Think Tank’s mentorship is designed to help artists that have previous training and/or experience brush up on their skills and produce a viable demo reel.
Each student is assigned a personal, state-of-the-art workstation. During your time on campus, you will have access to 4-months of guidance from an industry professional to create and polish your demo reel. This is followed by an additional 4-months of unguided facility access (as an Alumni) if needed; in order to finish your portfolio reel and to job hunt. Following your first “Alumni” term, you are able to stay an additional 4-months (at our discretion, mostly depending on available space) should you need the extra time.
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 modeller to coach you through your demo reel. He/she meets with you each week and critiques, coaches new techniques, and generally guides you to a successful demo reel.
Campus Curriculum Access
Mentorship students also have the ability to audit any course offered at Think Tank after the 1st semester should they feel it would be useful for their demo reel.
The Best Equipment and Software
Think Tank workstations are outfitted with full HD dual widescreen monitors and also features its own “render farm” with about 70 workstations that render your work in a fraction of the time. Think Tank offers access to the latest software and works hard on maintaining the most up-to-date industry tools and standards.
Mentees have access to all studio tours who have partnered up with Think Tank.
Think Tank Job Search Network
Committing to a CG training program is one of the most expensive and challenging endeavours you will face your entire life. At Think Tank we want students to leave us “employed” and happy they made the right choice. During your time here, not only will you have access to studio tours but you will also be notified of potential jobs, recruitment and career fairs.
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 recommend you contact us to discuss language requirements.
- 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.
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