I am not sure about the contents of Max the Mutt Visual Arts Literacy, which used to be a common first year for all programs. I know things have changed, while the info on the homepage of the school is no longer up-to-date. I suggest you ask the school for details.
However, from what I gather from the APW pages, their program is very much geared towards drawing, while the first year of Max the Mutt also includes painting and colour theory, among other things. Also, APW seems to be aiming at getting you into Sheridan Animation Program, which has different portfolio requirements than Max the Mutt.
From what I have seen from APW, it definitely will not hurt you, I just don't think it is equivalent to Max the Mutt year one.
If the Visual Literacy Program at Max the Mutt is a general first year art program or like an art fundamentals program, then I can definitively say that we aren't like that..so if that's what you need to take to get the scholarship for their program than your best to take it or something like it that has the variety of art courses that generalist programs tend to offer.....
I know nothing about the VAL program so I honestly can't say anything about it.
With regards to eezaque's comments, I would have to say that I agree with what he has said about the Workshop, accept that we don't aim to get students into the Sheridan program...we aim to get them into whatever the school of their choice is when they come to us for help.
Now it does just so happen that the majority of students that come to us want to go into Sheridan Animation, so we accommodate their wishes.
But basically, we deal with preparing students for any school that they wish to apply to....