Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Assistance

Max the Mutt offers many options for students who are unable to pay all or part of their tuition due to financial hardship, including a number of scholarships and some bursaries.

Students attending Max the Mutt are not eligible for OSAP, but many find the student line of credit to be a helpful alternative. A student line of credit is similar to OSAP in that you do not have to begin paying back your loan until 6 months after graduation, and interest rates are lower than a regular loan. We can provide support in helping students find an appropriate financial institution. You can learn more about student lines of credit here, or contact studentsupport@maxthemutt.com for more information. 

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are awarded on a review of the student’s portfolio, financial need, and the recommendations of references.

Available Scholarships and Bursaries
  1. Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship (for students entering Year 1)
    Application deadline: April 16, 2020
    Interview date for finalists: To be determined
  2. New Canadian Scholarship (for students entering Year 1)
    Application deadline: April 16, 2020
    Interview date for finalists: To be determined
  3. Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Tuition Aid (for students entering Years 2 or 3)
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
  4. Patricia Rose Christmas Memorial Scholarship (for students entering Year 4)
    Application Deadline: May 14, 2020
  5. Max the Mutt Bursary grants (for students entering Years 2, 3 or 4)
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

We strive to notify all applicants of the results within two weeks of the deadline date.


 

Scholarships For Students Entering Year 1

The Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship

About the Scholarship: This scholarship offers tuition support for an incoming student showing excellence of previous work and character as well as demonstrated financial need, entering the first year of any diploma program at Max the Mutt. It is renewable for Years 2 and 3 if the recipient retains good academic and professional standing. This scholarship is worth up to $10,850 per school year in tuition support.

Sean Michael Stewart was an early supporter of Max the Mutt who believed in the mission of Career Colleges. He was very experienced in the field, and often and freely graciously gave advice and counsel. His untimely passing affected all of us, and we established this scholarship in his memory. The Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship is for a Canadian student entering Year 1.

Deadline to apply: April 16, 2020

Interview date for finalists: To be determined

Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • You must have already been reviewed and accepted into Year 1 of any of our three diploma programs to apply for this scholarship (before the scholarship application deadline).
  • Scholarship criteria is based on excellence of work and character as well as demonstrated financial need.

To Apply:

To apply, please fill out an application form, and submit it along with the following required items to admissionscounselor@maxthemutt.com. Please note that all required items must be submitted electronically via email in one folder, either as a shared Google Drive folder or as a single zipped file. All images must be in JPG or PNG format.

Required Items:

        1. A completed SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
        2. The images from your original portfolio review along with any additional work you believe highlights your strengths (maximum of 6 additional images). Additional work can be digital images, drawings, sketches, paintings, etc. but all images must be submitted electronically in JPG or PNG format.
        3. One character reference letter (must be a different reference from those given for your application).
        4. An essay of no more than 1 page (max 400 words) outlining why you think you demonstrate excellence of work and character, as well as why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
        5. An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses. Please use this template to create your budget.
        6. Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents and/or guardians to show evidence of financial need.

The New Canadians Scholarship

About the Scholarship: Max the Mutt is pleased to offer the New Canadians Scholarship to new Canadians. This scholarship offers tuition support for an incoming student showing excellence of previous work and character as well as demonstrated financial need, entering the first year of any diploma program at Max the Mutt. It is renewable for Years 2 and 3 if the recipient retains good academic and professional standing. This scholarship is worth up to $10,850 per school year in tuition support.

Deadline to apply: April 16, 2020

Interview date for finalists: To be determined

Eligibility:

  • Must have resided in Canada for less than five years, have permanent resident status, or be a citizen.
  • You must have already been reviewed and accepted into Year 1 of any of our three diploma programs to apply for this scholarship (before the scholarship application deadline).
  • Scholarship criteria is based on excellence of work and character as well as demonstrated financial need.

To Apply:

To apply, please fill out an application form, and submit it along with the following required items to admissionscounselor@maxthemutt.com. Please note that all required items must be submitted electronically via email in one folder, either as a shared Google Drive folder or as a single zipped file. All images must be in JPG or PNG format.

Required Items:

        1. A completed SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
        2. The images from your original portfolio review along with any additional work you believe highlights your strengths (maximum of 6 additional images). Additional work can be digital images, drawings, sketches, paintings, etc. but all images must be submitted electronically in JPG or PNG format.
        3. One character reference letter (must be a different reference from those given for your application).
        4. An essay of no more than 1 page (max 400 words) outlining why you think you demonstrate excellence of work and character, as well as why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
        5. An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses. Please use this template to create your budget.
        6. Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents and/or guardians to show evidence of financial need.

Students who successfully complete Stage One of the application process will be asked to do an interview (in person at the College or over Skype) on April 4, 2020.


