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Introduction to 2D Character Animation

The Introductory course welcomes aspiring Animators to experience the exciting world of 2D Computer Animation. Students will have gone through the basics of bringing life to a cast of characters; all in their own personal style.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Technical ability25%
Artistic ability75%

Program Description

This online program is designed to enable aspiring animators to learn the process of creating 2D computer animation. Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply the principles of animation, locomotion, pantomime and character dialogue to their own animation. Students will learn the process of transitioning from thumbnail drawings to keyframe blocking, breakdowns and finally polished animation. Students will create their own characters and assets for their final project.

Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).

What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

Who should attend this program?

Aspiring Animators, people that demonstrate problem-solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination.  Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts through computer animation software.

Who is our target student?

Aspiring Animators who are deeply passionate about motion, emotion, performance in Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects, who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.

Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course Assignment workload
Week 1
ANIM-100 The Bouncing Ball - What is Animation?,  Drawing Assignments
15-20 hours
       
Week 2 ANIM-200 Anticipation, Action, Reaction, Drawing Assignments 15-20 hours
       
Week 3
ANIM-300 Walk Cycles, Drawing Assignments 15-20 hours
       
Week 4
ANIM-400 Run Cycles, Drawing Assignments 15-20 hours
       

Required Materials

Internet

  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection

Recommended Books
  • Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston
  • Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams
  • Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair

Software
  • Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software
  • Academic discounts are available to our students

Next Start Date:

Starts on Jan 8, 2018 - Application Deadline: 11.30.2017 12:00 6 Days

System Requirements

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Windows
Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

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Your tuition is protected

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The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

“Vancouver Animation School has given me a real look into the professional work of a concept artist. The classes are with people that currently work in the industry and their advice have been priceless. It also helped me to get the connections with people in the industry and taught me how to start networking to nurture relationships (another priceless thing).”

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27-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC, V5J 3J1, Vancouver, Canada

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