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2D Advanced Animation Certificate

Program Overview

Program Overview

Elevate Your Animation Craft Online.

Introducing the graduate level 2D Advanced Animation Certificate, a specialized program designed for animators and artists ready to take their animation skills to new heights. Tailored for individuals with a foundational understanding of animation and strong drawing skills, this certificate is your gateway to mastering advanced techniques in 2D animation and propelling your career forward in the animation industry.

Your path to advanced animation mastery. This 2D Advanced Animation Certificate is more than just a program—it's a transformative journey that will elevate your animation skills and set you apart in the competitive world of animation. With the guidance of industry experts and a curriculum focused on advanced techniques, you'll emerge as a proficient animator capable of bringing complex stories and characters to life.

Apply now to take the next step in your animation career, and let us help you unlock the full potential of your creative talent. 



Who Should Apply?

This certificate is aimed at animators and artists who have a solid foundation in animation principles and possess strong drawing skills.

If you're eager to challenge yourself, explore new creative horizons, and achieve professional excellence in 2D animation, this program is designed for you.









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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

* Due to high demand enrollment is limited

All applicants to the 2D advanced animation certificate graduate program must submit the following:

  • Application Form. Each applicant must complete an application form. The application form is available at
  • Application Fee. Each application should be accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official Transcript(s). Each applicant must submit an official transcript, showing degree conferral when appropriate, from all schools attended. Official transcript(s) Undergraduate degrees with a cumulative 3.0 GPA will receive priority consideration.
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé

* The admission process also includes an interview which will be scheduled through the program director. 




Faculty to student ratio

Portfolio Submission and Review

Admission to this advanced certificate requires a portfolio submission, showcasing your current animation skills and drawing abilities. Our review process ensures that the 2D Advanced Animation Certificate is the right fit for your skill level, potentially recommending our Animation Foundations Certificate as a starting point if needed.

Professional Feedback and Instruction

Benefit from weekly feedback sessions led by industry professional instructors, providing you with the critique and guidance necessary to hone your craft. These live interactions are crucial for understanding the nuances of advanced animation and for pushing your creative limits.

Comprehensive Learning Resources

Complementing the live instruction, our program offers extensive video support and assignments tailored to advanced animation techniques. These resources are designed to reinforce your learning, allowing for practical application and continuous improvement of your animation skills.

Our Faculty

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    Melissa Forte

    Associate Professor and Chair, Cinematic Arts

    After six years of industry work with the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Fla., Melissa Forte returned to Ohio University to complete an M.A. in Media Studies and an...

    Meet Melissa Forte
  • Mike Nawrocki headshot

    Mike Nawrocki

    Visiting Professor

    As co-creator of "VeggieTales," co-founder of Big Idea Entertainment and the voice of the beloved Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been part of the pulse of the "VeggieTales" brand,...

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  • Tony Bancroft headshot

    Tony Bancroft

    Program Director

    Meet Tony Bancroft
  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his "Renaissance Man" stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that's garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly,...

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  • Tony Bancroft headshot

    Tony Bancroft

    Program Director

    Meet Tony Bancroft
  • Mike Meredith headshot

    Mike Meredith

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Mike Meredith
  • Lipscomb Featured Faculty

    Diana Coco-Russell

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Eric Stars

    Eric Stars

    Visiting Professor

    With over a decade of experience working as a professional animator and visual effects artist, Eric Stars comes to Lipscomb University from Fivestone Studios. Stars' primary focus is 3D character...

    Meet Eric Stars
  • Jake Morgan headshot

    Jake Morgan

    Marketing Videography Producer

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  • Lori Fischer

    Lori Fischer

    Adjunct Faculty

    Lori Fischer (MFA, NYU Dramatic Writing Department) is an Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting for her feature film Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste was also the Feature Comedy Award...

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