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Animation Career Review

For over eighteen years, Animation Portfolio Workshop has helped hundreds of students get into animation school. Founded in 1999 by two highly skilled, experienced artists Gerard Sternik and Vince Peets, the Animation Portfolio Workshop is a social yet disciplined environment for budding animators to cultivate proper technique and learn how to measure their progress. “Our program is laser-focused,” said Sternik. “It can be compared to an essential, no-fat diet, designed to whip each student’s artistic chops into shape and prepare them for the next phase of artistic life.” Perhaps most unique about the APW is that over the years many APW graduates have returned to the workshop to become teachers and tutors—mentors to students about to set their goals and meet the challenges of animation school.  
A successful animation portfolio requires a demonstration of skill in observational drawing and illustrative drawingor what is referred to in APW curriculum as Life Drawing for Animation and Drawing for Animation.

Animation Portfolio Workshop offers a curriculum that is derived wholly from these two core components of an animation school portfolio. Since its inception in 1999, Animation Portfolio Workshop has maintained a ratio of 10-12 students per instructor/teaching assistant. Students attend classes on weekends (*the Summer Intensive and the Winter Intensive have classes from Monday to Friday over an 8 week period). Each day of classes has three hours of Life Drawing followed by a one hour lunch break, and then three hours of Drawing for Animation.  A typical day of classes would look like this:

10am – 1pm   Life Drawing for Animation

1pm – 2pm   Lunch Break

2pm-5pm Drawing for Animation


Completed portfolios from our program have been used successfully to gain admission to these schools:
  • Sheridan College (Computer Animation, Classical Animation, Illustration)
  • Seneca Animation Arts Centre (Computer and Classical Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects, Illustration)
  • SVA - School of Visual Arts (Animation)
  • Algonquin College (Animation)
  • Capilano University (Animation)
  • Vancouver Film School (Animation)
  • Concordia University (Animation or Film program)
  • Ringling College of Art and Design (Animation)
  • CALArts (Animation)
  • O.C.A.D. - Ontario College of Art and Design (Foundation Year, Advanced Standing)
  • Ryerson (Fashion, Architecture)
  • University of Toronto (Biomedical Communications)
  • University of Waterloo (Urban Planning)