This page communicates our continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic for students/parents of students planning on attending sessions of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.

Since we hold our classes in Toronto, Canada we refer to Toronto Public Health every day for the latest information. Please continue to check back regularly for updates as circumstances can change daily.


NEW APW Online

The entire APW team is in full production mode, moving our comprehensive portfolio preparation program online. APW Online will offer students the closest possible experience to attending in person and will deliver exactly the same carefully-honed curriculum we have been teaching for 20 years.

Sessions will be live and interactive, with demonstrations and personal feedback from our instructors. Students will learn how to improve their observational drawing skills through a variety of approaches and will prepare a portfolio of their very best drawings to submit to animation schools in time for 2021 deadlines. There will be 38 six-hour classes over a four-month period, available in two time zones. Each class will be broken down into 2 three-hour sections, with a one-hour break in between them.

Students will receive a list of supplies and resources needed to set up an APW workspace at home. We will walk them through the setup process in an orientation session before classes commence.

APW Online fees will be $4,800.00 (includes HST). Space is limited.

Registration is now open and courses are filling up so click here and sign up today for your spot. Spaces are limited.

For further information please contact Bernadette at [email protected] or 647-960-2611

Launch Date – September 2020

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All APW in-person classes have been moved to 2021/22




I’ve signed up for APW. Are you still open for business?
APW will be delivering our entire, comprehensive program synchronistically in September online. This means that you will have two 7 hour days per week with us in our virtual classroom, with real-time instruction, feedback, demonstrations and full lessons. Your portfolio will be ready for the end of January 2021.
APW has had to make the difficult decision to move all of our in-person classes to 2021/22 with the exception of the Winter Intensive. The WI is able to run because we can practise physical distancing with the 12 student maximum of this group. This may change if there is a second wave and we may have to move this one to next year as well. We will leave it as is until mid- August.

Is it safe in Toronto
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. The current policy across Ontario is social distancing, working from home and 14-day self-quarantine for confirmed or suspected cases, in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Do you have online classes available?
Yes. Online classes will be launched as part of our strategy to continue to offer our regular APW sessions for the 2020/21 term

How have APW Schedules been affected?
Information regarding the class schedules for all APW 2020/21 courses will be regularly updated as circumstances require with respect to the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic situation in Toronto.

Travel Advice
The border between Canada and the U.S. will be temporarily closed to non-essential traffic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, March 18.

Related link – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors-foreign-workers-students.html

For up to date information read the March 17 Statement from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health or read previous statements. Watch the City’s daily media briefings live Monday to Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Schedule Updates
See above

Will online courses be available to anyone?

Do I get a full refund if classes are cancelled due to ongoing restrictions for large gatherings during the COVID pandemic in the summer or fall of 2020?
Yes, in the event that APW has to cancel classes due to the ongoing restrictions around large groups assembling for this purpose you will get a full refund.

You will NOT get a refund if you are sick or if we simply have to move the start date of the classes at our physical location as we will be able to deliver enough of the course content online and the value will be equivalent to the classroom content.

What materials and tech do I need in order to take this course?
Please check the technical requirements click here


We acknowledge that the safety and health of our students, instructors, models and APW team is connected to the safety and health of our city. APW is very grateful for the tireless work on the part of Toronto Public Health.


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