4 Month Mentorship Program
Think Tank’s mentorship program is designed to help artists that have previous training, and/or experience, brush up on their skills, produce a viable demo reel, and get a job!
Each student is assigned a personal, state-of-the-art workstation. Our mentorship comes with four months of Mentored study time followed by a guaranteed additional four months of facility access (Alumni) if needed to finish your portfolio reel and job hunt. Following your first “Alumni” semester you are able to stay an additional four months. (at our discretion but it is seldom denied).
Students are assigned personal mentors from local studios. If you want to work on environments for EA, we do what we can to hire someone from EA that works as a lead environment modeler to coach you through your demo reel. He/she meets with you each week and critiques, teaches new techniques, and generally guides you to a successful demo reel.
Mentorship students have the ability to take any course offered at Think Tank after the 1st semester as part of a customized curriculum.
The Best Equipment and Software
Think Tank workstations are outfitted with full HD dual widescreen monitors and we teach the latest industry software. Think Tank has its own “renderfarm” with about 70 workstations that renders your work in a fraction of the time.
Access to all studio tours who have partnered up with Think Tank.
Our mentorship comes with four months of Mentored study time followed by a guaranteed additional four months of facility access (Alumni) if needed to finish your portfolio reel and job hunt. Following your first “Alumni” semester you are able to stay an additional four months. (at our discretion but it is seldom denied).
Think Tank Job Search Network
Committing to an expensive CG training program is one of the most expensive challenging endeavors you will face your entire life. At Think Tank we want students to leave us “Employed” and happy they made the right choice.
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!
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