Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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

Emily Carr University campus

Emily Carr University of Art + Design. (ECUAD)

Emily Carr offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

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, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs. Each concentration aims for a healthy mix of in-studio learning and theory.

Facilities include a motion-capture and visualization lab, digital and cell animation studio, sound mixing studios and a wearables and interactive products studio. ECU is one of the few institutions in Canada with full stereoscopic 3D film and animation equipment. Multiple gallery spaces allow students to curate and exhibit their work, while a 400-seat theatre hosts film screenings, speaker series and other events. The campus, located in False Creek Flats, is on the Central Valley Greenway, a 24-km pedestrian and cyclist route. Bike lockups, showers and locker facilities are available on campus.

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship is an innovative hub that gives students the guidance and resources they need to launch a variety of projects, from companies and products to curatorial initiatives and events. It’s one of several research labs on campus that allow students to assist and contribute to leading-edge art and design research. “Students who choose to make art, design and digital media the focus of their education bring a crucial set of skills and experience to solving problems, challenging dominant ways of thinking and fostering innovation,” says president Gillian Siddall. “They have an entrepreneurial spirit in their engagement with their communities and with the world.”

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Standout Programs
Interaction Design: Students are prepared to create innovative design solutions for daily life. Students learn critical components of creative design along with communication and industrial design.
Visual Art: The program, which emphasizes a studio-like environment, concentrates on ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, performance, print media and sculpture.
2D + Experimental Animation: Students explore animation principles, design, character development, story and production techniques. Students create two major film projects in both third and fourth year.

Cool Courses
Aboriginal Stories + Storytelling: Explore the interplay of community voice and individual experience through the storytelling of Indigenous artists across a variety of media.
Ecological Perspectives in Design: Students build a strong understanding of sustainable design by examining real-world problems in areas of social justice, accessibility, technology and the environment.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 67%, plus portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,439 · Part-time: 315
Graduates: Full-time: 103 · Part-time: 4
International Students: First-year: 30% · Graduate: 48%
Male-Female Ratio: 26 to 74
Housing Facts
Residence: Not offered

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