Why CG Masters?
100% of our focus is on giving you skills you need to work in industry immediately upon graduation. Learn why 100% of our graduates get careers in the film & TV animation & VFX industries.
1. WE PROVIDE TRAINING, NOT JUST COURSES
The fundamental difference between this professional training centre and other “schools” is that “schools” sell you courses. What you do with those courses is entirely up to you. You will write “tests” or complete “assignments” which are both a theoretical display of your skills or knowledge. At the end, they give you a “grade” with which they pass judgement on your performance. The grade doesn’t really tell you much, other than whether or not you will get your diploma. It’s not their problem if you fail or get a poor grade.
At CG Masters, on the other hand, you purchase training. What you do with your courses is up to us. In other words, we are obliged to give you the training you purchased. So when you graduate, you are trained. You have proven to your instructors that you actually have the skills you signed up to acquire. You prove it by using those skills in real production scenarios under the direction of numerous real industry animation and VFX specialists. If you complete a task and your instructor decides it’s not up to professional standards, we don’t fail you. We train you some more! It’s so simple it’s almost ridiculous.
2. A TRAINING PROGRAM DESIGNED BY INDUSTRY, FOR INDUSTRY
CG Masters exists because our founders realized while recruiting digital artists for industry that academic training programs just don’t provide real job skills. A training program was desperately needed that viewed the training problem from industry’s point of view. So when we set out to develop this training program, we took a hard look at the most successful methods employed at big studios to train junior artists and TDs. We adapted those methods to apply to new trainees. The results have been spectacular. To date, every single graduate has found work. That is not a promise of employment, but it is a pretty strong argument in favor of this new training style.
3. WORLD-CLASS, PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION from MANY INDUSTRY MASTERS
We have a current faculty and advisory board of 18 world-class Industry Masters and growing, each one dedicated to developing your skills to a professional level. It is easily one of the most impressive collections of industry experience in the world. All our CG Masters (most top specialists in their respective fields) have been working in the film, television, animation and/or gaming industries for a decade or more. No recent graduates or out-of-work digital media artists teach any of our classes. These are carefully screened, hand-picked, elite instructors. They are battle-hardened professionals. Each one is an experienced trainer, and because your class is small, they have the time to give you plenty of one-on-one mentorship, just what you need to excel. All of them are passionate about their work. All of them want you to know what they know:That this is just about the coolest job on earth.
4. PROFESSIONAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT
We believe in creating a production environment as close to reality as possible. No shooting in HD resolution with DSLR cameras like many schools. Experience the power and complexity of pro photography equipment suitable for 4K feature films. CG Masters has among it’s equipment a BlackMagic Design Production Camera 4K, a Backboned Hero4 Black, a pro Tilta camera rig, carbon-fiber tripod, steadicam, pro monitors and lighting gear for shooting student projects. Check out our gear HERE.
5. GREAT TUITION
Let’s be clear: $40,000 to $80,000 is way, WAY too much to pay for a year of training in this field. We are significantly less expensive than the average career college or private training institute. A nearby university charges about $9500 per term over four terms (which includes a bunch of needless academic courses) That’s nearly $40K. So don’t let public universities tell you they’re less expensive. Some schools charge more for international students. Not us.
Three high school graduates each year will receive a $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP*
Candidates must meet all the other admission requirements. Contact us using the form below for information on how to qualify. Scholarship application deadline is in May each year.
*CG Masters reserves the right to change scholarships at any time without notice.
7. MORE SCHOLARSHIPS!
Excellence Scholarship. Because we seek out the very best candidates, this incentive scholarship is designed to attract the best of the best. If you can show us exceptional aesthetic or technical skills in addition to serious motivation and commitment, you’ll be evaluated for an Excellence Scholarship, valued at up to $2,500. We’ll train any candidate who can demonstrate serious commitment, but we seek out the very best candidates for our precious training time.