Scholarships & Bursaries For Students Entering Years 2 or 3

Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Scholarship


About the Scholarship: 
This scholarship offers a number of one-year tuition awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for students entering Years 2 or 3 of a diploma program. The number of awards handed out varies each year depending on the number and strength of applicants.

This scholarship is made possible by the Bradley Mark Johnston Education Foundation. Bradley Mark Johnston was a graduate of Max the Mutt Animation School and a talented artist and animator. He was a kind, generous, compassionate and caring young man who was a loyal and loving son, brother and fiancé. In honour of his unexpected passing, Brad’s family has established this foundation in his memory in remembrance of his generous desire to support aspiring young artists.

The mission of the Bradley Mark Johnston Educational Foundation is to assist deserving, talented young people by granting financial tuition assistance, thus enabling them to further their post-secondary education in Fine Arts and Animation, which they might not otherwise be able to pursue. The Foundation is a Registered Charity, recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency, and tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Foundation by both individuals and companies.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is open to all students (Canadian and International) entering Years 2 or 3.
  • Scholarship criteria is based on excellence of work and character as well as demonstrated financial need.
  • Students must be in good academic standing to apply.
  • All classwork from previous year must be completed and grades submitted before the application deadline.

Please note: If you apply for the Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the Max the Mutt Bursary Grants if you do not get the Scholarship. You do not have to apply twice. 

To Apply:

To apply, please fill out an application form, and submit it along with the following required items to registrar@maxthemutt.com. Please note that all required items must be submitted electronically via email in one folder, either as a shared Google Drive folder or as a single zipped file. All images must be in JPG or PNG format.

Required Items:

      1. A completed SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
      2. An essay of no more than 1 page (max 400 words) outlining why you think you demonstrate excellence of work and character, as well as why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
      3. An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses. Please use this template to create your budget.
      4. Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents and/or guardians to show evidence of financial need.
      5. Your portfolio of work. All images must be in JPG or PNG format. Please include images from your sketchbook (max 5 images) along with the following:

        Illustration and Concept Art students entering Year 2: Portfolio work from any first year courses of your choosing (max 8 submissions).

        Animation students entering Year 2: Submit a demo reel of your animation e.g., animation assignments, personal projects.

        Illustration and Concept Art students entering Year 3:
        A portfolio of work showing what you have achieved in subjects directly related to your major (max 8 submissions). See table for accepted courses.

        Animation students entering Year 3: Submit a demo reel of your animation e.g., animation assignments, 2D computer animation, personal projects.
      6. Two reference letters from instructors. For students entering Year 2, these can be from any instructor at Max the Mutt with whom the student had a class in Year 1. For students entering year 3, at least one of these references should be from a professional teaching a course related to your major. See table for accepted courses.
Accepted Courses for References and Portfolio Work for Students Entering Year 3
Animation Concept Art Illustration
  • Digital Background Painting
  • Introduction to Storyboarding & Film Language 
  • 2D Computer Animation (any course)
  • Storyboarding 1
  • Animation Basics
  • Character Design
  • Layout for Animation
  • Digital Background Painting
  • Introduction to Storyboarding & Film Language 
  • Storyboarding 1
  • Advanced Environment Design & Painting in Photoshop
  • Environment Visualization
  • Layout for Animation
  • Drawing Props & Objects
  • Layout + Inking
  • Constructive Figure Drawing
  • Background, Props & Structures
  • Penciling
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Scripting
  • Cartooning
  • Colouring & Lettering
  • Illustration

 


Scholarship For Students Entering Year 4

Patricia Rose Christmas Memorial Scholarships


About the Scholarship: 
This scholarship offers tuition support for an incoming student showing excellence of work and character as well as demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is awarded to a student entering Year 4 in one of our diploma programs. There is one scholarship given per program in which there are 10 or more full-time students in a graduating class. Scholarships are worth up to $10,350 for Animation students and $9,850 for Concept Art and ISSA students in tuition support.

For the 2020-2021 year, there will be one Patricia Rose Christmas Memorial Scholarship given for students going into Year 4 Animation. Unfortunately, there will be no Scholarship for Concept Art this year. 

Patricia Rose Christmas acted as our Advisor and Publicist when Max the Mutt was in its infancy. She was very generous and supportive. She helped find ways to introduce us to the world, and was enthusiastic about spreading the word to industry and others about the quality of work our students were producing. She had all the qualities we want to emulate: professionalism, generosity of spirit and great courage. In memory of Patricia Rose Christmas, Max the Mutt established the this memorial scholarship.

Deadline to apply: May 14, 2020

Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is open to all students (Canadian and International) in any of our diploma programs entering Year 4 as part of a program cohort of 10 or more full-time students.
  • Scholarship criteria is based on excellence of work and character as well as demonstrated financial need.
  • Students must be in good academic standing to apply.
  • All classwork from previous year must be completed and grades submitted before the application deadline.

