Skip to main content
This summer season, don't distance yourself from learning. Join us for one of our many free virtual sessions!
Due to COVID-19, all on-ground and residential programming has been cancelled for the 2020 summer season. The health and safety of our community is important to us. Read more.

This experience will be offered again in the summer of 2021 and registration will be available within the coming months.
In the meantime, be sure to join us for one of our many FREE virtual sessions in cinema, dance, music, communications and more. Register here!

Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Learn the process and fundamentals of 2D character animation at Point Park University.  Students will explore this art form by using industry-standard software and facilities to make their own animations.

This class culminates in a screening of all final projects for family and friends. This intensive is led by Point Park Assistant Professor Jonathan Trueblood.

To participate in this exciting program, students must be entering grades 9-12 as of Fall 2020. No prior experience is necessary in order to participate.

This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay in full.


Start Date: Monday, July 20, 2020
Week 1 End Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Week 2 End Date:
Friday, July 31, 2020

Classes will be held Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 4:30pm, with a 1-hour lunch break. Each day will consist of lectures and hands-on work in computer labs. There will be screenings of animated works throughout the week.

The first week of activities will conclude with a Pizza Party on the evening of Friday, July 24.

The second week of activities will conclude with a showcase of student projects on the evening of Friday, July 31.

Students will have the option to register for 1 week or 2 weeks. *If a student would like to attend for just 1 week, they must attend the first week.


*Further class details coming soon. 


Resident Check-in: Sunday, July 19 between 6 and 7pm
Week 1 Resident Check-out: Friday, July 24 or Saturday, July 25
Week 2 Resident Check-out: Friday, July 31 or Saturday, August 1
* Students must be at least 14 years of age to live on campus in a residence hall.

Commuter Check-inMonday, July 20, at 9:30am in the lobby of Academic Hall (201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222)

Jonathan Trueblood

Jonathan Trueblood, M.F.A.

Animating a Career

After obtaining in bachelor's degree at Edinboro University, Jonathan Trueblood moved to New York City where he worked for several different motion graphic studios. It was there where he worked with companies such as MTV and ESPN to create short animations and effects for their shows. He specifically remembers working on animations and video clips that played during the commercial breaks for popular shows on MTV such as Viva La Bam and Pimp My Ride. He was also part of a team that made ten-second animated clips to promote up and coming bands on MTV.

"In a year, we probably made about 180 to 200 of those 10-second animations. That was a really fun product."

Jonathan has also created animation effects for large companies like BP, American Express and the NFL Network. However, of all the exciting projects he has been a part of, the project that stands out in Jonathan's memory is one he and his former Point Park students made for TED Talks that received a lot of positive feedback.

Animating the Lives of Others

Jonathan became passionate about teaching when he was a graduate teacher's assistant at Carnegie Mellon. Jonathan gets the most satisfaction when he sees that students are learning, working hard and setting themselves up to join the workforce after graduation. Jonathan remarked that the students who work hard and log the most hours in the computer room are often times the ones who end up working for companies like Disney and Pixar.

"The work that you did, the hours that we spent in my office, the critiques and discussions we had, when that stuff pays off, that's the best feeling."


Old School at Heart

Growing up, Jonathan remembers seeing two specific films with his grandmother that first inspired him to work in animation. Those films were Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Lion King. These groundbreaking films made him want to draw something that would come to life and generate a reaction from the audience.

Jonathan prefers the hand-drawn, traditional, 2D animation over 3D animation because it is the form he grew up watching and that inspired him to get into the field. 1940s and 50s cartoons and classic Disney movies showcase the human touch that 3D animation, however impressive, lacks.

"I love some of the things that you can do with 3D, but actually getting the pencil smudges on your hand, touching the paper, and crinkling the paper, you can't get with 3D that you can get when you animate by hand."


Commuter Students

1 Week Tuition: $695.00
2 Week Tuition$1,295.00
(includes daily buffet lunch)

Resident Students

1-Week Tuition: $1,295.00
2-Week Tuition: $2,395.00
(includes three meals on weekdays; brunch and dinner on weekends)

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University. Animation classes take place in West Penn Animation Labs.


Check-in will take place in Academic Hall.



Point Park University
Academic Hall
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The option to live on campus during 2D Animation is available to students at least 14 years old.

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. 2D Animation students stay in Conestoga and Pioneer halls.

Adult resident advisers live on campus to supervise minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors.

Animation Suites

Students do not need to bring a computer to this intensive. Point Park University will supply all necessary equipment with software to be successful in the program.

Students will work and learn in two individual PC-Animation Suites with access to:
  • XP-PEN Monitor Drawing Tablets
  • Toon Boom Harmony (software)
  • Adobe Creative Suites (software)

   West Penn Lab 2.JPGWest Penn Lab 1.JPGWPlabs-1380.JPG

Several students shared why they chose to attend this year's camp, what they learned and what it was like to spend the week on a college campus. Read on to learn more!

Luke Tidy

Meet Luke Tiday, Cumberland Valley High School

"I chose to attend the animation camp at Point Park to learn about traditional animation and to learn the techniques that could transfer to other types of animation.  This camp was worth every penny."


Eva_2D Animation

Meet Eva Vislisel, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School

"The traditional animation camp was fun, interesting and stimulating! If you're interested in learning more about animation, this camp is very informative and allows your creativity to flourish."



Meet Aiden St. Clair, Ward Melville High School

"Animation camp was fun, constructive and a great start for me to learn the basics of animation. I liked working on the 2D animations because I learned how to make my art come alive."


Meet David Coole, Tunkhannock Area High School

"It was an interesting experience being on a college campus in Downtown Pittsburgh for someone such as myself who lives in a rural area. I really liked being in an environment where my classmates appreciated and enjoyed animation as much as I do."

As an undergraduate student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education.

Consider a B.F.A. or B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects.
Contact Information:
Phone: 412-392-3457
(Include “2D Animation” in the subject line of emails)