Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design | Vancouver, B.C. | Founded 1925


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Named after the legendary landscape painter of the Pacific Northwest, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is more than a world-class centre for fine arts education. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art, media art and design, and each concentration aims for a healthy mix of in-studio learning and theory. “Emily Carr is not like most universities,” says president Ron Burnett. “We get to know each other as individual artists and creators.” In keeping with the school’s vision, the campus houses research centres in health design and interactive and social media, and is one of the few institutions in Canada with full stereoscopic 3D film and animation equipment, and a focus on virtual reality. In third year, students can go abroad to study at one of 70 art and design institutes, including the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 1980, the main campus has sat among the galleries and craft shops of downtown Vancouver’s Granville Island, not far from the Vancouver Art Gallery and Stanley Park, but in 2015 construction began on a new campus in Vancouver’s industrial east end. In fall 2017, classes open in the $134-million, 285,000-sq.-foot Great Northern Way campus in False Creek Flats. ECUAD’s spacious new home, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will encourage new and innovative ways of thinking and creating.

Standout Programs

Illustration: This program is rooted in the spirit of cultural inquiry; students explore varied technical approaches and a broad range of pictorial strategies, including drawing, painting and printmaking, as well as learning to push the boundaries of contemporary illustration.

Interaction Design: From websites to physical devices, interaction design is everywhere. This bachelor of design program prepares students to create processes and systems for everyday life.

New Media + Sound Arts: Master the conceptual and practical skills for producing creative, innovative and experimental new-media research and projects, examining how art and technology can contribute to positive social change.

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Cool Courses

  Leaning into Quantum Fields: This interdisciplinary studio course brings students together with physicists at TRIUMF, a particle and nuclear physics lab, to consider the nature of reality. Students develop a series of works beginning with a physics concept.

LandMarks 2017:Runs as part of a collaborative art project for Canada’s 150th year; students explore themes related to environmental and climatic crises, the legacies of colonialism and the relationship between nationhood and cultural identity.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Arts: 67% (plus portfolio) $4,943 Undergraduates:1,804
Graduates: 69
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