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. ECUAD is one of the few institutions in Canada with full stereoscopic 3D film and animation equipment. Students may focus on virtual reality. 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. The art apprenticeship network program pairs students with working artists and cultural-sector professionals as paid assistants, while the Student Art Sale offers experience in event planning, sales and commerce. “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.” In third year, students can go abroad to study at one of 70 art and design institutes.

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Standout Programs
Interaction Design: Students are prepared to create innovative design solutions for everyday 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, photography, 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
Métis Art + Culture: An introduction to B.C. Métis art forms. Various materials and techniques are used in modules, including caribou/moose hair tufting, pine needles, spruce roots and birch bark.
Sonic Environments + Objects: Students get skills to incorporate sound into installations and create their own sound-based pieces.

$5,479 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% ·
Engineering: 73%
Student body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,075 · Part-time: 2,110
Graduates: Full-time: 62 · Part-time: 38
International students: First-year: 14.3% ·
Graduate: 16.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing facts
Residence Spaces: 201 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,040 to $10,040 · Single room without meals: $6,040

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