Concept Art Diploma

Animation & Video Games

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Overview

The Concept Art Diploma Program has been developed to meet the increasing level of proficiency required by the video game and animation industries.

This program offers a rigorous, in-depth curriculum based on suggestions and portfolio requirements from major video game producers and animation companies.

This unique four-year diploma program includes a mix of fine art, illustration, animation, and cartooning courses, as well as concept courses and instruction in all necessary computer software from Photoshop to Maya. Our graduate work was recently featured in Conceptartworld.com.

Students in Year 4 will work on a “real time” assignment for a hypothetical client.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum

    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.

    First Term

    Beginning Life Drawing 1
    Perspective 1
    Structural Drawing 1
    Design & Composition
    Representational Painting 1
    Principles of Drawing 1
    History of Animation

    Second Term

    Beginning Life Drawing 1
    Perspective 1
    Structural Drawing 1
    Design & Composition
    Representational Painting 1
    Principles of Drawing 1
    History of Animation

  • Tuition

    Tuition

    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.

    See the Scholarships & Student Aid page for more information.

    • Year 1

      $10,850 ($13,600 International) – includes portfolio review fee

    • Year 2

      $11,850 ($13,600 International)

    • Year 3

      $11,850 ($13,600 International)

    • Year 4

      $11,850 ($13,600 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.

    The following financial assistance options are provided through the school:

    Applying for Financial Aid at Max the Mutt

    The deadline to submit financial aid applications for the Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 academic year is as follows:

    • Year 1 Application deadline: April 13, 2015
    • Year 1 Review & notification of status: May 1, 2015
    • Years 2-4 Application deadline: May 13, 2015
    • Years 2-4 Review & notification of status: May 31, 2015

    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 only applicable to New Canadian Students Only.

    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
    Line of Credit Info Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Career Opportunities

    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

    • Storyboard Artist
    • Character Designer
    • Layout & Environment Design
    • Animator
    • Video Game Designer
    • Background Painter
    • Digital Background Painter
    • Color Key Artist
    • Illustrator
    • Flash Animator
    • Concept Artist
    • Penciller
    • Locations Designer
    • Graphic Designer
    • 3D Animator
    • Character Rigger
    • Character Modeler
    • Character or Environment Modeler
    • Material Shading and Lighting
    • Character Design, Sculpting and Texturing
    • Environment Design, Modeling and Texturing
    • VFX CGI Real Life Film Capture
    How to Apply
  • Application Requirements

    Application Requirements

    General

    • 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. 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 admissions@maxthemutt.com or delivered to us in a sealed envelope. International applicants are required to submit two references.
    • A drawing of your own hand.
    • 2 still life drawings: 2 objects in an environment.
    • A drawing of a room (interior).
    • A drawing of a neighborhood (exterior).
    • Pages from your sketchbook.

    Students who live at a distance can submit through attachments to emails and a Skype interview.

    Program Specific Requirements

    • Three additional drawings (for a total of five) of objects in an environment. For example: an apple and bottle on a table, or a toy truck on a floor.
    • Five studies in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, or oil.
    • A drawing of an imaginary environment.
    • Examples of digital painting : optional
    • Life drawing (figure drawing): optional

    Written Essay

    Two to three page essay about yourself and why you want to attend this program. Your essay must include:

    • Which animated films and/or video games have concept design that has inspired you? Why?
    • Which fine artists do you admire? Why?
    • What are your favourite books?
    • Have you had any team or group experiences?

    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 score of 6.5 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 admissions@maxthemutt.com.

    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.

    How to Apply

Curriculum

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.

First Term

Beginning Life Drawing 1
Perspective 1
Structural Drawing 1
Design & Composition
Representational Painting 1
Principles of Drawing 1
History of Animation

Second Term

Beginning Life Drawing 2
Perspective 2
Colour Theory & Background Painting
Representational Painting 2
Principles of Drawing 2
Introduction to Concept Art

These are the directions that need to be closely followed because, although we are approved by RBC, we aren’t an OSAPschool. Without following the process they request, your local branch will not find us listed.

ROYAL CREDIT LINE FOR STUDENTS ROYAL BANK FINANCIAL GROUP QUALIFIED* applicants in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) may apply for a Royal Credit Line for students at the Royal Bank Financial Group – Dundas & Spadina Branch, 500 Dundas Street West, please call:
Customer Assistance Officer @ (416) 974-0458 for an appointment with Jennifer Yu.

For applicants from another RBC branch outside GTA, have your Bank Representative contact Jennifer Yu for further information.

Max The Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design is listed as an approved exception to the Government provided approval list.

Applicants should bring two I.D (e.g. social insurance card, driver’s license, Canadian passport, birth certificate) and also the Letter of Acceptance from Max the Mutt. If you have accounts with Royal Bank, bring the RBC client card.

*Applicants without previous credit history or good credit rating will require a cosigner with satisfactory credit history and income. The co-signer also has to bring two I.D. to the branch.

Max The Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design is listed as an approved exception to the Government provided approval list.

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Concept Art Diploma How to Apply

How to Apply

Program Details

Duration

4 Year Diploma Program

Tuition

Year 1 - $10,850 ($13,600 International) – includes portfolio review fee

Year 2 - $11,850 ($13,600 International)

Year 3 - $11,850 ($13,600 International)

Year 4 - $11,850 ($13,600 International)

Instructors:

Campus

2944 Danforth Avenue

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4C 1M5

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Need to Knows

This is a FOUR YEAR DIPLOMA, the first year of which is primarily Visual Arts Literacy (VAL). For direct entry into year two or three, students may apply for advanced standing. To qualify for advanced standing, into any year, students must submit portfolios demonstrating skills equivalent to those developed in the year or years preceding the year they are applying for.

How to Apply