For over seventeen 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 drawing, or 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 one day per week for six hours. 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), Algonquin College (Animation), Capilano University (Animation), Vancouver Film School, Concordia University (Animation or Film program) , Ringling College of Art and Design, CALArts, O.C.A.D. (Foundation Year, Advanced Standing), Ryerson Architecture, Biomedical Communications at University of Toronto and University of Waterloo Urban Planning.

[Via Animation Portfolio Workshop]


School Info
Type: On-site
Program(s): Part-time
Medium(s) Taught: Drawing, Animation, 2D
Instructor(s): Various
Tuition: $4665 (CAD)
Financial Aid: No


Contact Info
729 Clair Ave St W
Toronto, ON M6C 1B2
Phone: 416.651.3658


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