Mission Statement

The College Where Careers BeginTM

Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design provides an environment in which students are encouraged to work hard to achieve their full potential. The college guarantees small class size with serious individual instruction by highly qualified instructors who are working professionals in their fields. We offer 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 cooperatively, 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, or graphic novels. Our mission is to provide the industries we serve with professionals who are ready and able to contribute as entry level employees, and to provide our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence required, not just for their first job, but to build careers.

Industry representatives have told us they are impressed by the uniformly high level of quality in our graduates’ work as well as their professionalism. We assist employers on a regular basis by connecting them both with qualified students and graduates. Our graduates can be found in top companies both in Canada and abroad. 

The Max the Mutt Story

Max the Mutt was founded by artists and animators in 1996. Our goal is, and always has been, to create and maintain a vibrant, ethical community dedicated to passing on skills to upcoming generations, while fostering a sense of community.

We believe in taking our work seriously and encouraging students to keep their joy in creating alive. We believe in an inclusive environment where every student matters. Humility and mutual respect are the first requirements for growth, for a happy, creative, productive college, and a meaningful career. We seek students and faculty who share our vision.

We’ve always cared about being as affordable as possible without compromising the quality of instruction. We offer limited bursaries and scholarships (including funds from the Bradley Mark Johnston Scholarship Foundation) to qualified students,( i.e.) those who have financial need, talent, and a professional attitude and are exploring possibilities for more support.

Our instructors are working professionals, drawn to Max the Mutt by their passion to share their expertise, by the prospect of small classes, motivated students, and an environment that values their input. Our annual curriculum reviews and updates reflect changes in the entertainment industries we serve, and instructors, because they are working professionals, are an invaluable part of this process. We are now in the wonderful position of having some faculty members who are graduates of MTM, successful professionals, happy to return to share their skills with upcoming generations.

Our graduates are working for companies including Pixar, Sony Imageworks, Guru Studio, Yowza Animation, Brown Bag/ 9 Story Media, UbiSoft, ShadowMachine, Warner Brothers Games, Corus/ Nelvana, the National Film Board/NFB and many others.

Please Note:
Max the Mutt is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005  with the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.  Our Registration number is: 101408  Since we do not administer OSAP, we do not have a corresponding four-digit code. ESDC no longer lists registered PCCs online, however this letter confirms our registration

 If you wish to verify this information yourself you can do so by accessing this link:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/search-private-career-college-ontario

Updates re: COVID-19

Last updated Monday, March 23, 7:00PM

Our top priority is to ensure students can finish the year and that they are still getting a proper and excellent learning experience, while also making sure everyone is safe and healthy. 

At this time, we will be moving all diploma courses to an online format for the remainder of the school year. We are working carefully with instructors as we develop a course-by-course plan to ensure students do not miss out on any learning, while also ensuring we do not place any undue burden on our instructors. 

While we are operating online, our physical location and office are temporarily closed.  Please email us at  info@maxthemutt.com for any inquiries. 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates here as we get them as well as sending emails to all students and instructors.

We will be moving our Portfolio Reviews and Tours to online-only. 

All planned events, talks, workshops, classes, etc. will not be taking place at the school. We are working hard to have as many things moved online that we can. Keep checking back for updates!