examples from television and film that set up the rules for clean staging, allowing the viewer to take in the story without feeling bogged down by its logic.

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