The Think Tank 12 Month, Full Time Diploma Program

What is Unique about Think Tank’s Diploma Program?
Think Tank only offers One program designed to evolve and cater to any budding artists needs and direction.

Most young artists who want to get into the Computer Graphics industry have no idea where they would like to end up when it comes to a Job position or discipline. Many of our students who think they know where they’d like to specialize end up discovering a new passion, or a discipline they are more drawn to. Our program introduces our students to everything. The beauty of this approach is that our students all end up being generalists, with a focus in one area. We have on many occasions been complimented by the local studios on the well-roundedness of our students.

In an industry that is constantly changing, where roles inevitably overlap and evolve, new artists must be able to keep an open mind and flex their supporting muscles to survive and excel.

During the first semester, each student is trained in all aspects. From Modeling and Animation, to Texturing and Lighting, our first terms students are trained to be well rounded artists in only 4 months.

Because of our size and our positioning in the Vancouver Computer Graphics Scene,  we are agile and able to provide students with the resources and opportunities they require to accomplish their goals. Even if only one student is in need of a certain software package, or specialized instructor, we have the ability to satisfy their needs.

 Term 1

 Term 2

 Term 3

Looking to upgrade?  Review our Mentorship Program

Program Details

12 Months
Course Delivery
On campus, North Vancouver
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
February, June, October of each year
Canadian Students Tuition $38,400 CAD
International Students Tuition $50,800 CAD

Date: One Year Program

All 2022 intakes are now full. If you would like to be waitlisted for any 2022 intakes, please submit an application for us to review. Please indicate which intake you would like to be waitlisted for in the application form.  We have now opened the February 2023 intake for applications.

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 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.


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.

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