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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims


Learning outcomes

Knowledge of - You have the knowledge of principles of 2D Art and Animation from the perspective of pixel art for games which is built on top of a foundation of traditional drawing fundamentals.

  • You understand how to see and draw like an artist as well as the fundamental principles of animation.

  • You understand the importance of pixel art for games compared to other types of digital art.

  • You understand the different types of software and techniques that can be used when creating traditional drawings and pixel art as well as digital animation.

Skills - You develop the skills to be able to do fundamental drawing with pencil and paper as well as pixel art using various digital software?s. You can create unique representations of characters/scenes and then bring them to life.

Attitudes - You realize your capacity to develop your fundamental drawing and animation skills as well as time required to produce quality work.

  • You understand how to give and take critical and actionable feedback in a professional manner.​

Course contents

Learning to ?see? the world through an artist?s
eyes by breaking down drawing into 5 component
skills of: seeing and drawing edges, spaces,
relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole

  1. Why 2D?
  2. 2D game art styles
  3. Raster Vs Vector
  4. Pixel Art Vs Realism
  5. Theme and Story
  6. Color Theory and Mood
  7. Moodboards
  8. How art affects game mechanics
  9. Moodboards
  10. Character silhouettes
  11. 2D Art / Animation Tools
  12. Game Maker Studio 2: Image Editor
  13. A character creation process
  14. Character animation
  15. Keyframe and Inbetweens
  16. Basic Character Walk / Run Cycle
  17. 2D environments and worlds
  18. Foreground, Middle Ground, Backgrounds
  19. World and Parallax Animation
  20. Game Titles and Menu Screens

Prerequisites and co-requisites

General graphic design knowledge. Understanding how
to use Photoshop / Illustrator and other graphic
design / layout software useful.

Additional information

The communication & absence reporting for the
course happens on Itslearning. The student is
supposed to follow Itslearning and keep up to date
on possible changes.

Note! The situation with Covid-19 might move the
course online. In practice it means that the
lectures are moved from campus to Zoom following
the already existing schedule (bookings on ARBS)
and absence reporting is done normally via
Itslearning. The situation is followed up
continuously and information about possible
changes in the course are sent via e-mail or

Recommended or required reading

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty
The Animator?s Survival Kit - Richard Willams

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the
following examinations:
Examination 1 ....
Examination 2.... etc.
(examinations include written examination tests,
demonstrations and presentations, reports and
produktions, essays, and also presence at
specified occasions)

The examinations contribute to the final grade as
follows: ...


  • Ahonen Mirko
  • Sammander Arash


Sammander Arash

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

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