8. SMALL CLASS SIZES
Large classes are bad. Students learning job skills need plenty of one-on-one time with their mentors. You just can’t get that in the huge classes you’ll find at most of the big private schools and public universities. You see, enrolling in a class with 25 to 35 (or more) other students nullifies the advantage of having an industry pro teach you because you will get almost no one-on-one time. It becomes an information dump, little more. If you can’t get personal mentorship then why not just watch a video on Youtube?
So you actually get the benefit of the world-class professional CG artists instructing you, we keep our class sizes among the smallest in the industry. A full class is only 12 students.
At CG Masters we deliberately keep the class size small enough to be sure you get plenty of personal expertise and contextually relevant mentorship from your Industry Masters.<
9. INDUSTRY STANDARD HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
As professional artists and T.D.s ourselves, we deeply understand the need to be working with powerful, reliable and current technology. We insist on these same standards in our training centre.
10. A FULL, INTENSIVE YEAR INCLUDING 8 MONTHS OF PRACTICAL TEAM TRAINING
Nothing teaches you to make great pictures like…well…making great pictures under the guidance of masters. You’ll work under professional supervisors, receive guidance and mentorship and have experiences during your production time that you just wouldn’t normally find at a regular film school, college or university. Find out what it’s like to work in a real studio environment, how important it is to deliver excellence, work with precision and communicate with your team and become part of something greater than yourself. No other school anywhere offers this much practical experience.
11. WE ARE OUT OF THE DOWNTOWN CORE
…and this is a Very Good Thing. Located right on the New Westminster skytrain platform at the Shops at New West Station, we are easily the most accessible school around yet much closer to most of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley than smelly downtown. In fact, New Westminster is the geographic centre of the lower mainland. If you are moving here to study, you will find New Westminster far less expensive to live than downtown. Easier to get here, easier to live here. And less stinky.
12. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
CG Masters is now collaborating with numerous studios, large and small, to provide graduates with practicum, internship and employment opportunities upon graduation. This is only one of the many potential opportunities that have come unbidden to CG Masters. The Industry has spoken and it says it likes our training program. Studios email us asking when the next batch of graduates will be available. They understand that our professional training approach is a no-brainer.
13. YOUR OWN WORKSTATION
At other schools, you have to share a workstation with other students or you’ll move each term. At CG Masters, we think it is important to have a workspace of your own to set up, customize and feel at home for the full year just like in a real studio job. Fill it with toys or pictures. Or fill it with feathers and sparkles, we don’t care, as long as you keep the sparkles out of the keyboard.
14. MENTORSHIP AS LONG AS YOU NEED IT.
Skills and a great demo reel are the key to landing that first job or internship interview. This is as important to us as it is to you, after all, our reputation depends upon your success. If you get to the end of our program and feel you need additional mentorship, we are there for you. If you get to the end of training and we feel you’re not ready, we’ll keep training you. Personal reviews, advice, help and tips go on as long as you want them to. Need a workstation to finish off some demo reel work? The door is always open.
15. A FULL, INTENSE 12 MONTHS OF TRAINING – SAME AS TWO YEARS AT UNIVERSITY
Some schools try to deliver training in less than a year. Much less in some cases. At public college and university a “year” is about 30 weeks. As industry professionals, digital artists and supervisors with decades of collective experience, we just don’t see how good training can happen that way. We have had several inquiries to do shorter programs, but we don’t think we could keep our promise to provide you awesome training. CG Masters training is 48 weeks long including 1 week breaks between terms. This makes it the longest, toughest, most extensive and advanced one-year training program around. You can compare us to a two-year University program like this: Take two years of university (4 terms) and take away all of the non-essential, unrelated courses, like language and social sciences requirements, communication courses, breadth requirements and so forth, these make up about 25% of your course load. Once that stuff is all gone you only have three terms of training left. Instead of taking a summer break, we do all three terms back to back. Now there you have it; two years of training in one intensive year, no nonsense, and less expensive than university.
If you are looking for the best 3D animation school or visual effects school, we know you have a choice. There are thousands of public and private institutes offering courses in this field. Very few of them actually teach job skills to a professional level, but many of them will give you at least the basics. How do you know which to choose? It is not easy.
Next Training Session Starts May 01, 2017