Think Tank Training Centre World-class VFX training and mentorship by industry professionals Want to find out more Think Tank Training Centre, or need help with your application? Get your free consultation About School Founded in 2005 in Vancouver BC, Think Tank Training Centre specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies used by 3D artists working in the film, television and video game industries. In 2018 we ranked #1 in Canada (#4 worldwide) for Game Development, and #2 in Canada (#3 worldwide) for Visual Effects, and have consistently placed in the top four in previous years. Think Tank's campus is an inspirational place of learning, delivering a one-of-a-kind mentorship program which gives our students the edge as they transition into fully-fledged working professionals. General Info Location: Canada, Online Students: 11-50 Staff: 11-50 Founded: 2005 Type: Private Industries: 3D Animation, Game Design, Immersive Media, Visual Effects Visit Website Facilities VANCOUVER is an amazingly diverse place to live, study work, and play. Besides being consistent in the top 5 world cities for the quality of life, Vancouver is also a mecca of creativity, especially in the CG world. Vancouver is home to more game development companies than any other city in the world. Think Tank Training Centre is located in a beautiful heritage building at the bottom of Lonsdale, just across from the Quay. This makes it a great location for those who have to commute, as the Lonsdale Quay is a central hub for many bus routes, including the seabus, for those coming from downtown. We are also within walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants and shops that our students enjoy regularly. First and second semester students reside in the newer upstairs section of the school. Throughout the upstairs we have created a 20,000 leagues theme to provide a unique and creative space for the students. The ground floor of Think Tank currently is where the third semester and alumni students reside. It is split into three labs; one for the modelers, one for the animators, and the last for the alumni. Staff Think Tank only hires Professional Artists. In an industry where software, tools and pipelines change as quickly as the movies and games we play, the only way we can stay ahead of the curve is to have the best. Our instructors and Mentors work in the local entertainment industry, and bring their proven tools and techniques to the classroom. This ensures our students relevancy, and maximizes their chance at employment. Our instructors might also mentor students in their mentorship term based on the path that they have chosen. Technology Software We teach software like Maya, Nuke, ZBrush, Mudbox, Mari, Flash, Photoshop, Substance Designer, Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer, UV Layout, Unreal 4, TopoGun, and a host of peripheral programs. Hardware Student workstations are equipped with the latest high-spec hardware and are nestled in an artfully reno’d heritage building. All students are provided with materials (i.e. manuals, videos, art supplies, etc), an Intuos 4 Wacom tablet and 1TB portable hard drive. Student Showcase Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork Think Tank Training Centre students produce during their education. Andrea Savchenko I want to make things people have never seen before. Rocky Gabardo Arbigaus My goal is to work with a medium to a large game studio on AA or maybe AAA games. I would love to create games focused on storytelling and art. Nicolò Granese Want to be a 3D character artist, involved in high production projects such as cinematics for videogames or films. Blur Studio is the dream. Trym Roedder Oh boy, there's a lot to learn. Javier Pedreño I really enjoy modeling and sculpting characters. I would love to work making characters for animation movies or video game cinematics View more student portfolios A Recreation of Lara Croftairoamer Baryonyxfravenier Beginning and the Endarchiemaju USMC Lcpl. Patrick - Think Tank Intermediate Projectnicologranese Why is My Pizza Wet? Concept by Bo-Xun Linmarissalyneboehm We're All Mad Hereandreasav Nord Noratlas - Think Tank Advanced Projectnikhilkedige Playdead- Think Tank Foundation Final Projectarashhadavii Steampunk Airship Interiormaryagoncillo Don Quijote - Stories on a biketomassackmann Late Bloomer | Think Thank Online foundation finalheyitsleoj Overgrowntrmrddr Rabari Womandinasalama F1 Racing Droneandy NEONkhaledosama Sunda the Bounty Hunterceliadelago Can you introduce me as Joker?javierpedreno Kangrinboqe Warriorviniciusfavero View more student projects •Liam Jones - Lead Technical Animator, MPC My time at Think Tank was incredible and I’ll never forget it, and I’d recommend it anyone who wants to get into Film/TV/Games. The quality of the instructors was great, and because it’s a smaller school and has smaller class sizes, you get a lot of attention and dedication from the instructors and staff. Everyone wants to see you go places and is thrilled when you do. Networking & Careers Students We have done our best to create a unique and creative space for our students by showcasing artwork of great talents from around the world throughout the school and all classrooms. At Think Tank we encourage relationship building and to start connecting with other students or school staff we have a lounge area where students can enjoy their lunch or have a game or two. There is also a large selection of reading material, including a large stash of comic books for students who need a break from the computer. The life drawing and sculpting room is adjacent to the lounge, where a large collapsible table facilitates the switch between the two different classes. Studios Hiring Following studios hire our graduates: Students are regularly hired by Pixar, Laika, Image Engine, Rainmaker, Vanguard Animation, Midway Games, MPC, Technicolor and Starz Animation Courses 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. One Year Program 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. 4 Month Mentorship Think Tank is constantly improving its services and with that, we are currently making some updates and improvements to our program models to maximize the benefits to you. This process requires a review and approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch. At this time, we ask you to be patient as we focus on this process and making these improvements. We are hoping to have all the work done shortly and will post updated information when that becomes available. Think Tank Online Think Tank Online has the same quality of our in-person classes. With that in mind, there are couple of reasons we have decided to offer our program online. Our in person school gets sold out pretty fast and for many they have to stay in waitlist, which is not always a bad thing but the sooner you start the sooner you could get your dream job. With Think Tank Online we are also giving a chance to those great talents who can’t afford traveling halfway around the world to Vancouver attending our in person school. At the comfort of your home now you can attend classes which are going to be delivered live with interactive feedback sessions.