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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 exclusivly to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

R9 000.00Learn More

15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

R14 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R18 000.00 Learn More

Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • 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. 


    *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. 


    Online & Part Time  

    • Part Time = 10 months (2 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hour on Campus session - Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month @ 08:00) 
    • Online = 10 Months (2 Hours Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) 
    • All learning hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
  • 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).
    • Toon Boom student licence for one year
    • Adobe Student licence valid for one year
    • Autodesk Sketchbook (free software from Autodesk)
    • Art equipment including, 24 Piece Pencil Set, Sketchpad, notepad. 
    • Electronic study guides. 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter and Getting Started Guide. 
    • 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

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.

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 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
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Full Time
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Full Time
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020

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