Nothing complicated, but there are only 12 spots available per term. Only the best of the best would get accepted, and we get sold out pretty fast. We have found this method work really well for our students and instructors and it is one the many reasons our placement rate has stayed over 92% year after year. Knowing this, here are a few points to help you in your decision and application process:
1. Do Your Homework
Research as much as you could to make sure you are ready for this essential step of your life. We appreciate students who have researched other schools and ended up at Think Tank because it’s the right choice for them. Talk to instructors, graduates and current students. Don’t always believe what recruiters tell you, as they are often paid by the number of students they recruit.
2. Don’t Be Scared Off Due to the Inability to Draw.
We accept students based on a lot of different qualities. We have trained countless artists over the years, so we know that the best traditional artists don’t always translate to the best artists in this industry. If you’re willing to work hard and do what it takes, you can be successful.
3. Be Conscientious of Your Submitted Portfolio.
Don’t include everything you’ve ever considered “art” since your early childhood. In this industry, you’re judged by the best AND worst work you submit. Carefully choose your pieces and only submit your best work. You only get one chance to make that first impression.
4. Apply Early.
We are often sold out 8 to 12 months in advance; if you can’t wait that long, checkout Think Tank Online. If you know the semester you want to attend, please contact us early. Even if you don’t apply right away, let us know what you’re thinking so we can best accommodate your plans.
5. Get Your Paperwork Started.
If you are a Canadian citizen outside of the lower mainland, you need to look into funding sources and housing options. If you are an international student, please make sure to apply for study permit and sort out your visa situation as soon as possible, so you can avoid any delays and surprises. We’d hate for you to have to give up your seat because you applied for a study permit too late!
For students whose first language is not English, below are the minimum scores required from any one of the following tests in English proficiency.
**We do not require you to go out and take one of these tests. A scheduled interview through Skype, in person, or phone with Scott Thompson or Joseph Bullock to prove your English proficiency will also be considered acceptable.**
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-G 2014) is a Canadian English language test for immigration to Canada, Canadian citizenship, and for admission to Canadian universities and colleges. Acceptable level: 6 (for tests taken after April 2014)
- Equivalent Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB): Score of 6
- Canadian Academic English Language assessment (CAEL): Overall score of 60
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 75 Internet-based, 210 computer based, or 520 paper based.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): overall score of 6, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section, or proof of completion of a secondary school or post-secondary education program in English, in Canada or abroad.
**Tests not included on this list may also be accepted.
If you currently have no examples of your artwork, you might consider taking some time to create a portfolio before you apply. If you feel this is not an option for you at this time, you can also write an essay reflecting your reasons for wanting to explore this exciting medium. Send us a message and we can help you get your portfolio kick-started.
Remember, there is more to computer graphics than fine art… some of the most influential members of the CG community can barely draw a stick-man!
What we’re trying to determine is your level of aptitude. Don’t let your lack of drawing skill stop you from applying. Show us your ideas and creations in another medium. Paint, sculpture, photographs, short films, 2D and 3D images and models. It all counts when it comes to evaluating your portfolio. Include 5 to 10 examples that show us what you can do. Animations in any medium are great.
Drawings, paintings, and photographs should be 8.5″ x 11″ photocopies or scanned jpgs, colour or black and white. Save the planet and send us only a link to your online portfolio or Google Drive. Remember if you send a hard copy it will not be returned!