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ROOKIES ACADEMY - 2D Design Foundations

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ROOKIES ACADEMY - 2D Design Foundations

Learn critical art skills from 5 of the world's most respected training providers in creative media and entertainment industries.

32 Lessons
77 Enrolled
8 Hours


Are you ready to embark on a journey into the captivating world of digital artistry? This course is your stepping stone to becoming an incredible digital artist. This course has designed especially for artists like you and covers essential skills you’ll need to succeed, such as Lines, Form & Shape, Perspective, Value & Lighting, and Colour. Let’s dive into the details and ignite your creative spark!

About the Collaboration

In this extraordinary partnership, The Rookies has joined forces with five of the world’s leading Universities and Colleges, each bringing its unique expertise to guide you through this transformative journey.

  • Escape Studios, Greenwich, England: A pioneer in animation, games, and VFX education, supplying the industry with studio-ready talent since 2002.

  • Think Tank Training Centre, North Vancouver, BC: Empowering the next generation of creators in VFX, game art, asset creation, and animation.

  • The One Academy, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia: Renowned for nurturing creative talents with industry-driven and practical knowledge.

  • The VFX Mentor, Online: Providing personalized mentorship and masterclasses for aspiring and professional VFX artists to excel in their careers.

  • Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. Ranked among the top 3 schools in the world for VFX/Animation and Game Development.

Course Outline

Let’s delve into the journey that awaits you:

  • Lines, Form & Shape: Master the building blocks of digital artistry.
  • Perspective: Learn to create depth and dimension in your artwork.
  • Value & Lighting: Illuminate your creations with dynamic lighting techniques.
  • Colour: Explore the vibrant world of color theory and its application in digital art.

During this course, you’ll engage in hands-on learning with captivating video content and challenging assignments, allowing you to practice and apply your newfound knowledge.

Portfolio Project

You’ll put your skills to the test with a final art portfolio project, reviewed by industry professionals. Showcasing excellence in your assignment will earn you an official badge for your digital art portfolio.

Start your Creative Journey!

Are you ready to unlock your potential and embark on a journey into the world of digital artistry? Enroll in Rookies Academy: 3D Design Foundations and let’s start building those skills of yours.

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Learning Outcomes

Learn from the World's Top Universities

Elevate your 2D art journey by receiving lessons from five of the world's leading universities and colleges. Experience diverse teaching approaches that set the standard for art education and gain a unique insight into their distinctive methodologies.

Experience Diverse Teaching Approaches

Embark on a unique learning journey, benefiting from the varied instructional styles of five leading educational institutions. Gain insights into their teaching methodologies, adding depth to your understanding of 2D art.

Create Your Digital Art Portfolio

Cultivate your artistic abilities throughout the course, culminating in a stunning digital art portfolio. Apply the skills acquired from each university's lessons to craft your unique body of work, ready to impress art schools.

Access Valuable Industry Feedback

Submit your final assignment to our industry panel, composed of seasoned professionals. Receive constructive critiques and insights to enhance your work. Successfully pass, and you'll earn a Certificate of Completion.

Connect with a Global Art Community

Join a thriving art community on Discord, connecting with fellow aspiring artists from around the world. Share your progress, exchange ideas, and foster creative collaborations.

Discover Your Artistic Path

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and exploration. Use your newfound 2D art skills to uncover your artistic calling, whether it's pursuing art school admissions or taking your digital artistry to the next level.

Badge: Rookies Academy - 2D Design Foundations

Micro-Credential Unlocked

This premier learning badge is awarded to those who have completed Rookies Academy - 2D Design Foundations. It proves your experience and knowledge in line, form, shape, perspective, value, lighting and colour. All the key foundational skills digital artists need these days. Earning this badge demonstrates your expertise and commitment to your professional development. Display it proudly on your Rookies profile to showcase your achievements and stand out from peers.

Rookies Academy - 2D Design Foundations


Escape Studios

Escape Studios

Escape Studios is one of the UK's leading animation, games and VFX schools, supplying the industry with studio-ready talent. Our courses are designed and delivered with industry experts within a welcoming, close-knit and successful community. Our world-class industry partners include Industrial Light & Magic, PlayStation London Studio, Framestore, The Mill, DNEG, Milk VFX, Creative Assembly, Cinesite, Blue Zoo and MPC. Through our partnership with Epic Games, we were the UK’s first Unreal Authorized Training Center and are an Unreal Engine Academic Partner.