To Apply:

To apply, please fill out an application form, and submit it along with the following required items to registrar@maxthemutt.com. Please note that all required items must be submitted electronically via email in one folder, either as a shared Google Drive folder or as a single zipped file. All images must be in JPG or PNG format.

Required Items:

      1. A completed SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
      2. An essay of no more than 1 page (max 400 words) outlining why you think you demonstrate excellence of work and character, as well as why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
      3. An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses. Please use this template to create your budget.
      4. Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents and/or guardians to show evidence of financial need.
      5. A reference from your Program Coordinator.
      6. Your portfolio of work as follows:
        For Animation students: You must include an animation demo-reel but should also include work from your storyboard courses, layout courses, and/or character design. You can also include additional work from related courses such as Drawing for Animation. You can either provide this work in the your application folder, or you can provide a link to a website where we can view the work. If you provide a link to the website, please make sure we know which work we should be looking at.
        For Concept Art students: You must include both final and in progress work for Environment Design, Prop Design and Character Design courses. You can include additional work from other related subjects. You can either provide this work in the your application folder, or you can provide a link to a website where we can view the work. If you provide a link to the website, please make sure we know which work we should be looking at.
      7. One reference from an instructor of a course directly related to your diploma program as follows:
        For Animation students: animation, layout, or storyboarding instructor
        For Concept Art students: environment, character design, or props instructor


PLEASE NOTE:
MTM cannot award Year 4 scholarships in years when we have too few in the graduating group (less than 10 full-time students) as these scholarships are given without an endowment and reflect our commitment to doing our best to support deserving students who are financially challenged.

 


Max the Mutt Bursary Grants

About MTM Bursary Grants: Bursaries are one-year tuition support grants which take into consideration a student’s portfolio work, professionalism and financial need. These grants may range from $1000 to $6000 dollars.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is open to all students (Canadian and International) entering Years 2, 3 or 4.
  • Bursaries are given based on demonstrated financial need. Students must also show excellence of work and character.
  • Students must be in good academic standing to apply.
  • All classwork from previous year must be completed and grades submitted before the application deadline.

Please note: If you apply for the Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the Max the Mutt Bursary Grants if you do not get the Scholarship. You do not have to apply twice. 

To Apply:

To apply, please fill out an application form, and submit it along with the following required items to registrar@maxthemutt.com. Please note that all required items must be submitted electronically via email in one folder, either as a shared Google Drive folder or as a single zipped file. All images must be in JPG or PNG format.

Required Items:

      1. A completed SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
      2. An essay of no more than 1 page (max 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
      3. An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses. Please use this template to create your budget.
      4. Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents and/or guardians to show evidence of financial need.
      5. Your portfolio of work. All images must be in JPG or PNG format. Please include images from your sketchbook (max 5 images) along with the following:

        Illustration and Concept Art students entering Year 2: Portfolio work from any first year courses of your choosing (max 5 submissions).

        Animation students entering Year 2: Submit a demo reel of your animation e.g., animation assignments, personal projects.

        Illustration and Concept Art students entering Year 3:
        A portfolio of work showing what you have achieved in subjects directly related to your major (max 5 submissions). See table for accepted courses.

        Animation students entering Year 3: Submit a demo reel of your animation e.g., animation assignments, 2D computer animation, personal projects.

        Animation students entering Year 4: Submit an animation demo-reel. Also include some work (max 10 images) from your storyboard courses, layout courses, character design and/or Drawing for Animation.

        Concept Art students entering Year 4: Include both final and in progress work for Environment Design, Prop Design and Character Design courses. You can include additional work from other related subjects (max 5 images).
      6. Two reference letters from instructors. For students entering Year 2, these can be from any instructor at Max the Mutt with whom the student had a class in Year 1. For students entering year 3, at least one of these references should be from a professional teaching a course related to your major. See table for accepted courses.
Accepted Courses for References and Portfolio Work for Students Entering Year 3
Animation Concept Art Illustration
  • Digital Background Painting
  • Introduction to Storyboarding & Film Language 
  • 2D Computer Animation (any course)
  • Storyboarding 1
  • Animation Basics
  • Character Design
  • Layout for Animation
  • Digital Background Painting
  • Introduction to Storyboarding & Film Language 
  • Storyboarding 1
  • Advanced Environment Design & Painting in Photoshop
  • Environment Visualization
  • Layout for Animation
  • Drawing Props & Objects
  • Layout + Inking
  • Constructive Figure Drawing
  • Background, Props & Structures
  • Penciling
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Scripting
  • Cartooning
  • Colouring & Lettering
  • Illustration

 

 

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!