DGM: The 2D Animation Track

DGM: The 2D Animation Track

Character Development artwork by Alyssa Peterson, Matthew Gasser, and Aiden Powell.

Right now, the Animation and Game Development degree is growing into three separate tracks. The individual areas of emphasis will be Game Development, 3D Technical Direction, and 2D Animation. In this post, the 2D Animation track is featured. Over the next couple of months, the Game Development track and 3D will be outlined here. 


2D Animation at a Glance

The keys to this discipline are aesthetics and animation. We will be drawing a lot and animating a lot. Most of the classes in this track will be taught face-to-face, but a few may be streamed online.


The focus in this emphasis will be on contemporary 2D animation, using 3D props and backgrounds. 


Objectives for the course work includes:

  • Designing characters & sets.
  • Animating using Paperless Traditional Methods.
  • Animating using Cut-Out Methods.
  • Learning and using Nodes-Based architecture for all operations (Design, Composite, Rig, & Render).
  • Compositing – Using Layers, Masks, Filters, Particle Systems, Lighting, and Rendering.
  • Rigging in Harmony, using deformers, and libraries, at an introductory and an advanced level.
  • 3D modeling and animation are still being taught in this track, 3D props and backgrounds are used in contemporary studios, and we will be using a pipeline that can include these elements.
  • Compositing & Rigging are technical components to this track.
  • The first two years will focus on foundations, the second two on title production. The Capstone will be a short animated film.


The work being produced and distributed by both networks and streaming services today is done using cut-out methods. Called the Canadian system, it is the most efficient used in industry today.