Important Notice

NOTE: Reduced tuition course for underrepresented groups only

This is the special reduced tuition version of the course ($450). This discount is in addition to the introductory discount. It’s available only to learners who identify as belonging to a group that is underrepresented in the industry (e.g., women, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, visible minorities and LGBTQ+2S, etc.). If you’re part of an underrepresented group, please email cs@capilanou.ca before registering and let us know if you’re a member of an underrepresented group. Once your status is confirmed, you can register for the course at the $450 price.

If you’re not a member of an underrepresented group, you will need to register for the introductory discount-only version of the course ($900). The links to these courses can be found on the program page.

Online: Cohort-Based

This is a one-week (30 hours) elective course specializing in compositing using Toon Boom Harmony. Participants will learn to take existing animated characters, props, environments (backgrounds) and then add shadows, lighting and hand-drawn effects to composite and render final image sequences.

The course will be delivered in the Online: Cohort-Based format with daily live check-ins.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Execute 2D FX work (explosions, water, sparkles) and add post effects (glows, particles, simulations)
  • Apply overall frame or colour adjustments to final images
  • Create a comp of a scene using production assets
  • Compose shots and understand design principles
  • Integrate all layers of animation, environment, lighting and FX to create final shots
  • Employ a variety of common software visual effects processes and terms (glow, blur, colour keying)
  • Perform 2DFX compositing
  • Light and add depth maps to characters
  • Apply hand-drawn and procedural shadows
  • Use rim lights for day and night character and environment lighting
  • Understand basic lighting and how shadows work

Evaluation Method



See program page for overview of required skills and experience

Required Materials

See program page for overview of required software/hardware, etc.


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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Total sessions 6

Course Reference Number (CRN) 92017

Instructor Personal Mentor


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North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V7L 0G5
604 984 4901


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