The Animation Diploma: In addition to a series of both classical and digital animation courses, the curriculum includes in-depth drawing classes, cartooning, acting for animation, character design, background painting/design, and a sequence of visual language, storytelling, and storyboarding courses. In Year 3, as the culmination of a series of linked courses, each student produces an original short, using 2D computer animation. Year 3 students are at the college for an extra month to work on their films and receive an additional 36 hours of instruction during this time.

In Year 4, in addition to advanced courses in 3D animation, students work as a group and participate in a simulated 3D production experience directed by an industry professional. This is a longer academic year, with an additional 3 weeks added to each semester.

Max the Mutt students graduate with a solid portfolio, a demo reel, the skills to write a cover letter and résumé, an online profile page, and the ability to conduct themselves professionally in a job interview.

Most of our instructors are working professionals, and we have strong contacts in the animation community. Our annual Industry Event showcases graduating students and is well attended by representatives from animation and gaming companies. In addition, many employers contact us regularly when they have job openings, and we regularly inform our graduates of these employment opportunities.

One of the great strengths of all Max the Mutt programs is an emphasis on professionalism, including meeting deadlines, working as part of a team, the ability to take direction and criticism. This makes it easier for our graduates to make the transition to the workplace and contribute to their success.


In order to graduate, students must pass all of the following courses.

Note that, due to scheduling requirements, courses will sometimes be offered in terms or years different from the schedule below. For complete course descriptions, please consult our course or contact the school.

Year 1

First Term Second Term

Beginning Life Drawing 1

Perspective 1

Design & Composition

Principles of Drawing 1

History of Animation & Animation Production Process

Introduction to Animation

Colour Theory & Background Painting

Beginning Life Drawing 2

Perspective 2

Structural Drawing 1

Principles of Drawing 2

Cartooning 1

Animation Basics 1

Storytelling & Story Development

Year 2

First Term Second Term

12-hours Intensive: Introduction to Photoshop

Intermediate Life Drawing 1

Artistic Anatomy

Introduction to Storyboarding & Film Language

Storyboarding 1

Drawing Heads & Features

Intro to 2D Computer Animation

Cartooning for Animation 2

Animation Basics 2 A

Drawing Hands & Feet

Character Design

Intermediate Life Drawing 2

Animation Basics 2 B

Acting for Animation 1

Layout for Animation 1 & 2

2D Computer Animation: Intro 2

Year 3

First Term Second Term

Digital Background Painting (pre-semester intensive)

Advanced Life Drawing 1

Animation Basics 3

Storyboarding 2

Drawing for Animation 1

Introduction to 3D Software

Intro to Animal Drawing for Animators

3D Film Development & Pre-Production

Advanced Life Drawing 2 + Sketching on Location

2D Computer Animation: Intermediate

Animation Basics 4

3D Character Animation

2D Computer Animation: Film Project

Year 4

First Term Second Term

3D In-Depth

3D Character Animation 2

Drawing for Animation 2

3D Animation Production Part 1

3D Animation Production Part 2

Acting for Animation 2

Portfolio Development


Tuition at public universities and colleges in Ontario is subsidized by the provincial government for local students, with universities receiving almost the same amount from subsidies as they do from tuition.

As Max the Mutt is a private career college, we do not receive any tuition assistance from the government, and our fees reflect the full cost of delivering our high-quality programs. Tuition for international students is slightly higher as it goes toward the increased cost of visa processing and marketing outside of Canada.

At this time Max the Mutt students are not eligible for OSAP student loans. We do, however, provide financial assistance to some qualifying students.

Max the Mutt Animation School is eligible to receive payment from RESPs and all diploma and certificate program students receive T2202A Tax Receipts for tuition paid.

  • Year 1: $11,850 ($14,000 International)
  • Year 2: $11,850 ($14,000 International)
  • Year 3: $11,850 ($14,000 International)
  • Year 4: $12,850 ($14,000 International)

In need of financial assistance?

Max the Mutt offers many options for students who are unable to pay all or part of their tuition due to financial hardship. We are also able to provide contacts at financial institutions for a student line of credit.

For New Students

New students will need to submit the following items to the admissions department in order to be considered for one of our 1st-year scholarships:

Note: if you currently reside outside the Greater Toronto Area you may submit items electronically. Please ensure all image files are in JPG or PNG format in a single zipped file.

