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2D Character Animation Diploma

2D Animation Diploma Program welcomes aspiring Animators and prepares them for entry-level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Game industries. Study 2D Animation online or within Canada.

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Quick facts

Online and Combined Diploma
12 months
4 terms

Student profile

Technical ability25%
Artistic ability75%

How this program works:

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Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulation with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

10 Years of delivering excellence in online education, pioneering online learning since 2009.

Summer Term Starts on:
Monday, July 5th, 2021.


Summer Term Application Deadlines

Round 1: May 3rd, 2021 (20% scholarships available if eligible)
Round 2: June 7th, 2021 (10% Scholarships available if eligible)
Round 3: June 27th, 2021 (No Scholarships available)

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline posted on our school website will be reviewed. However, they are subject to a late processing.


Live Classes on:
Mondays 9 am & Thursdays 5 pm
Pacific Time

There are morning classes and evening classes to include students in the northern and southern hemispheres. The class schedule is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

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2D Computer Animation
Diploma Program Description

Through a series of assignments, VANAS 2D Animation students will learn how to bring life to two dimensional digital characters to achieve sincere believable performances. Choose between online and combined delivery options for this 2D Computer Animation Course. By the end of the 2D Animation diploma program, VANAS students will learn the fundamental principles of 2D Animation, body mechanics, and locomotion in 2D. They will also know how to animate 2 characters interacting with each other.

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We are a fully accredited Studio School designed to give students practical skills in workplace environments

Choose from our 2-Delivery options, design your education around your values and lifestyle

1) Live 100% Face-to-Face Online

Offers the flexibility and freedom for parents and students to shape their education, learning from industry experts and from a trusted Canadian Accredited Education internationally recognized.

Expand your local network

Join your regional chapter while experiencing a live, focused and extraordinary program.  We partner with your institution to deliver high quality education in your home country.

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2) Combined (Online + Onsite)

Time is divided between online and onsite learning. Every week students spend 3 hours with in-person sessions and interacting with their peers and Industry professionals.

Experience Vancouver Canada

Outside the weekly in person sessions, access course content and weekly communication online, while experiencing Hollywood North in Vancouver, one of most livable cities in the world.

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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.

Target Student

Aspiring Animators who are deeply passionate about motion, emotion, performance in Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.

Students who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

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.

Admission Requirements


High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test that includes
a computer knowledge assessment,
Internet knowledge assessment,
English reading and writing skills


If no portfolio is submitted,
student must successfully
pass the corresponding
Introductory course.
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English Proficiency

International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a good oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify this.

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Program Duration

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Study and Work in Canada

International Students have the option to study from their
home countries or within Canada.

Designated Learning Institution

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.


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Program Outline

2D Computer Animation Diploma

Term 1
Drawing Preparation &
Animation Principles

The first term of this 2D Animation program introduces students to the fundamental principles of animation. Various aspects and functionality of the 2D software ‘Adobe Animate CC’ are introduced.  Proper animation workflows and methods are used to learn the 12 principles of animation. Animation exercises begin with basic movements and evolve into complex actions and acting. 

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
Body Mechanics &

The second term of the VANAS 2D Animation course provides an introduction to body mechanics. The focus of the course is on learning the physics, locomotion, and kinematics of a body in motion, to use as the foundation for creating believable animated performances. Students learn the mechanic principles of each body part, in order to move them correctly. Acting for animation is introduced. Animation assignments begin with basic walks and evolve to advanced versions of bi-pedal and quadruped walk cycles.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Introduction to

This 2D Animation course introduces students to Acting for Animation. Beginning with the study of pantomime (nonverbal) acting, students will study Body Language, which incorporates gestures, postures, eye movements and blinking. Final animation assignments will include dialogue, requiring the study of facial performance including the mouth shapes, teeth and tongue positions to portray phonemes. Bringing life to an animated character and obtaining a believable performance is the ultimate goal.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4

This 2D Animation course is a continuation of in-depth techniques of Acting for Animation studies. Students will go through a series of milestones in order to complete an animated sequence, which includes the performance of two 2D computer-animated characters. Such milestones encompass writing the story, storyboarding, creating an animatic, filming live-action reference and editing video and sound. This final term advances the students’ understanding and ability of storytelling, entertainment, acting and animation skills.

Duration: 3 months

Students must obtain a minimum grade of a B- to successfully pass.

Course codes: 2DANIM-100,  2DANIM-200,  2DANIM-300,  2DANIM-400.

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

Onsite + Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 2 live session per week, one hour per session - Full time
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week


  • Class times are listed at the top of this website page
  • Class times are also visible on the application form
  • Flexible times for you to work and study at the same time

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Software Requirements

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

Animate CC


VANAS Students save 60%

Adobe Creative Cloud Software


VANAS Students save 60%

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System


Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset with built-in mic

Students must keep their computer cameras on at all times unless directed otherwise. Students must be on-screen, visible, and present throughout each class. Students who do not or cannot turn their cameras on will be marked absent.

Additional Requirements

Recommended Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or better.

Monitor with a 1920 X 1080 display. 2 monitors are better.

Recommended Books

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

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.


The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.


The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.


A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),


Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

The 2D Computer Animation Diploma program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Degree Pathways


Post-Graduation Work Permit

While VANAS programs do not qualify for the post-graduation work permit, some of our educational partners do.

The post-graduation work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. For more information, visit: cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp

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Watch our Graduation Video

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Student Showcase

2D Computer Animation Diploma

Meet your next industry teachers

Some of the Studios VANAS alumni work at


“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn
character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a
digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!”

Career Pathway

1 year

VANAS 2D Computer
Animation Diploma

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1 year

2nd Year Option

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& Production Experience

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