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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