General

Why take the Animation Portfolio Workshop?
To get into animation school you need to submit a portfolio of your drawings.  For a prospective animation student the drawing skills you will need are very specific.  APW has designed and developed two courses in a workshop setting that cover exactly what students need to know in order to get into animation school and meet the challenges of learning animation.
Do I need to show my drawings to someone in order to get in to APW?
No, we are all about starting at the beginning and building up a solid understanding of drawing fundamentals.  Anyone who is interested can register for APW.
Is APW an animation school?
At APW we do not teach animation.  Our focus is on teaching a solid understanding of the fundamentals of observational drawing.  Our goal is to enable each student to put together a strong entrance animation portfolio and be prepared for the challenges of animation school.
How long is a session of classes?
Each APW session has 38 days of classes.  *Classes take place on the weekend.  Each day of classes has one 3 hour Life Drawing class followed by 1 hour lunch followed by one 3 hour Drawing for Animation class.  *The APW Summer Intensive and the APW Winter Intensive have classes from Monday to Friday over a period of 8 weeks.
Why do classes end in late February?
Late February and early March tend to be when the top animation schools have their portfolio deadlines.  Since the final portfolio reviews at the end of our workshop coincide with the deadlines for portfolio submission, APW students receive guidance and input from their instructors and from APW directors when they submit their portfolios.
Why learn drawing? Isn't most animation done with computers?
As a standard part of the application process, all of the top animation schools like Sheridan, Seneca, CalArts, Ringling, SVA (School of Visual Arts) and many more require each applicant to submit a portfolio of drawings that show a demonstration of skill in Life Drawing, perspective, drawing various objects from daily life, animal drawing, character design, storyboard and more.
How do i register?
Fill out the form for the program you're interested in and we'll contact you to walk you through the rest.
 

APW Summer Intensive

Who can take the APW Summer Intensive?
Canadians, Americans and international students are all eligible.
Do non-Canadian students need a study visa?
Since the APW Summer Intensive is under six months in duration (8 weeks) it is covered by a simple visitors visa. Provided that the course or program of study will be completed within the period of your stay authorized upon entry into Canada.  Plan to receive your visa well in advance of the APW Summer Intensive start date to allow enough time to make adequate travel preparations. Government of Canada Visitor Visa information Processing times for Visitor Visa Applications Check your Eligibility
Does the Summer Intensive have the same number of classes as a normal APW Session?
Just like a normal APW session the Summer Intensive has 38 days of classes.  The classes take place Monday to Friday during 8 weeks in the summer.  Each day of classes has one 3 hour Life Drawing class followed by 1 hour lunch followed by one 3 hour Drawing for Animation class.
Do you arrange housing for students who do not live in Toronto?
We don't.  For people who are looking for housing options we are happy to recommend these agencies. Student Housing in Toronto Toronto Homestay C & M Homestay Agency
Can tuition be paid through paypal?
Yes.  Here's our Online Payment payment page.