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 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, interactive and social media, and is one of two institutions in Canada with full stereoscopic 3D film and animation equipment. In third year, students can go abroad to study at one of 60 art and design institutes, including the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. The main campus sits among the galleries and craft shops of downtown Vancouver’s Granville Island, not far from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street and Stanley Park. Last year, Emily Carr celebrated its 90th anniversary and began construction of a new campus in Vancouver’s industrial east end. The school will move to its $134-million Great Northern Way location in False Creek Flats in 2017 and hopes the nearly 300,000-sq.-foot campus will encourage new and innovative ways of thinking and creating.

Standout Programs

Illustration: This program gives students a range of technical skills and the know-how to navigate contemporary art exhibition venues and a career in print media. Focus includes learning how to work with clients.

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.

Animation: Including 2D, 3D and interactive animation, the program has specialized streams that include experimental animation and motion graphics.

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Cool Courses

The Book as Object: This course seeks to expand students’ ideas about the book as an expressive medium. It discusses intermediate bookmaking techniques and provides a forum to discuss the role of the book in today’s culture.

Design for Motion: Study the concepts of motion in design and our perception of velocity, time-lapse, juxtaposition, change, and visual illusion. The course culminates in projects made in Adobe After Effects.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Arts: 67% (plus portfolio) $4,842 Full-time: 1,495
Part-time: 454
Not offered

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