2d TV-Animation Summer School

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2d TV-Animation Summer School

In this course you will train your ability to animate 2d characters in the software Toonboom Harmony, which is often used for animated TV-series. Translating the principles of acting and physicality into animations, especially of characters dancing, walking and moving to music is the main focus of this very practical course.

2d TV-Animation Summer School

  • Facts

    Title : 2d TV-Animation Summer School

    Language : English

    Credits : 8 ECTS points

    Duration of the program: 3 weeks

    Next program: August 8 – 26, 2022

    Application deadline: May 1, 2022

    Fee, EU-citizens: 7.680 DKK (appr. 1.032 EUR)
    Fee, non-EU citizens: 13.600 DKK (appr. 1.830 EUR)

    Housing and food: Housing and food is not included in the course fee. Please see “Housing” for further details.

    Place: The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg, DK

    COVID-19: Should it due to COVID-19 not be possible to run the course physically at campus for a longer period of time, we prepare and offer an alternative, online solution.


    Open Education

    2d TV-Animation Summer School is an Open Education program, part of the Bachelor in Character Animation at The Animation Workshop, VIA University College (TAW). Open Education is a wide range of educational programs in Denmark offered to adults who wish to undergo further training. It is open to anybody who has successfully passed our admission criteria.

  • Structure and content

    Course content

    The 2d TV-Animation Summer School is based on the program element “Animation Physicality Core area: 2D Character Animation Theory, Methods and Techniques” of the bachelor in Character Animation.



    During the course, you will be practicing your ability to animate characters in 2d dancing and walking, implementing the principles of acting and physicality. Moreover, rhythm, sound and music will be addressed in regards to how it relates and influences an animated scene. Students will gain insight into how to develop believable and consistent characters through 2d animated performance.

    Throughout the course, you will be animating in Toonboom Harmony, which will be introduced at the beginning of the course. Since the software is industry standard for animated TV-series, the course will provide relevant practice for you who are interested in entering that work field.

    In general, the course is very practical and hands-on. The teaching will be a combination of lectures, assignments and feedback - individually and in groups, aiming at pushing each student to reach as high a skill level in 2d animation as possible.


    Daily program

     9-12  class
     12-13  lunch
     13-16  class

    Sometimes, additional activities will be organized after school hours such as trips or social activities. The nature of these depend strongly on whether there will still be COVID 19 restrictions to take into account in August. In addition, the workload of the course is relatively high, so extra work on assignments outside of course hours is to be expected.



    The course is rounded off with a graded exam based on the topic of the course.


    Course materials

    Use of the program Toonboom Harmony 17 for the duration of the course is included in the course fee. Participants have to bring their own computers that can run the program.


    System requirements

    System requirements Windows
    Version: Windows 7 (64-bit, excluding Starter and Home Basic), Windows 8.1 (64 bit) or Windows 10 (64 bit)
    Processor: Minimum: Intel Core i5 minimum, recommended: Intel Core i7, Xeon or better
    Memory: Minimum: 8 GB, recommended: 32 GB
    Monitor: Minimum: 1280 x 800 minimum, recommended: 1920 x 1080, 4K monitors with scaling up to 200% supported
    Video card: Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, recommended: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060, best: NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070
    Drawing tablet: Wacom Bamboo, Intuos or Cintiq
    Disk space: 1 GB

    System requirements macOS
    Version: macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra, macOS 10.14.6 Mojave, macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, macOS 11.0.1 Big Sur Intel Processor
    Processor: Minimum: Intel Core i5, recommended: Intel Core i7, Xeon or better
    Memory: 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



  • How to apply

    Admission criteria

    The summer school is open for students who have studied at least one year on a bachelor education or have some professional experience in visual arts. Applicants should already have acquired a foundation in animation, either because they already study animation or another subject where an introduction to animation was taught, or because they learned it elsewhere, for example as part of their professional work or in a course. Additionally, good drawing skills are needed to be able to follow the class.


