Capilano University’s faculty focuses on teaching rather than research. Many faculty continue to work in their fields and can offer students access to up-to-date, practical instruction and industry connections. Students benefit from more individualized attention from their instructors, with class sizes averaging around 25 students.
The main campus is located at the foot of the North Shore Mountains in North Vancouver, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. A new satellite location on North Van’s waterfront, CapU Lonsdale, offers continuing education classes. A second campus is located in Sechelt, B.C., with regional offerings in the Squamish-Whistler area. Student residences, located off the main campus about 20 minutes away by bike or public transit, provide a mix of shared and single accommodations for 293 students.
Degree programs tend to be career-oriented in areas such as early childhood care and education, music therapy, motion picture arts, tourism, legal studies, communications and jazz, but broader-based programs, such as the bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts in liberal studies, are also available. In addition, Capilano has a handful of post-baccalaureate diplomas and a wide range of certificate and diploma offerings, including a diploma program in costuming for stage and screen that combines motion picture and theatre costuming, preparing students to work in film and television production, as well as theatre, opera and dance. Recently, Capilano developed the Indigenous Digital Accelerator project to provide resources such as technical advice and mentoring to help Indigenous students launch their own businesses, as well as to help existing Indigenous entrepreneurs to expand.
“From the first moment our new students step onto campus, they feel supported and know their education truly matters,” says president Paul Dangerfield. “We are unified in providing exceptional experiences for students and ensuring the well-being of everyone in our campus community.”
A bonus: at $5,255, tuition and fees for undergraduates in associate of arts programs are about 20 per cent less than at Vancouver’s two research-intensive universities.