Think Tank Training Centre

Introduction

Founded in 2005, Think Tank Training Centre specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies that cater to the needs of the film, television and video game industries. Think Tank boasts 92% job placement in the CG Industry. In 2015 it was ranked the #1 school in Canada and #3 in the world for film, TV and game production at the CG Student Awards.

Think Tank provides cutting-edge relevant and effective training in VFX, animation and 3D modelling, and their intensive 12 month full-time diploma program gives students the opportunity to learn about every field before choosing their specialization. Through first-rate instructors and curriculum, a state of the art facility and a one-of-a-kind mentorship program, students are given every advantage available to make a smooth transition in becoming a trained working professional. The full-time program offers small class sizes of only 12 students per semester, extensive hands-on training and dedicated workstations. All the instructors and mentors are respected industry professionals, and the curriculum is continually revised to keep up with the ever-changing trends. As well, students are able to stay on as long as they need to, free of charge, after graduating to polish up their portfolio.

Think Tank is situated in a beautiful heritage building at the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, BC. To help foster creativity, the inside has been converted into a ‘20,000 leagues under the sea’ theme that features a movie theatre, kitchen, lounge, entertainment area and a life drawing/sculpting room. Think Tank is the brainchild of industry veterans, Scott Thompson and Joseph Bullock, who developed, designed and built the facility from the ground up. Their main goal behind starting the school was to offer a unique learning experience that capitalized on the wealth of all the amazing artists and studios situated in the Vancouver area.

Think Tank takes great pride in offering what they believe is the best program available and having what they call the Think Tank Advantage.

The Think Tank Advantage

  • Small Class Sizes

Classrooms are set up for 12 students only. This allows for a tremendous amount of one-on-one time with instructors and fellow classmates.

  • Dedicated Workstations

Each student is assigned a state-of-the-art workstation for the duration of the semester. No one else will be able to access this computer. Students regularly leave iPods, wallets, cameras and even money on their desks. Theft is unheard of.

  • The Very Best Instructors

At Think Tank we only hire professionals. The tips and tricks our instructors use at work, are the same ones they teach in the classroom. New techniques are being adopted constantly in this rapidly changing industry. The only way you can be relevant and competitive is by learning from professionals.

  • The Best Equipment and Software

Think Tank workstations are outfitted with full HD dual widescreen monitors, and we teach the latest industry software. Also, we've created our own robust renderfarm to handle anything thrown at it from the output from of all the CG workstations in the school.

  • Personal Mentors

In the final semester students are assigned personal mentors from local studios. If you want to work on environments for Electronic Arts, we do what we can to hire a lead environment modeler from there to coach you through your demo reel. He/she meets with you each week and critiques, teaches new techniques, and guides you to a successful demo reel.

  • Continued Support

If for some reason you don’t get a job after you finish your year, you may stay on 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 challenging endeavors you will face. Do your homework, ask questions and demand good answers. At Think Tank we want students to leave employed, happy and knowing they made the right choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program's credentials?

We offer a 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 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, June and October. Our program runs for 3 x 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! 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 it.

*Some countries require a visa to enter Canada, and 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

12 Month Full Time - Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design course

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Canada North Vancouver

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Program at Think Tank Training Centre in Toronto Canada is an intensive one-year program that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies to cater to the needs of the current film, television and gaming industries. The program consists of respected industry professionals as instructors teaching current curriculum, a mentorship program, and small class sizes offering extensive hands-on training. The program is divided into three 15 week semesters, with course integration to allow assignments to overlap and support one another. Upon successful completion of the program and demo reel the students will be awarded a diploma in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design. [+]

