Free Admission
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall Amphitheatre Lobby)

This free event allows high school students and anyone interested in a career in animation to sit-in on presentations by animation schools from across the country. The event will also include FREE animation screenings and a live animation demonstration.

Gateway to Success: Where to Start
9:00 am - 10:20 am 

How do you properly prepare for a career in animation? Deciding on your school is an important decision, but you must think two steps ahead in order to make the correct move now. What skills do you need to survive and thrive? How do you make the most of your program? What are realistic expectations for life-after-school? A panel of recent and not-so-recent graduates as well as recruiters and production executives speak about the realities of this career path, what they look for in new recruits, what they have learned, and what they would do if they were in your shoes again.

Fran Krauss (Animation Cowboys Inc.), J.J. Sedelmaier (J.J. Sedelmaier Productions), Debra Blanchard (IDT Entertainment), Ricardo Curtis (House of Cool).
Moderated by Tom Knott (Knottserious)

Vancouver Film School
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Joseph Gilland, Scott Lew

VFS offers a proven education for everything you see, hear, and experience in the entertainment industry. We offer one-year programs in Film production, Classical Animation, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Character Animation, Game Design, Digital Design, Sound Design, Makeup Design, Acting and Writing for Film & Television, and Foundation Visual Art & Design. As a results-focused school, we teach the arts through the doing. Students develop direct relationships with the people, industries and ideas shaping these disciplines. By developing original projects you discover the passion and experience needed to become working artists. Graduates go on to work for top companies and elect entrepreneurial routes starting their own studios.

Capiliano College and Emily Carr Institute
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Don Perro (Capiliano College), Craig Simmons (Capiliano College), Heidi Maddess (Emily Carr Institute)

Capilano College is a publicly funded community college, located on the slopes of the coastal mountains in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Affordable tuition, excellent faculty and facilities, and one of the best reputations among Canadian animation schools make the animation programs the first choice of most applicants.

The Bachelor of Media Arts Animation Major at Emily Carr Institute focuses on the development of innovative, well-rounded animation artists working with film, electronic and digital media as well as traditional studio arts. Students select from courses in drawing, 3D computer animation, experimental animation, commercial animation and special effects. The program offers a challenging course of study that encompasses drawing, colour, storytelling, computing and also English literature. cultural studies and written composition. Graduates are equipped to work in animation as it is applied to entertainment, advertising, communication and independent production of fine art film.

Seneca College Animation Arts Centre
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
JoAnn Purcell, Dave Baas

In less than 10 years, Seneca College’s Animation Arts Centre in Toronto has gained a reputation within the animation industry for attracting top-quality professors and students from across Canada. The three-year diploma program provides a solid foundation of traditional animation before students move on to state-of-the-art computers in the final year. The Centre distinguishes itself further with post-graduate certificates that include 3D character animation, special effects and its award-winning 3D gaming program. Among its many successes, the Centre is proud of the Oscar© winning film Ryan which was produced at Seneca and animated by its graduates.

Max the Mutt™
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 
Maria Bravo, Tina Seemann, Li Lia Salcedo

Max The Mutt™ Animation School is one of Toronto's fastest growing private career colleges offering a three-year Diploma Program in Classical Animation Basics and a fourth year Post-Diploma Program in Advanced Animation. Max The Mutt™ has developed a reputation for demanding the Max-imum from its students through small class size with serious individual instruction from some of the industry's top talent. The School admits it is not for everyone. The diploma program's exacting standards, based on Warner Brothers and Disney guidelines, is available to only the most serious students wishing to pursue a professional career in the animation industry. “I heartily endorse Max the Mutt's curriculum! This program offers the kind of background students need to succeed in the animation industry,“ says Kat Fair, former Director of Recruitment, Nickelodeon.

Sheridan College
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm
David Quesnelle, Debbe Shannon

The animation programs at Sheridan are known the world over for the creative excellence of their graduates and faculty. The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation (BAAA) degree provides students with a comprehensive, industry-ready skill set. The Computer Animation, Digital Character Animation and Digital Visual Effects Post-Diploma programs put equal emphasis on the art and craft of animation, and the acquisition of the new technological knowledge sweeping the industry.

Algonquin College
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm 
Neil Hunter, Paul West

Algonquin's three-year animation program provides students with training in both classical and digital animation. Following a common first year of studies, students have the option of pursuing either traditional or digital animation. They learn the skills necessary to work effectively as animators in a variety of settings.