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Advanced 2D Animation, Illustration and Storyboard Design with Toon Boom


Work in the field of 2D animation requires both creativity and technological skills and are used in advertisements, films, television shows, computer games, or websites. The number of animated posts per person has increased 94% and Facebook averages more than 4 billion video streams every day, linked to increase in online buying after watching animated content.
In this programme, you will be exposed to 2D illustration concepts and animation techniques with the help of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Toon Boom’s Storyboard Pro and Toon Boom’s Harmony. This course aims to improve the students understanding of characters and their environments, the creation of such worlds and the effective communication of them through 2D art and animation. 
In depth emphasis is placed on Toon Boom and its modules as a popular tool used in industry as noted by this quote from Toon Boom. 


“The best animation studios in the world use Toon Boom software. From major animation companies to small studios, our customers use our animation software to produce movies, TV shows, games, explainer videos and advertisements.”

Features and Benefits
  • Learn industry critical software and technology platforms such as Toon Boom, Sketchbook, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and After Effects to the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering.  
  • Learn how to sell your skills with our “Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy” module 
  • Learn to do sketching the modern way with Autodesk Sketchbook and your HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board, all included in the price. 
  • Students will receive no cost student licenses of all software programs used during the programme.  
  • Students will work towards compiling a Portfolio of Evidence and student showreel to allow for early and continuous job application. 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 
  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to Learn3D graduates. Visit for more.  

Admission Requirements

  • Students should be able to use basic computer applications and thus should have basic computer literacy. If this is not the case, proof of training in basic computer literacy will be required in order to be eligible for this course.

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 10 months  (3 days a week from 8:30 to 16:00) 
    • All learning hours are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project-based assignments. 

    Online & Part-Time  

    • Part-Time = 10 months (2 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00) 
    • Online = 10 Months (2 Hours/week 18:00 - 20:00) 
    • All learning hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 
  • Career Options

    • Character design  
    • Life drawing techniques  
    • Digital animation  
    • Digital video  
    • Stop motion animation  
    • Web animation 
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain: 


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only).
    • Stationery kit that includes: 
      • AIE Pen, Ruler & Pencil Case
    • Art equipment including, Clutch Pencil, Cool Grey Spectra Marker, Warm Grey Spectra Marker, Uni Pin Fine Liners, AIE Sketchpad, AIE Notepad. 
    • Electronic study guides. 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter and Getting Started Guide. 
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications. 
    • Access to our myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets, as well as the AIE communication app on Android or IOS.
    • HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board.

What you get

After finishing this course, you will have a complete understanding of the different pieces of software
and the workflow required to use them successfully.

You will also get:

  •  Internationally recognized Toon Boom Certificate
  •  Show-reel stills and animation
  • • Interaction and classes with industry professionals

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Concept Designer. 

Composition, Presentation and Storyboards 

This module will introduce the student to the principles of composition and storyboarding and will cover the following topics: 

  • Cinematic Composition and blocking principles. 
  • Effective Storyboard and pacing principles  


Rigging and Animation  

Students will be exposed to the principles and workflows of creating rigging for animation using ToonBoom  

The module will cover the following topics: 

  • Theory and Principles of animation and motion. 
  • Rigging for animation.  


Dynamics and Simulation 

Students will be taught how to create dynamic simulations in ToonBoom as well as employ particle system for special effects in their scenes 

The module will cover: 

  • Simulation of Physics and Particles using ToonBoom. 





Students will be introduced to the process and techniques of illustrations in both traditional and digital media 

The module will cover: 

  • Sketching and Illustration with traditional media 
  • Sketching and Illustration with Autodesk Sketchbook 
  • Sketching and Illustration with Adobe Photoshop 



Basic Colour, Light and Perspective Theory 

Students will be introduced to the basics and principles of perspective drawing, colour and light theory and digital painting 

The module will cover: 

  • Cinematic Colour and Light theory for Illustration. 
  • Introduction to perspective drawing. 
  • Digital Painting with Autodesk Sketchbook. 
  • Digital Sketching with Adobe Photoshop. 
  • Matte painting with Adobe Photoshop 


Character, Prop and Environment Design 

This module will introduce student to the process of creating believable and endearing characters and designing worlds with depth and consistency.  

The module will cover: 

  • Creating characters and developing their personalities 
  • Expanding their worlds and designing their aesthetics. 


Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy 

This module will introduce the student to the exciting, tumultuous and ever changing world of freelancing in the creative industry and the burgeoning gig economy.  

The module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to freelancing and exploring different freelancing services 
  • Exploring freelancing supporting sites and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • Explore crowdsourcing and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • The importance of a High-Quality Portfolio Website 
  • The Importance of a professional online personal and social profile and building of your PERSONAL BRAND 
  • International Job Hunting/Jobs Hunting, your market is bigger than you think 
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time

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