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2D Animation with Toon Boom Harmony (Evening - 10 weeks)

Course details


Live online

Start date

TBC September 2024

Application deadline



10 weeks

Mode of study

Part time (Thursday evening: 7pm-10pm)



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Course overview 

Animators, it’s time to take it to the next level

2D Animation with Toon Boom Harmony is a 10-week online introduction to the basics of locomotion and mechanics in animation. This course will enable students to learn the basics of 2D animation using Toon Boom Harmony, with no prior knowledge of the software required.

You will be expected to attend an evening class one night a week, and will be set simple projects to do from home. You will also have the opportunity to develop your portfolio or demo reel ensuring you are studio ready on completion of the course.

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Why choose this course

  • Ranked 3rd in the UK – and 8th in Europe in the Animation Career Review’s school ranking

  • Industry briefs – work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio

  • Professional input – our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune), Cinesite (Iwájú and Thor: Love and Thunder) and Netflix, help keep this degree up to date. You will also receive feedback on some of your work from industry professionals

  • Successful alumni – you'll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 47 Escapees worked on Avengers: Endgame, 28 on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and 16 on Stranger Things

  • Industry-standard software – you'll learn using professional software such as Maya, ToonBoom Harmony and Blender

  • Fast-track learning – studying a short course allows you to learn new skills quickly, in a fast-paced environment, so you can start applying for jobs as soon as you’ve completed the programme

  • Intensive training – we pack a lot into a few evening classes, and we recommend that you work outside of classes for an extra few hours per week to complete your assignments

  • Flexibility – study live online and in the evening to fit the course around your professional and personal life and other commitments

  • Strong portfolio – along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Completion, you'll leave with strong creative and technical skills and great pieces for your portfolio

  • Small class sizes – a convivial environment allows students to assist and inspire one another and benefit from personalised feedback from tutors.

Course modules

  • User interface and setup

  • Animation basics - the bouncing ball

  • Rigging basics 1

  • Rigging basics 2

  • Locomotion cycles

  • Advanced locomotion

  • Final project - planning

  • Final project - development

  • Final project - submission

  • Demo reel

More information

  • Toon Boom Harmony

If you have any questions about your application or our entry requirements, get in touch!

As part of the application process, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions for your place on the course to be secured.

Minimum requirements

We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

To study this short course, you must:

  • Be over 18

  • Have a good understanding of written and spoken English

  • Feel comfortable using a computer.

If you’d like to discuss your circumstances before applying, contact us!

Non-UK students

We accept international students for our short courses, with no difference in course fees or administration costs. 

The Standard Visitor visa allows students to come to the UK to study for a course of up to six months at an accredited institution. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a standard visitor visa prior to departure from your home country. For more information visit:  

Contact us on or +44 (0)203 441 1303 for any questions.

We can provide remote access to our workstations during teaching time. Due to availability restrictions, we highly advise you to have your own set up at home to study in your own time.

More things you’ll need:

  • A strong internet connection

  • An external hard drive (minimum 2TB) to back up your work during the course

  • A three-button mouse (or optionally graphics tablet)

  • A computer microphone (and optionally a webcam)

  • Note-taking materials

If you have any questions about learning online or if you need help with what to buy, get in touch at


Live online: £905

Payment plans

We offer a range of payment plan options for all courses. Following an initial deposit at registration stage, your chosen payment plan will break down your remaining fees into up to six equal instalments, to be paid over the course length.

Contact us or visit our admissions page for any questions about fees, funding and payment plans.

You’ll leave with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, along with strong creative and technical skills and some great pieces of work for your portfolio. Ready to apply for jobs in the industry!

Some of the opportunities you can consider once you’ve finished your studies include:

  • Junior 2D Animator

  • Storyboard Artist

  • Editorial Assistant for Animation

  • Production Assistant

Our students have gone to work as both specialist and generalist artists in the animation industry, including 2D animation for films, TV shows, games and commercials.

Read some of our animation Escapee success stories.

Check out our Careers Guide for more information about career opportunities and progression routes.

We pack a lot into each class of our evening courses, to be able to offer a learning option that is more flexible and fits in with your personal and work life. This means that contact time with your tutors will be intense learning and hands on. To make the most of this course, we recommend that you spend at least 10 hours working on your projects or practising your new skills in your own time each week. 

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Meet our industry-experienced tutors

They all have industry experience and are experts in their fields. They are certified trainers for Autodesk Maya. They’ve worked at studios including Walt Disney, DreamWorks and Framestore, on credits including The Lion King, Godzilla and Doctor Strange.

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Student showcase

Escape Studios gave me the tools, and the environment that I needed to learn a new skill. I could then take those tools and push on, knowing that I was always going to start from a solid foundation.

Jamie Floodgate, Animation Escapee
Animator at Blue Zoo