Student Art: Thiago Brandao

3D Portfolio Pre-Production & Production

/Campus/32 Weeks/diploma

Designed to elevate artists with advanced skills in CG, this program is perfect for those with previous education or experience working in the industry. Students specialize in their area of interest, develop a stand-out portfolio, and learn what’s required to step into the creative industry.



Program overview

Taught in person at the Think Tank campus, this program offers small classes, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one mentorship to help advanced students elevate their skills in a portfolio-production pipeline.


Specializing in your area of interest, you’ll create a portfolio that is catered toward a particular career, and often, a specific studio. Guided by your experienced instructors and personal mentor, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of production along with what it takes to find the best fit for you in Film, TV, or Games. 


Joining us in North Vancouver means you’ll learn in the heart of the creative industry. Step into advanced labs, engage with the latest software and hardware, and connect with top studios, recruiters, and well-established artists.

Who it's for

This program is for artists with advanced skills in CG who seek a comprehensive education that places them alongside top studios and industry leaders. Students must be ready to dedicate at least 40-60 hours a week to their studies. Working while studying is not recommended.

Software we'll provide

  • MariMari
  • MayaMaya
  • PhotoshopPhotoshop
  • Substance DesignerSubstance Designer
  • Substance PainterSubstance Painter
  • NukeNuke
  • MarmosetMarmoset
  • Marvelous DesignerMarvelous Designer
  • ZBrushZBrush
  • R3DS WrapR3DS Wrap
  • Unreal EngineUnreal Engine
  • MudboxMudbox
  • UVLayoutUVLayout
  • V-RayV-Ray

Youโ€™ll choose your specialization in Term 1

While developing a broad skillset that enables you to pursue a variety of career paths, this program lets you focus on a unique specialization that will help define you as a CG Artist:

Characters & Creatures for Film
Characters & Creatures for Film
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Characters & Creatures for Games
Characters & Creatures for Games
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Props & Environments for Film
Props & Environments for Film
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Props & Environments for Games
Props & Environments for Games
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Term by term

Term 1

You’ll begin this program by diving right back into where your schooling or experience left off. With help from your Think Tank advisors, you’ll be paired with a personal mentor enabling you to produce complex and detail-oriented work in your selected specialization.

With their assistance, you’ll begin to develop a full-term final project that will serve as a high-quality asset preceding the portfolio production stage to come. Workload and expectations are intense, as pre-production on your portfolio and demo reel start alongside advanced courses.

Courses *
  • / Traditional Sculpting
  • / Advanced Tools
  • / Production Pipeline
  • / Experiential Learning Lab
  • / Final Portfolio Pre-Production
Art by Orion Terry
Student Art: Orion Terry

Term 2

As the foundational piece of the portfolio production process, this mentor-focused term has you making definitive creative decisions on your pieces–such as finalizing shots, completing lighting, rendering, and compositing to produce what will become the final cut.

Alongside the advice of your instructors and mentors, you’ll take lessons focusing on presentation skills, portfolio packaging, career preparation and job search which will provide invaluable direction on preparing resumés and cover letters, as well as industry practices and ethics.

Courses *
  • / Presentation Skills
  • / Portfolio Packaging
  • / Job Search
  • / Production Pipeline
  • / Experiential Learning Lab
  • / Final Portfolio Production
Art by Orion Terry
Student Art: Orion Terry
* Specialization may affect course selection
Why Think Tank?

Personalized Fast-paced Hands-on In person

  • Industry leaders

    Gain real-world insights and invaluable connections from instructors & mentors who are are themselves industry pros.

  • Weekly challenges

    Each week, receive a set of challenges that reflects the problems and scenarios you'll encounter professionally.

  • Collaborative spaces

    From winding down in the lounge to creating in the lab, the Think Tank campus is designed to inspire artistic collaboration.

  • Small classes

    Each class features a max of 12 students. This means less theory, less waiting, more collaboration, and more feedback.

  • Real-world labs

    Relevant software and state-of-the-art work stations allow you to develop your work with the same tools top studios utilize.

  • Leave with results

    Gain the skills, confidence, connections, and portfolio required to make a statement and land that first job.

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Student Art: Guilherme Campos
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