    How to apply

    To apply to the course, please use the online application form. You will be asked to upload:

    • A CV
    • Proof of study if relevant
    • A portfolio (online link or pfd) including:
      -  life drawings, long and/or short (minimum 5)
      -  character designs or other animation related drawings (minimum 5)
      -  information about your animation experience, for example links to exercises or films that you made or a course/university diploma transcript proving course participation.


    About the application process

    The application is first-come-first-serve, and we review the applications as they come. In the event of a successful application to the course, you will receive an acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks after applying. When the course is full, we will have to reject your application even though you meet the admission criteria. However, rejected, qualified applicants are put on a waiting list, and they will be offered a seat in case of cancelations.


    The application form

    In order to access the application form, you will be asked to sign in. In order to do that, you need to create your own password on the log on page.

    We are using a standard form for all VIA summer schools, that can not really be changed alot, so there might be a few confusing moments. F.ex. the course name is not mentioned, it just says “VIA summer school”. This is one of several VIA summer schools, so you need to write that your first priority is this course.

    There is also another contact e-mail. Mails written to that will be forwarded, but it’s better to write directly to MARP@via.dk if you have questions about the course or the application process.

    You will be asked to choose between certain options about you education status or background. Because we are using a standard schedule, some students can be qualified, f.ex. though professional experience, but do not find the suitable option in the menu. In that case, please just choose a random one and make sure that it is explained in your CV what your actual background is.


    Please note

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



  • Instructors

    Mikkel Mainz

    Mikkel Mainz

    Animation film director and creative producer

    . He is the founder of Skjald, a company focusing on developing worlds for 2D animated films, series, comics, RPG systems, and more. He also founded the 2D animation studio Sun Creature with two of his classmates right after his studies at The Animation Workshop in 2013. He created and directed the webseries and universe "The Reward - Tales of Alethrion", which raised around half a million dollars through crowdfunding and is developing his feature film "Spirit Seeker" with Jericca Cleland and Gone Badminton with Copenhagen Bombay. He has been animating on various other 2D projects like Ivandoe, Song of the Sea and Emara.

    Christian Kuntz

    Christian Kuntz

    Christian Kuntz has been in the animation industry since 1996, where he started his career at A. Film in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been working on a countless number of film productions, like “Spirit” (Dreamworks, 2002) and “Asterix and the vikings” (M6 Films, 2006).

    I the beginning of the millennium, Christian Kuntz started his own business and since then he has been involved in more or less every Danish animation film, both as a storyboard artist, character designer, animator and most recent as a director. Among the latest productions Christian Kuntz has participated in are The Ole Lund Kirkegaard-trilogy (character development and 2d animation), The Children's World (character designer and animation-key poser), Bad Rain, music video for guitarist Slash, 2012 (animator) and Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson (animator). He also just finished his first film as a director, Mops & Ollie.

    Mik Kirchheiner

    Mik ”Lionbalch” Kirchheiner

    A Denmark-based 2D Artist and Animator

    He was Assistant Director and Lead Animator on the short film “Dark Dark Woods” and since graduating from The Animation Workshop in 2017 he has worked on a number 2D animated features and TV Series, as well as several bouts of teaching animation.

    A storyteller at heart, he is always looking for new avenues to explore and express a good and heartfelt story.

  • Housing


    Food is not included in the course fee, but breakfast and lunch can be purchased in the VIA cantina. Bakeries and supermarkets that offer take-away meals as well as restaurants can be found close to the school. Please note that many of the housing options include cooking facilities.

    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 “Bogligselskabet Sct. Jørgen”. They offer various types of rooms furnished with a bed, a table and a chair. You can borrow duvet and pillow form The Animation Workshop, but you will need to bring your own bed sheets 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).

    One-room flat with private kitchen, bath and toilet: 2.625 kr.

    Single room in a flat shared with one other student (shared kitchen, bath and toilet) : 2.250 kr.

    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 over the summer.

    Bed and Breakfast, camping etc.

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




    Danhostel Viborg

    DCU Camping Viborg Sø

  • Contact

    Maria Skov Pedersen is a teacher and coordinator at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    Maria Skov Pedersen

    Coordinator and teacher at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    T: +45 87 55 49 44