2D ANIMATION

 

2D Animation Specialization

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 create artwork, characters, and stories and bring them to life.

2D animation is one part acting, one part storytelling, and one part visual art. It can be done with traditional cel animation or with cutting-edge animation software. With our 2D Animation program, you’ll have the skills and experience to succeed in many careers. So move it!

What IS 2D Animation Anyway?

Wikipedia defines Animation as “the process of making the illusion of motion and change[Note 1] by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon. Animators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation.

Animation can be recorded with either analogue media, a flip book, motion picture film, video tape, digital media, including formats with animated GIF, Flash animation and digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second.

At ACC, we focus on the study of movement and how it applies to “Cartoon Physics”. Then, conveying those ideas by producing consecutive drawings or poses to create the illusion of movement… and LIFE!!!”

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.

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…

Degree Plans

Note for the Associate Degree

Students must take one class (3 credit hours) in each of the areas indicated below.
Written Communication (English)
Select from the English Rhetoric/Composition area of the Core Curriculum.

Oral Communication Select a course with the SPCH rubric from the Communications area of the Core Curriculum.

Mathematics Select from the Mathematics area of the Core Curriculum.

Humanities/Visual & Performing Arts Select from the Humanities or Visual & Performing Arts areas of the Core Curriculum or from the foreign language courses in the Communications area of the Core Curriculum.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Select from the History, Government or other Social & Behavioral Sciences areas of the Core Curriculum.

2D Animation
Specialization

Associate of Applied Science

In 2D Animation courses students learn how to bring their artwork, characters and stories to life. 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. Due to recent changes in course numbers and titles, please contact the department for advising at 223-4830.

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Degree Plan

+ Prerequisites. See Course Description

^ Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List

* First-time at ACC students with fewer that 12 semester credit hours of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300. All others select a speech course from the Communications section of the ACC General Education course list.

# This is a capstone course in which students will produce a portfolio in preparation for industry interviews. Departmental approval needed.

Semester 1
Mathematics 3
ARTV 1473 Drawing for Animation 4
SPCH or EDUC 1300 ^ Oral Communication or * Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success 3
 ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
Total Hours: 13
Semester 2
ARTV 1403 Basic Animation 4
** ARTV 2401 2D Animation I 4
** ARTV 2473 Character Design for 2D Animation 4
Language, Philosophy, and Culture/Creative Arts 3
Total Hours: 15
Semester 3
** ARTV 1477 Stop Motion Animation 4
** ARTV 2370 Digital Animation Techniques 3
Total Hours: 7
Semester 4
** ARTV 1478 Advanced Animation 4
** ARTV 2376 Digital Animation Techniques II 3
** ARTV 2430 2D Animation II 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total Hours: 14
Semester 5
MOTG 1475 Digital Video 4
** # ARTV 2374 Advanced Animation II 3
** ARTV 2470 Digital Animation Techniques III 4
Total Hours: 11
Total Hours for Degree: 60

# Capstone Course. Special Approval Required
* Select from the appropriate section of the ACC General Education course list. General Education core classes are listed above.
** These courses are only offered once a year in the semester indicated. Please plan prerequisite courses accordingly.
*** First-time at ACC students with fewer than 12 SCH (semester credit hours) of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300.
All others take SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking.

Semester 1
ARTV 1473 Drawing for Animation 4
Total Hours: 4
Semester 2
ARTV 1403 Basic Animation 4
** ARTV 2401 2D Animation I 4
** ARTV 2473 Character Design for 2D Animation 4
Total Hours: 12
Semester 3
** ARTV 1477 Stop Motion Animation 4
** ARTV 2370 Digital Animation Techniques 3
Total Hours: 7
Semester 4
** ARTV 1478 Advanced Animation 4
** ARTV 2376 Digital Animation Techniques II 3
** ARTV 2430 2D Animation II 4
Total Hours: 11
Semester 5
MOTG 1475 Digital Video 4
** # ARTV 2374 Advanced Animation II 3
** ARTV 2470 Digital Animation Techniques III 4
Total Hours: 11
Total Hours for Degree: 45

New Students should get advised today!

 

Come study with us and become part of our diverse community. We can help you reach your career goals with affordable, hands-on training. Classes are held at Northridge and Highland Campuses and include evening and distance learning courses. With small class sizes and one computer per student in digital classes, the Game Design, Game Art, Animation, and Motion Graphics Department offers an outstanding and accessible educational experience. Students wishing to enter any of our programs of study are not required to have art, design or computer experience, although it is helpful. We hope you will bring enthusiasm to our classes as well as a willingness to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to commit to learning. Classes in Game Design, Game Art, Animation, and Motion Graphics Department can benefit students just out of high school, people who’d like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills. You can take the first step in the registration process at ACC’s application page. And check out more information about becoming a VisCom student at our get started page.

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New Students should get advised today!

 

Come study with us and become part of our diverse community. We can help you reach your career goals with affordable, hands-on training. Classes are held at Northridge and Highland Campuses and include evening and distance learning courses. With small class sizes and one computer per student in digital classes, the Game Design, Game Art, Animation, and Motion Graphics Department offers an outstanding and accessible educational experience. Students wishing to enter any of our programs of study are not required to have art, design or computer experience, although it is helpful. We hope you will bring enthusiasm to our classes as well as a willingness to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to commit to learning. Classes in Game Design, Game Art, Animation, and Motion Graphics Department can benefit students just out of high school, people who’d like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills. You can take the first step in the registration process at ACC’s application page. And check out more information about becoming a VisCom student at our get started page.

Set up an Appointment now!

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