School of Visual Design, Marketing & Branding

Join us at our next interactive Open Day, 08 June '19

We are hosting our main open day for the Second intake of 2019. Join us at AIE's Interactive Experience Labs and get the opportunity to get creative in practical workshops hosted by each school and enjoy a live experience in one of our labs.

Read More

Home > Advanced 2d Animation, Illustration And Storyboard Design With Toon Boom

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


As humans, 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual, the core reason why there has been an inevitable shift towards animated visual content on social media. Just last year, 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. Animators are the creators of this content.  Work in the field of 2D animation requires both creativity and technological skills. These animations may be used in advertisements, films, television shows, computer games, or websites. 
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 ProToon Boom’s Harmony and Toon Boom’s Producer. 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 
  • 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. 
  • Industry exposure through our industry contacts and online recruitment portal. 
  • Showcase of student work at our annual internal Job Fair for exposure to potential employers as well as the popular Rage Expo or Comicon. 

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.
  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 10 months  (5 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 x evening classes, 18:00 to 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thur) 
    • Online = 10 Months (Online live classes, twice/week, 17:00 - 18:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs) 
    • 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: 


    • HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board. 
    • Adobe Student licence valid for one year 
    • Autodesk 3D Max license valid for one year 
    • Free WIFI (10GB/Month, On Campus only). 
    • 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 myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.

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 July 2019
    15 July 2019
    Full Time
  • 12 July 2019
    15 July 2019
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 July 2019
    15 July 2019
    Part Time
  • 12 July 2019
    15 July 2019
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 10 July 2019
    15 July 2019

Delivery Method:
  • Math Result: