2D Animation

​Have you ever wanted to make cartoons?
We can do that – and you can too. From traditional pencil and paper fundamentals to the sophisticated all-digital workflow, we teach students how to bring their artwork, characters, and stories to life. 2D animation is one part acting, one part storytelling, and one part visual art. It can be done with traditional cell animation or with cutting-edge animation software. With our 2D Animation program, you’ll have the skills and experience to succeed in many careers.

2D Animation is used in a number of entertainment and informative venues such as Advertising, Mobile Device Games and Apps, Web Interface and Video, Education and Instructional Media. It can be done with traditional animation or with cutting edge animation software. Students learn to convert their artistic abilities from basic to advanced level hand-drawn and digital animation skills using the latest industry-standard software. Graduates prepare for a career in the animation industry as a storyboard artist, character designer or 2D animator. With our 2D Animation program, you’ll have the skills and experience to succeed in many careers.

With An ACC 2D Animation Education…

You Can Become a:

  • Traditional 2D Animator
  • Character Designer
  • 2D Computer Animator
  • Storyboard Artist

You Will Learn:

  • Character Design
  • Layout
  • Background Art
  • The 12 Principles of Animation
  • Complete Production Workflows
  • 2D Compositing and Special Effects
  • Intro to Stop Motion Animation

You Will Be Trained In:

  • Toon Boom Harmony
  • Adobe Animate
  • TV Paint
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

Degrees Offered

Two degrees are offered for the Game Design specialization: Associate of Applied Science and a Certificate. For further information and descriptions about the courses please visit the College Catalog: Course Descriptions.

Get Prepared For a Career in 2D Animation

When you think of 2D Animation, you probably think about afternoon cartoons or one of the Disney classics… but, there’s so much more! 2D Animation is used in a number of entertainment and informative venues such as Advertising, Mobile Device Games and Apps, Web Interface and Video, Education and Instructional Media… just to throw a few out there for you.

Within the boundaries of the 2D Animation world, there are many specializations. Concept Art, Background and Character Design, Lead Animation, Assistant Animation, Post Production and Compositing, and Colorization Specialist.

A career in 2D Animation offers a variety of opportunities to explore new ideas and new places. The market is wide and vast. You could end up anywhere including Hollywood, Portland, Canada, France, India, Japan… the list keeps going. Or, you could stay right here in Austin. Many animators choose to work on contract projects that allow them to work from home.

Average starting salaries range from $35,000.00 – $75,000.00 per year depending on the specific market and experience.

“Coming to ACC for 2D Animation was the best decision of my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today as a person and animator if it wasn’t for my professors’ genuine friendship and guidance.”

Michelle Acosta
Alumni & Professional Animator at Joe Rothenberg Animation

Advising

CDT advisors are here to assist you. General ACC advisors are not always aware of changes to our degree plans, since we regularly update requirements in order to teach you the most current skills possible. Call or email one of our department advisors to schedule an appointment.

Featured Portfolios

Chen Suning
2019

Jake Walker
2019

Kevin Le
2019

Craig Tumolac
2019

Claire Anzalone
2019