Think Tank is dedicated to providing relevant, current, and effective training that will ensure a realistic opportunity for employment.
Think Tank specializes in the latest software, techniques, and technologies in order to cater to the needs of the film, television and video game industries. Our number one priority is to open the door for our students to attain that first job.
Through first rate instructors, curriculum, a state of the art facility, and our one-of-a-kind mentorship program, students will be given every advantage available in order to make a smooth transition from student to trained working professional.
There are many places worldwide to study Computer Animation. We take great pride in offering what we believe is the best program available.
Here are a few reasons why Think Tank Training Centre is different:
- Very Small Class Sizes
Our classrooms are set up for twelve students only. Thus students get a tremendous amount of one-on-one with their instructors and get to know their classmates very well.
- Dedicated Work Stations
Each student is assigned a state-of-the-art workstation that will be theirs for the duration of the semester. Any time they come to school it will be waiting for them.
Students do not have access to one another’s workstations. Students regularly leave IPods, wallets, cameras, and even money on their desks. Theft is unheard of.
- The Very Best Instructors
This industry is constantly changing and evolving. Better and faster techniques are being adopted every month. The only way you can really learn what you need to learn to be competitive is by learning from professionals. At Think Tank we only hire professionals. That means the tips and tricks our instructors use at work, are the same tips and tricks they bring back to the classroom.
- The Best Equipment and Software
Think Tank workstations are outfitted with full HD dual widescreen monitors. We teach the latest industry software. Think Tank has its own “renderfarm”. These days CG workstations need to be robust. Ours can handle anything students can throw at them.
- Personal Mentors
In the final semester 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.
- Continued Support
Once you finish your year with us, if for some reason you don’t get a job, you may stay and continue to study for free with a dedicated station for as long as you want. Nobody else offers that kind of support.
- Job Placement
At this time we have very high placement for our graduate students. Committing to an expensive CG training program is one of the most expensive challenging endeavors you will face your entire life. Do your homework. Ask questions and demand good answers. At Think Tank we want students to leave us “Employed” and happy they made the right choice.
What are the program's credentials?
Think Tank Training Centre Ltd. offers their Diploma Program in 3D Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design. Do I need to know how to draw to get in the program? Drawing is a plus but not at all a prerequisite. In fact we spend a good deal of time teaching drawing and design techniques. Anyone can learn to draw better with a basic understanding of simple drawing principles. That being said, there are many very successful artists working in this field that have very limited drawing skills. Don’t let this hold you back.
Can I start without any knowledge of 3D?
Yes, it’s not necessary to have any prior training. Most people know a little Photoshop or a similar program but it’s not essential. We start with the basics.
When do the semesters start and how long is the course?
The semesters start in early February, early June, and early October. Our program runs for three four-month semesters. Remember, with the “Think Tank Advantage” you can stay indefinitely free of charge after the year is up!
Do you accept international students?
Yes we do accept international students. We have had students from Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, Sweden, Mexico, USA, India, the UK, Israel, South Africa, and many more. You can get a Visa/Study Permit from the Canadian consulate in your home country. You will need an official letter of acceptance from Think Tank in order to apply for the Visa/Study Permit Some countries require a Visa to enter Canada. All countries require a Study Permit to study in Canada. You must have an official letter of acceptance, as well as a passport valid for the full year of study at Think Tank in order to get your Visa/Study Permit.
What software do you use?
We teach Maya, Softimage, Nuke, ZBrush, Mudbox, Mari, Toonboom, Photoshop, and a host of peripheral programs.
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