2D Animation basics in Toonboom Harmony

Are you a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist or similar looking for a way to get started with animation? Or are you an animator, wanting to learn rigged 2d animation? This course is for you!

Type and duration

Open Graphic Storytelling elective, 2 weeks

Study start and city

19 February 2024, Viborg

Course fee

EU citizens 5250 DKK (Non-EU citizens 8900 DKK)

Application deadline

Extended to February 10



What you will learn

During the two-week course, you will be introduced to the 12 classic animation principles through lectures and lots of practical exercises in Toon Boom Harmony. Harmony offers a choice between traditional frame-by-frame animation and a faster type of animation based on rigged characters – similar to how 3D animation works – which is becoming very popular in the animation industry. 

In this course, you will practice the 12 animation principles working with pre-made rigged characters. This will allow you to go deeper into the subject matter of animation principles, because you will be able to do several exercises in a short time. Those who are also interested in frame-by-frame animation will get the opportunity to try that as well.

The course is based on an elective from the BA in Graphic Storytelling, corresponding to the elective 'Animation Basics'. At the end of the course, there will be a graded exam based on your work throughout the course.

Time schedule

You will receive a detailed course schedule shortly before the course starts. Expect 5½ hours of teaching on Mondays (starting 09:30), 6 hours of teaching Tuesday to Thursday, and 5 hours of teaching on Fridays (ending 15:00).

We reserve the right to cancel the course in case we receive too few applications.

Open Education

This course is an Open Education programme, part of the Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling at The Animation Workshop, VIA University College (TAW). Open Education is a wide range of educational programmes in Denmark offered to adults who wish to undergo further training. It is open to anybody who has successfully passed our admission criteria.

Ready to apply?

Who can apply?

Applicants must have solid drawing and visual storytelling skills. An education as well as professional experience in the field of visual art is a plus but not a requirement. 

How to apply

In order to apply, you need to attach a CV, a motivational letter and a portfolio to your application. We would like to see your best work in the categories of sequential storytelling, illustration and life drawing. There are no specifications as to how much you should submit in each category.

We would also like to know about your education and work experience, both in visual art and other fields. Please mention these in your CV and upload relevant diplomas/certificates.

Where to apply?

Please use the application link below to apply. You will hear from us shortly after having submitted your application.

The extended deadline is on February 10th, 2024.

Apply here

After the deadline

We will review the applications shortly after the application deadline and within a few days you will receive the result of your application on an e-mail. Please be aware that mails from VIA might land in your spam folder.

Need more information?

  • The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) reserves the right to cancel the course should there not be enough participants.

    Please note that you will be asked to pay the fee upfront before the course starts.

    Unfortunately we cannot offer scholarships.

    Course materials

    Course materials are not part of the fee, so all students are required to bring a computer and a drawing tablet/Cintiq that will run Toon Boom Harmony. The license is part of the course fee.

  • The course is designed for physically present participants, and we strongly encourage physical presence, since physically present participants will get more out of the course. However, participants who are unable to attend physically may participate online, if they are aware of the fact that the course was not designed as an online course. The teacher will strive to include online participants as much as possible in both lectures and assignments, but the online experience will not be quite the same as the experience of taking the course physically.

  • Housing is not included in the course fee, but here are some suggestions for how and where to find accommodation:

    The student dorm Camp Logos

    For the duration of the course, one option is to rent a room in the nearby student dorm “Camp Logos”, which is run by the company “Boligselskabet Sct. Jørgen”. They offer various types of rooms furnished with a bed, a table and a chair. You can choose to purchase a duvet and pillow through VIA, so you will only need to bring bed sheets, towels and kitchen utensils. Also, you will need to clean your room very thoroughly before leaving. All tenants are, for hygienic reasons, advised to buy a top mattress (300 DKK / 40 EUR). If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact taw.housing@via.dk

    Please note: It is only possible to rent a room for minimum 1 month.

    One-room flat with private kitchen, bath and toilet: 505 EUR (3.760 DKK)

    Single room in a flat shared with one other student (shared kitchen, bath and toilet): 430 EUR (3.200 DKK)

    Please apply for housing at Camp Logos by sending a mail to: taw.housing@via.dk

    Facebook group

    In the Facebook group “Animation Workshop Housing Forum” you can get in contact with other students who might have a free room in their flat for the duration of the course.

    Bed and Breakfast, camping etc.

    Here is a list of other affordable short-term housing options in Viborg:




    Danhostel Viborg


Maria Skov Pedersen
  • Maria Skov Pedersen

  • Coordinator and Lecturer at the Talent and Skills Department
  • T: +45 87 55 49 44