Media Design School

Media Design School

Media Design School is New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. In 2017, we were ranked amongst the top ten schools in the world to provide VFX/Animation qualifications by the The Rookies.Our teaching style has been created to simulate the real world industry as closely as possible. From their very first day at Media Design School, our students study in a studio-like environment using industry aligned software and technology. They are encouraged to challenge conventions and push boundaries in new and emerging digital technologies through project-based learning and live briefs.
The One Academy of Communication Design

The One Academy of Communication Design

Established in 1991 as a private art college, The One Academy of Communication Design soon proved its worth producing industry-standard graduates. For over three decades, we have been providing education excellence in art, design, creativity & technology to nurture generations of young creative talents. Through our “Masters Train Masters” teaching philosophy where we believe that the best educators nurture the best students, our faculty team consists of industry professionals and we regularly invite leading experts from various industries to share their knowledge and provide insight into their fields. We offer internationally-recognised Bachelor's Degree and Diploma courses in Digital Animation, Illustration, Film Visual Effects, Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Media Design, Interior Architecture and Design, Fine Arts and Fashion Design & Pattern Making. Through our collaboration with DigiPen USA, we now also offer programmes in Game Design and Computer Science.
The VFX Mentor

The VFX Mentor

The VFX Mentor provides top-notch mentorship programs, masterclasses, and personalized 1:1 private lessons for aspiring and professional VFX artists. Our unique approach includes one-on-one mentorship via webcam, email, and screen sharing, tailored to meet the individual needs of each student, whether they are beginners or seasoned professionals. We prioritize personalized education, focusing on understanding workflows and mastering learning paths rather than step-by-step tutorials. Our comprehensive curriculum covers VFX fundamentals to advanced industry-specific software and techniques, ensuring students receive the guidance and support they need to excel in their careers.

Think Tank Training Centre

Think Tank Training Centre

Since 2005, Think Tank has been offering an unmatched learning experience that emphasizes collaboration and feedback with professional supervisors and mentors from across the VFX, Animation, Game Art, and CG world. Consistently ranked as one of the top schools worldwide, Think Tank's Online, Campus, and Hybrid programs offer artists a specialized and hands-on education that primes them for an exciting career in the Film, TV, and Games. Go directly from school to studio with the latest software, professional mentorship, job readiness training, and an industry-ready demo reel. Most artists who want to get into the CG industry rarely know what job position or discipline they want to end up in.

Course Roadmap


Settle in to the course, meet your instructors, join the private server and get setup.

Introduction 4 Min View Lesson
Join Private Server 2 Min View Lesson
Getting Setup 8 Min View Lesson
Uploading Homework 3 Min View Lesson


You'll master the art of lines, from foundational techniques to advanced applications, guided by Yvonne Camille.

Introduction 2 Min View Lesson
Centre & Contour Lines 9 Min View Lesson
Horizontal Lines and Crosshatching 6 Min View Lesson
Implied Lines & All Together 10 Min View Lesson
Resources & Tips 6 Min View Lesson
Mini Assignment 8 Min View Lesson


Discover through a quick introduction, how to draw the 3 main types of perspective: one, two, and three points.

Perspective Basics 6 Min View Lesson
Homework Assignment 5 Min View Lesson

Lighting & Values

Dive into the realm of 'Lighting and Values' with Steven Sole, unraveling the secrets to infusing depth and emotion into your artistic creations.

Lighting & Values 24 Min View Lesson
Resources & Tips 4 Min View Lesson
Homework Assignment 5 Min View Lesson


Embark on a colourful journey as we unravel the intricacies of hue, delve into the nuanced play of value, and explore the psychological dimensions of colour in art.

Introduction 3 Min View Lesson
Hue 8 Min View Lesson
Value 6 Min View Lesson
Saturation 6 Min View Lesson
Schemes & Applications 16 Min View Lesson
Further Application 17 Min View Lesson
Resources & Tips 6 Min View Lesson
Homework Assignment 4 Min View Lesson

Shape & Form

Discover through practical exercises how to draw inspiration from the world around us, enhancing your illustrations with realism and depth.

Foundations 9 Min View Lesson
Shapes in Design 20 Min View Lesson
Mastering Form 7 Min View Lesson
Elevating Design 17 Min View Lesson
Resources & Tips 4 Min View Lesson
Homework Assignment 3 Min View Lesson


Create a captivating artwork that showcases your mastery of 2D art fundamentals, ready to submit for review by our industry professional panel.

Final Project 6 Min View Lesson

Bonus Lessons

What good is a course, if there are no bonus features or lessons that you didn't expect to get.

Recommended 2D Software 6 Min View Lesson
Graphics Tablet Masterclass 9 Min View Lesson

Start your journey

Start your journey with ROOKIES ACADEMY - 2D Design Foundations!

Join our vibrant community and elevate your skills from beginner to professional with our ROOKIES ACADEMY - 2D Design Foundations course. Experience engaging learning modules crafted to help you advance confidently in your creative journey.