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At Think Tank we only accept 12 students per term, and we are always sold out in advance. We choose the 12 best candidates we can find. Our graduate placement rate is over 92%.   Great in, equals great out.  Knowing this, here are a few points to help you in your decision and  application process;


1.  Do your homework.

We like 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 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 coming from out of the country, figure out your study permit and visa situation as soon as possible, so you can avoid any surprises.  We’d hate for you to have to give up your seat because you applied for a study permit too late!  More info here.

Admission Requirements

Portfolio Requirements


English Proficiency

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 telephone, Skype, or in person interview with Scott Thompson or Joseph Bullock will also be considered acceptable.**
 – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-G 2014)  Test taken before or after April 2014 : Level 6 http://celpiptest2014.ca/  is a Canadian English language test for immigration to Canada, Canadian citizenship, and for admission to Canadian universities and colleges.
 – 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 internat 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.