The 2D Animation Certificate program program is designed for students who wish to develop skills to specialize in 2D Animation or to enable a career change.
The program provides students with a comprehensive overview of skills needed to work as specialists of 2D animation, including traditional frame to frame animation as well as Flash animation. Starting from a strong foundation in drawing, students will then move on to making storyboards and focusing on the Principles of 2D Animation, Advanced 2D Animation, Web Animation, and Flash.
Graduates of the 2D Animation Certificate program will be able to develop and execute accurate freehand drawings, render textures and tones on human figures, draw expressive images of body language, with weight and balance. They will be able to develop original characters, model sheets and compositions. Graduates will be able to develop a production schedule and exposure sheets, design and render a presentation storyboard, apply camera angles, point of view, and a variety of shots.
The objective of the 2D Animation Certificate program is to prepare 2D animation specialists with focused technical skills, that will allow them to create and animate characters using traditional lightboard and 2D animation software. The 2D Animation Certificate program is unique among all the degrees offered in entertainment, communication, and educational media, which require focused technical and artistic skills needed in industries such film, video, television, games, software development, etc.
The mission of the 2D Animation Certificate Program reinforces that of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, through its emphasis on high level training in skills with real world demand. Students with this Certificate will possess a body of knowledge that will empower them in the competitive job market and also prepare them for future academic endeavors if they choose. The courses are identical to the ones taken by our Bachelor of Science candidates, so academic rigor is maintained throughout.