Harmonize your skills with industry demand

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In response to the current shortage of Harmony-trained animators, compositors and riggers, Capilano University Continuing Studies has created the 2D Animation, Compositing and Rigging Using Toon Boom Harmony microcredential program. The program is for animators, compositors or rigging artists who have relevant experience working in the animation or VFX industry who are looking to expand their expertise and port their existing skills to the Toon Boom Harmony workflow.

Program Overview

This is a 2-week, two-course, non-credit, intensive bootcamp program. It will be delivered in an online, cohort-based format. The program will run from July 11 - 30, 2022, with a break from July 18 to 24.

To receive the microcredential, learners must take two 30-hour (one week) courses: the mandatory Introduction course plus one elective. The elective allows participants to specialize in one stream of the Harmony workflow: Compositing, Animation, or Rigging. For summer 2022, there is only one elective available: Harmony Compositor: Compositing and Outputting Final Images/Frames (part of the Compositing stream).

The program will be mostly self-paced online with daily live check-ins (Zoom) with the main instructor. Each day a new module will be released for learners to work through.

The instructor will be a virtual chat away should challenges arise.


The program breaks down as follows:

Required course: Toon Boom Harmony Software Introduction (July 11 - 16; Mon - Sat)

In addition, one elective must be taken:

Elective course: Harmony Compositor: Compositing and Outputting Final Images/Frames (July 25 - 30; Mon - Sat)

Elective course: 2D Animation Using Harmony: Becoming a Harmony Animator (not available summer 2022)

Elective course: Harmony Building: Creating and Maintaining Digital Puppets (not available summer 2022)

Participants must complete two courses (the required introduction and one elective) to earn the microcredential.

Learning Outcomes

General Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, learners will be able to: 

  • Adapt, customize and interact with the Harmony node-based Interface 
  • Create and design art elements to technical specifications (for example, Brush vs Pencil strokes)
  • Add keyframes, assign time increments to hierarchical characters, props and other design elements including special effects on the Harmony Timeline  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of hierarchical node based design, motion, and media delivery
  • Examine how Harmony deformers are used and applied for shape change 
  • Use masks/cutters/seamless systems to create eye, mouth and arm rigs to better understand and troubleshoot Harmony builds

Specific Stream Outcomes

Depending on the stream selected, learners will also be able to:

Compositing stream (Available Summer 2022)

  • Light and add depth maps to characters
  • 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.
  • Appreciate the miracle of node-based compositing
  • 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
  • Use rim lights for day and night character and environment lighting

Animation stream (Unavailable for Summer 2022)

  • Animate using rigged and hand-drawn characters
  • Use keyframe principles to animate using straight ahead or pose-to-pose workflows. 
  • Apply principles of aesthetics to create appealing poses and images
  • Understand hierarchical-based character build structure
  • Create hand drawn as well as puppet-based animation
  • Produce a demo reel sequence
  • Create peg hierarchies and apply them to create motion
  • Manage shape changers using deformation tools

Rigging stream (Unavailable for Summer 2022)

  • Use industry standard techniques to create complex, yet production friendly and versatile character rigs
  • Analyse and create/augment a library of props and characters based in different artistic styles
  • Create joints and moving points to rotate and pivot
  • Design, test, and maintain character setups 
  • Work with animators to create user-friendly characters
  • Establish file naming conventions
  • Use Harmony Master Control design and implementation
  • Test rigs and ensure they hold up in animation
  • Understand drawing layers and sublayers and their advantages to character builds


You must be experienced in the animation or visual effects industry, or have completed an animation program. The program does not teach the fundamentals of animation, building or compositing, but focusses on how these disciplines are incorporated into workflows using Toon Boom Harmony. The program is largely self-guided, and is not intended as an introductory offering.


You will need a computer with the following specifications:

Windows 10 or 11


  • Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 • Minimum: Intel Core i5 minimum
  • Minimum: 8 GB • 500 GB HD Anim 203-02 Syllabus Page 3
  • Windows 7 (64-bit, excluding Starter and Home Basic), Windows 8.1 (64 bit), Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Monitor Minimum: 1280 x 800 minimum
  • Wacom Bamboo, Intuos or Cintiq


  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 • Recommended: Intel Core i7, Xeon or better
  • 32 GB of RAM • 2 TB of storage, this can be split by multiple drives
  • Windows 10
  • Monitor: Recommended: 1920 x 1080, 4K monitors with scaling up to 200% supported
  • Wacom Bamboo, Intuos or Cintiq (Toon Boom does not support Huion products)


  • macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14.6 Mojave
  • macOS 10.15.4 Catalina
  • macOS 11.0.1 Big Sur

Intel Processor

  • Minimum: Intel Core i5
  • Recommended: Intel Core i7, Xeon or better


  • Minimum: 8 GB
  • Recommended: 32 GB
  • Monitor:
  • Minimum: 1280 x 800 minimum
  • Recommended: 1920 x 1080
  • Retina display supported

Video Card

  • Minimum: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 1536 MB
  • Recommended: Radeon Pro 560
  • Best : Radeon Pro Vega 64

Drawing Tablet

  • Wacom Bamboo, Intuos or Cintiq

Disk Space: 1.25 GB

  • A cell phone, iPad or camera capable of recording video footage for reference
  • A mirror and stopwatch


One-time-only promotional price

Since this is the first time the program is being offered, it’s being made available for a one-time introductory price of $900 per course. (This is at least a 50% discount from what the program will be offered at in the future). Seats are limited, so register now to take advantage of this not-to-be-missed discount.

Receive 50% off introductory tuition price with special funding for underrepresented groups

Prospective 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.) can apply for a discount of 50% off the introductory course tuition of $900 (you will pay only $450 per course). If you’re part of an underrepresented group, please email cs@capilanou.ca before registering and let us know if you qualify for the reduced tuition.


Registration is on first come, first served basis, so register early.

To register, you need to visit both course pages (the mandatory course plus the elective) and register for each course individually by selecting the ADD TO CART button. You must register for each course (two in total), otherwise your registration will not be processed. The links to the courses can be found above in the Courses section.



More Info

Email cs@capilanou.ca for more information.

About Microcredentials

This is a microcredential program. A microcredential is a short, focused and competency-based course or program that, upon successful completion, entitles you to receive a digital badge that you can display on sites such as LinkedIn. It’s a verified proof of competency that demonstrates to employers that you have acquired skills in a particular area.


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