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 and graduate degrees in fine art, media art and design. Each concentration aims for a healthy mix of in-studio learning and theory. State-of-the-art 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 3-D film and animation equipment and a 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 racks, lockers and shower facilities are available for students on campus. Last year, ECUAD launched the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, 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. “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, including Germany’s Universität der Künste Berlin.

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Standout Programs
•Interaction Design: Prepares students to create innovative design solutions for everyday life. Students learn critical components of the creative design process along with communication and industrial design.
•Film and Screen Arts: A hands-on program that explores film in a variety of media; covers the processes and practices of both historical analogue and contemporary digital media technologies.
•Illustration: 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.

Cool Courses
•Interactive + Social Media Art: Students examine the conceptual, aesthetic and technical elements of interactive imagery, locative sound, interactive mapping, online narrative and video, and social media.
•Multilingual Writing: No matter your level of fluency, this course investigates the cultural and technical approaches to writing across different languages.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 67%, plus portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,445 · Part-time: 366
Graduates: Full-time: 68 · Part-time: 1
International Students: First-year: 29% · Graduate: 57%
Male-Female Ratio
27 to 73
Not offered

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