Course Description

Toon Boom Harmony is a leading 2D animation software application used by independent artists, small studios, and major animation companies. In this hands-on, fast-paced course, students gain the technical and conceptual skills required to create engaging 2D animations. This software has the tools to provide a wide set of styles that range from traditional, cel-painted “cartoons,” to abstract, living dreamscapes. Topics include the fundamentals of animation motion-analysis and their application, understanding the essential tools and workflow of production, and useful tools within this software. Students will have the opportunity to develop a short 2D animation for a portfolio or demo reel, and will learn through presentations, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques.

For online sections, students are responsible for purchasing their own software. In-person courses are held in OCAD U's computer labs using the latest software.


  • Create a character design for rigging or traditional animation,
  • Familiarize with vector-based drawing and Bezier curve control,
  • Apply fundamental character rigging using pegs, deformers, and constraints,
  • Complete scene planning and layout,
  • Adopt the principles of animation with a thorough understanding of how they apply to motion and performance,
  • Develop story planning, pacing, motion timing, and rendering,
  • Create colour palette.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Introduction to Toon Boom Harmony
Jun 05, 2024 to Jul 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $500.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required. For online sections, students are responsible for purchasing their own software.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions.  Learn more about what to expect in a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

Important: Online courses have firm start and end dates. Each assignment has its own deadline. Extensions are not granted.

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas. 

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.