2D Character Design (8 weeks)

Escape Studios
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Professional Training
8 weeks
796 GBP
Online courses
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Course description

2D Character Design (8 weeks)

Do you want to make your characters come to life?

2D Character Design is one of the most rewarding parts of our industry and also one of the most competitive. As with everything we do here at Escape, the class will build up to a live industry brief.

Students will attend an online evening class one night a week, and will be set simple projects to do, and more complex ones to complete by the following week. Following the course, there will also be an 8 week period of online mentoring, in which students can polish their skills and receive ongoing feedback and support. See below for the online course requirements.

The course has been designed after consultation with industry, with individual classes being delivered by character designers working in the animation industry, such as the very talented Andrea Torrejón.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English.

Training Course Content

Part one - Introduction to Character Design

  • Week 1: General Introduction to Design: Introductory Exercises. Creativity, ideas and inspiration for stories. Gesture drawing, fast sketches, and research.
  • Week 2: Creating designs which have character: Single images that illustrate personality and character. Design drawings. Situations and character-driven scenarios.
  • Week 3: Industry character design process: A close look at the work of some leading character designers and how they work.
  • Week 4: Art Direction: Introduction to the principles of design and visual development.

Part two - Character Design Technique

  • Week 5: Designing animal characters: How to base designs on real life. Animal anatomy, Staging and character
  • Week 6: Designing human characters: Life drawing, human anatomy, gesture drawing and character poses.
  • Week 7: Character Situations: The interaction of character with story. How do our characters fit into the overall story?
  • Week 8: Model Packs, Turnarounds, Blend Shapes and Rigging Studies for CG

Part three - Online Mentoring

Online mentoring will continue for a further 8 weeks. Students will be set a series of projects for delivery, using a Facebook group as an online virtual classroom. Tutors will provide online mentoring and individual feedback.

Course delivery details

  • Mode of study: Part time (Monday Evening: 7pm - 10pm)
  • Programme duration: 8 weeks, plus 8 weeks of online mentoring

Why choose Escape Studios

In 2020 over 80% of VFX, 100% of Animation and over 80% of their Game Art undergraduate students have had their student projects nominated for awards.

36 Escapees (alumni) worked on No Time to Die, 47 worked on Avengers: Endgame, and 24 worked on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In 2021, they hosted over 70 mock interviews with the likes of MPC, DNEG, Aardman, Blue Zoo and Creative Assembly.


Tuition fees: £796

Continuing Studies

In addition to the soft skills that you will learn and enhance, working in a professional studio environment will give you the edge when applying for jobs in a highly competitive industry.

Related job roles include:

  • Animator and Illustrator
  • Concept Artist
  • Designer

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Escape Studios

Escape Studios offers undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. Whether you are looking to take your first step into the Creative industries, develop your professional skills or give you that much...

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190 High Holborn
WC1V 7BH London

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