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2D Character Animation Diploma

The 2D Computer Character Animation Online Diploma Program welcomes aspiring Animators and prepares them for entry level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Technical ability25%
Artistic ability75%

Diploma Programs
Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

2D Computer Animation
Online Diploma Program Description

The objectives for this Online Program are to welcome aspiring Animators and prepare them for entry level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools for them to become successful professionals in the Animation industry.

Through a series of assignments, students will learn to bring life to two dimensional digital characters to achieve sincere believable performances. This is an online 2D Computer Animation 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.

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


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

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.

Program Duration

Number of
per week
Number of

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.

Study Visas and Work Permits
Citizen and Immigration Canada

Program Outline

2D Computer Animation Diploma

Term 1
Drawing Preparation &
Animation Principles

This course 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 &

This 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 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 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.

100% Online
Live Classes

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


  • 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.

Bonus Live
Mentorship Classes

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference.

Development & Special Needs100%
Office Hours100%

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awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System


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

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Recommended Books

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

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awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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.

What is Accreditation?

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.

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

Alumni Showcase

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Student Showcase

2D Computer Animation Diploma

Meet your 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!”

Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

Your Tuition is Protected

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). 

Career Pathway

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Animation Diploma

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Animation Diploma


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Short Film Diploma


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VANAS Concept
Art Diploma


VANAS Advanced 3D
Modeling Diploma


1 year

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Development for Artists


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