The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Program at Think Tank Training Centre is an intensive one-year program that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies to cater to the needs of the current film, television and gaming industries.

Duration 12 Months
Course Delivery On campus, North Vancouver
Prerequisites 19 years of age or high school diploma
Portfolio submission and approval
What You Get All materials (i.e. manuals, videos, art supplies, etc)
Intuos 4 Wacom tablet
1TB portable hard drive
32GB Flash Drive
Intakes February, June, October of each year
Tuition Canadian Students Tuition $38,400 CAD
International Students Tuition $50,800 CAD

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Think Tank’s Mentorship, included in the full time program is one of the main reasons our graduates are so successful.  We have opened up our 1: 1 mentorship to artists with previous training so they can brush up on their skills and join our full time students in the development of viable body of work to get them a job.  Students have the same access to all of our courses and are able to take advantage of a custom curriculum similar to our full time students.

Duration 4 Months
Course Delivery On campus, North Vancouver
Prerequisites 19 years of age or high school diploma
Portfolio submission and approval
What You Get All materials (i.e. manuals, videos, art supplies, etc)
Intuos 4 Wacom tablet
1TB portable hard drive
32GB Flash Drive
Intakes February, June, October of each year
Tuition Canadian Students Tuition $12,500 CAD
International Students Tuition $16,500 CAD

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Think Tank Online has the same quality of our in-person classes. With that in mind, there are couple of reasons we have decided to offer our program online. Our in person school gets sold out pretty fast and for many they have to stay in waitlist, which is not always a bad thing but the sooner you start the sooner you could get your dream job. With Think Tank Online we are also giving a chance to those great talents who can’t afford traveling halfway around the world to Vancouver attending our in person school. At the comfort of your home now you can attend classes which are going to be delivered live with interactive feedback sessions.

Duration 16 Months
Course Delivery Online, Worldwide
Prerequisites 18 years of age or high school diploma
Term 1: A computer, a webcam and headset
Term 2: Term 1 Completed
What You Get Live weekly classes
Class group size of 5-8 students
Supervised production of professional grade projects
Full-time support system via industry professionals
State-of-the-art learning portal
Intakes February, June, October of each year
Tuition Asset Creation $13,680 CAD
Character Animation $13,680 CAD

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What’s the English Proficiency Requirement?

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.

What if I have no examples of my work?

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 should I include in my portfolio for submission?

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!

Do I need a Visa to study in Canada? If so, how do I obtain one?

International students will receive further instructions once they are accepted and they pay their seat deposit. We will prepare an official letter of acceptance that they take to the Canadian Consulate to apply for their Canada Visa and their Canada Study Permit.  International students will also need a passport that is valid for the full term of study.

Learn More Here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study

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