  • Entire package from your application review (additional items can be included).
  • One additional character reference.
  • An additional essay of no more than 1 page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • A link to your online portfolio, if available.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food, and living expenses.
  • Evidence of financial need: copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year both you and your parents.
  • A completed application form

Please Note: This aid is Not Available to International Students.

For Returning Students

Returning Students will need to submit the following to the registrar’s office by the submission deadline:

  • An additional essay of no more than 1 page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food, and living expenses.
  • Portfolio of work of your choosing.
  • A link to your online portfolio, if available.
  • Life drawing sketchbook(s).
  • Two references from current instructors.
  • Evidence of financial need: copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year both you and your parents.
  • A completed application form

Career Opportunities

Max the Mutt graduates are employed and in-demand. Industry representatives have told us they are impressed by the uniformly high level of quality in our graduate’s work. We assist employers on a regular basis by connecting them with qualified students. We also keep in touch with our graduates and regularly inform them about job openings.

Possible careers

  • 3D Animator
  • Character Rigger
  • Character Modeler
  • Character or Environment Modeler
  • Material Shading and Lighting
  • Character Design, Sculpting, and Texturing
  • Environment Design, Modeling and Texturing
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Layout & Environment Design
  • Animator
  • Digital Background Painter
  • Color Key Artist
  • 2D Computer Animation Artist (Harmony)
  • Locations Designer

Here are just some of the companies are graduates have been hired at:

  • 9 Story Toronto
  • Disney Design Group
  • Corus / Nelvana
  • Portfolio Entertainment
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Guru Studios
  • Elliott Animation
  • Pipeline Studios
  • Warner Bros Games
  • Mercury Filmworks
  • Legend 3D
  • Juice Box
  • Pixar
  • Vision Globale
  • See Creatures
  • Ludia

Application Requirements


  • Completed Application Form and Portfolio Review Fee (Contact your Admissions officer for more details).
  • A copy of your secondary and/or post-secondary school transcripts. If you are a mature student, please provide transcripts from any institution attended in the last five years.
  • A written character reference from a current or past instructor or employer. This should be sent to or delivered to us in a sealed envelope. International applicants are also required to submit one character reference.
  • Two still life drawings of objects in an environment. For example, a bottle and an apple on a table, 2 toys on the floor, a shoe and a sock.
  • A drawing of your own hand.
  • A drawing of a room (interior).
  • A drawing of a neighborhood (exterior).
  • Pages from your sketchbook.

Program specific requirements

Please provide the following additional pieces:

  • Character rotation: Create a character and draw it from the following angles: the profile, ¾ front, frontal, ¾ rear. You may include your developmental sketches along with the finished product.
  • Facial Studies: Create 6 studies showing facial expressions for this character (heads only).
  • Create a prop for the character ( examples: a hat, an umbrella)
  • Create a second character who is physically different from the first one. Show this difference by placing the two characters side-by-side in silhouette. Do they “read” well: can we easily tell them apart?
  • Create a simple prop of some kind for the second character, i.e. a possession such as a hat, an umbrella, or a bag of some kind.
  • Storyboard: Create a simple, 8-16 panel storyboard involving the two characters you have designed and their props. For example, one character has an umbrella, the other a shopping bag. Both are waiting for a bus. They don’t know each other. It begins to rain heavily. Character A offers to share his umbrella, but then has trouble when it blows inside out. Character B opens her large plastic bag, which they then share.

Written essay

A 2-3 page essay about yourself and why you want to attend this program. Your essay must include:

  • What animated films, studios, or animators have inspired you and why?
  • What are your major interests and influences?
  • What are your favorite books?
  • Have you had any team or group experiences?
  • Why do you want to attend this program?

Students who live at a distance can apply by submitting documents and portfolios through attachments to emails and arranging a skype interview.

Additional requirements for international students

Before deciding to apply, please be aware:

  • Upon acceptance, you will have to apply for a Study Permit. Therefore, before you begin the application process and invest your time and energy, we suggest that you take the time to be sure that you meet Canadian Immigration guidelines!

To qualify for a study permit, you will need the following:

  • An IELTS General test overall score of 6.0 or greater.
  • Proof of funds to study and support yourself while in Canada.
  • A valid Passport of more than 6 months.
  • Notarized Copies of transcripts.

If you feel that you meet the above criteria and you have decided to apply, please contact the Admissions Counselor at

Incomplete portfolio review applications will not be processed. Please review all the requirements carefully. If you are mailing in your application package, please send it via courier, registered mail, or by e-mail.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 27, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
4 years
48,400 CAD
$56,000 International
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