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design program at Think Tank Training Centre in North Vancouver, Canada is an intensive one-year course that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies, and caters to the needs of the film, television and gaming industries. It consists of respected industry professionals as instructors teaching a current curriculum, a mentorship program, and small class sizes with extensive hands-on training. The program is divided into three 15 week semesters, with course integration to allow assignments to overlap and support one another. A diploma in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design will be awarded upon successful completion of the program requirements and demo reel. Student Testimonials “Think Tank is a special school. I was hired by Bioware after they saw my demo reel, and I ended up beating out a few other senior guys for the position." Shawn Kassian, Bioware (Environment Artist) “Being a student at Think Tank made me feel like I was in an exclusive school for artists seeking to achieve the highest of standards in CG creation.” Adar Bronstein, ICON Creative Studio (Senior 3D Modeling & Texturing Artist) “It was really more of a family than a school. Great, supportive people who were always there to help out if I was having trouble with anything, and were also dedicated to seeing me succeed.” Liam Jones, MPC (Technical Animator) “The school not only cared about my success, but also did everything in their power to make sure I had the tools... [-]

Diploma

12 Month Full Time - Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Diploma

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Canada North Vancouver

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Program at Think Tank Training Centre is an intensive one-year program that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies to cater to the needs of the current film, television and gaming industries. [+]

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design program at Think Tank Training Centre in North Vancouver, Canada is an intensive one-year course that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies, and caters to the needs of the film, television and gaming industries. It consists of respected industry professionals as instructors teaching a current curriculum, a mentorship program, and small class sizes with extensive hands-on training. The program is divided into three 15 week semesters, with course integration to allow assignments to overlap and support one another. A diploma in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design will be awarded upon successful completion of the program requirements and demo reel. Student Testimonials “Think Tank is a special school. I was hired by Bioware after they saw my demo reel, and I ended up beating out a few other senior guys for the position." Shawn Kassian, Bioware (Environment Artist) “Being a student at Think Tank made me feel like I was in an exclusive school for artists seeking to achieve the highest of standards in CG creation.” Adar Bronstein, ICON Creative Studio (Senior 3D Modeling & Texturing Artist) “It was really more of a family than a school. Great, supportive people who were always there to help out if I was having trouble with anything, and were also dedicated to seeing me succeed.” Liam Jones, MPC (Technical Animator) “The school not only cared about my success, but also did everything in their power to make sure I had the tools... [-]

Advanced Diploma

12 Month Full Time - Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Canada North Vancouver

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Program at Think Tank Training Centre is an intensive one-year course that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies, and caters to the needs of the current film, television and gaming industries. [+]

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design program at Think Tank Training Centre in North Vancouver, Canada is an intensive one-year course that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies, and caters to the needs of the film, television and gaming industries. It consists of respected industry professionals as instructors teaching a current curriculum, a mentorship program, and small class sizes with extensive hands-on training. The program is divided into three 15 week semesters, with course integration to allow assignments to overlap and support one another. A diploma in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design will be awarded upon successful completion of the program requirements and demo reel. Student Testimonials “Think Tank is a special school. I was hired by Bioware after they saw my demo reel, and I ended up beating out a few other senior guys for the position." Shawn Kassian, Bioware (Environment Artist) “Being a student at Think Tank made me feel like I was in an exclusive school for artists seeking to achieve the highest of standards in CG creation.” Adar Bronstein, ICON Creative Studio (Senior 3D Modeling & Texturing Artist) “It was really more of a family than a school. Great, supportive people who were always there to help out if I was having trouble with anything, and were also dedicated to seeing me succeed.” Liam Jones, MPC (Technical Animator) “The school not only cared about my success, but also did everything in their power to make sure I had the tools... [-]

Videos

Think Tank Info 2016

Giorgio Lorenzetti - Demo Reel 2016

Jacob Zaguri - Demo Reel 2016

Angus Fung - Hardsurface Modeling Reel 2016

Rafael Malavassi - Character Modeling Reel 2016

TTTC Teaser Reel

Contact

Think Tank Training Centre

Address W Esplanade 107
North Vancouver V7M 1A1, Canada
Website http://www.tttc.ca/
Phone +1 604-990-8265