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2D Animation

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

– Cinderella


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Course Introduction


4 (AS/FA) Students will learn how to identify, describe, analyze, interpret and make judgments about the visual elements and principles of art and design as used in animation. Animation 12 will include both 2D and 3D animation. The main focus of the course is to provide students with the skills to create their own animated short.

Study Topics

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Careers in Animation

  • History of Animation

  • Character Design and Layout

  • Principles of Animation

  • Process of Animation

  • Demo reel production

Course Evaluation

  • Assignments 40 %

  • Final Project 50 %


All Media created on school property, and all footage used for school projects must be appropriate for school showing/use.

Inappropriate material includes:

  • promoting drugs or alcohol

  • containing course language

  • violent scenes

  • racial slurs or attacks

  • sexually suggestive scenes

  • revealing illegal activities

Inappropriate media* will result in:

  • immediate zero on project

  • prohibition from equipment use

  • possible administrative action

  • Signed consent must be obtained before filming/recording any individual.

* Students must obey copyright laws.
**Content decisions are at the discretion of the Media teacher


Please complete the Getting To Know You Assignment at the beginning of this course.

Gradebook (NEW)

We will be using Teams for handing in and collating your grade this year.

Introductory Assignments

1. Careers in Animation:

​In this short Careers Assignment, you will create a PowerPoint of a specific career in animation. Follow the Careers in Animation Assignment Outline for details. You are not presenting this PowerPoint, you will just submit the finished PowerPoint for grading purposes.

2. Classical Animation Review:

In this assignment, you will present an audience worthy animation to the class, either feature length or animated short. We will only view 5 minutes of it! After we have reviewed it, you will have lead a class discussion based on the following:
- Why you chose this particular animation
- Why this film is animated (and not a video/live action)
- What makes this animation audience worthy
- What do the critics say about this animation
- What is the best moment of this animation and why 

3. Course Focus:

Time to choose your area of focus for the remainder of the course. Refer to the Classical vs 3D Comparison document before you make your choice. Remember, once you've chosen your focus you will have to stay with it for the remainder of the course! 

4. Animated Feature Film Review:

As a group, watch an animated feature film with meritted content. Review the film as a group and provide evidence of the review. See the Animated Feature Film Party Outline for further instructions.

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