Preparing Students for Careers Where Skills and Professionalism Count
ax the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design provides an environment in which students are encouraged to work hard to achieve their full potential. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design School guarantees small class size with serious individual instruction by highly qualified instructors who are working professionals in their fields.
e believe in giving our students a solid, well-rounded education, and the encouragement to help them develop as artists. At the same time, we expect students to conduct themselves in a professional manner, which includes the ability to take direction, meet deadlines, work with each other, and fulfill responsibilities. The development of good work habits is important in preparing for a successful career in animation, concept design, advertising, graphic design, art direction, comic books and graphic novels.
This is how we came about
In the words of Maxine Schacker
This is a school founded and run by artists and animators, that began in 1996 in my studio and happened "accidentally." As more studio courses were offered and more artists and animation people joined in, we responded to requests, and ended up with a full animation program! Nelvana and the CBC both paid for employees to upgrade skills taking classes with us. As we gradually turned into a school, we started expanding into other spaces in our original building, 96 Spadina Avenue. At that point we offered no computer training- we were a classical school. We also applied to become a registered Career College and our application was approved.
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When we moved to 952 Queen Street West, we added computer courses to the curriculum. We also added 2 new programs, first Illustration for Sequential Arts, and then Concept Art for Animation & Video Games. Both diplomas were developed in response to student interest and the amazing realization that in depth education and training for these important careers is difficult to find in Canada.
Our goal is, and always has been, to create and maintain a vibrant, ethical community dedicated to passing on skills to upcoming generations.
We still have a mandate to be available to talent, and are now able to offer bursaries, more scholarships, (including funds from the Bradley Mark Johnston Scholarship Foundation and our own loan program) to qualified students, ie those who have financial need, talent, and a professional attitude.
We definitely want to be able to pay everyone who works for us fairly, including ourselves, but the goal has always been community. We never paid ourselves better than other people we work with.
The sense of community and shared passion for the arts we're involved with has drawn numerous first rate artists to Max The Mutt, some born and trained Canada, and many born and educated abroad. The diversity in our backgrounds and education enriches our community: we share ideas and resources.
We've benefited from our openness to suggestions from these first rate professionals, and from others in these fields, both in Canada and abroad, who've offered to help us when we were designing and redesigning curriculum.
We believe in taking the work seriously, not ourselves. Humility and respect are the first requirements for growth, and for a happy creative, productive, environment. We seek students and faculty who share these values.
Every school creates a culture, and no school is the right place for everyone. We seek kindred spirits who have goals that are well served by this kind of school.
Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design is an established, respected presence in Toronto's animation industry. We're conveniently located on Queen Street West in one of the city's best loved districts. Art galleries, film companies, shops and restaurants thrive in this very vibrant and student-friendly neighborhood.