Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Established in 1925, and based in Vancouver, BC, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of Canada’s premier post-secondary universities specializing in undergraduate and graduate art, design and media education. It is located on Granville Island in the centre of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In the 1970s Granville Island was converted from an industrial site with shipyards and metalworking shops into a colorful complex of studios, galleries, theatres, shops, and public markets. Emily Carr sits in the middle of these stimulating surroundings. The facilities at Emily Carr make use of the spacious corrugated steel and timber structures of the industrial era by adding vaulted foyer galleries, sky lit studios and vast technical workshops and computer labs. In 1994, the Institute opened a spacious 60,000 square foot addition that houses integrated media, painting and design, as well as the library.

Recently Emily Carr has constructed a five-million dollar, state of the art Intersections Digital Studio (IDS). IDS provides a substantial expansion to ECU’s research and experimental capabilities. A modular building design with projectors, displays and sound equipment, IDS makes possible a flexible environment where students and professionals with specialized knowledge in art, design and technology can collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner. IDS is of significant value to students in the Master of Applied Arts degree and will be opening up new research opportunities for faculty and staff.

At Emily Carr, students from around the world are challenged to explore innovative impulses and take risks with creative skills. The faculty at Emily Carr are working artists and designers who encourage experimentation with every artistic medium, from sculpture and photography to multimedia and industrial design. Emily Carr recognizes that communication these days relies more heavily on visual elements. This shift to visual communication offers many career opportunities for graduates. Earning a degree at Emily Carr involves more than just learning a body of knowledge. Graduates leave the University with critical thinking skills and professional values that they will use in life and in the pursuit of new knowledge throughout their careers.

History

Emily Carr University received a degree-granting authority in 1989 through the Open Learning Agency, and in 1994 was granted authority to offer degrees in our own name: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, General Fine Arts, or Photography; and, Bachelor of Design in Communication Design or Industrial Design. In 1997 we were granted authority to offer Bachelor of Media Arts degrees. In 2006, Emily Carr Institute’s Masters of Applied Arts received its first cohort of students.

In May of 2008, Emily Carr was granted university status and is now Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. One of the University’s roles is to act as an advocate for the arts and reinforce the need for public support. At every opportunity, the University promotes public understanding and appreciation of fine arts, media arts, and design for their significant impact on the well-being of our society.

Over the last 83 years, the University has had an enormous influence on the development and growth of the arts, media, and design in Canada and internationally. Our alumni and faculty are among the most influential and important artists working in their respective fields. Our students go on to careers in a variety of fields, and are regularly accepted into graduate studies in all of the major universities and art institutions in the world.

Academics

Our four-year Undergraduate Degrees in art and design merge critical theory with studio practice.

Our Master of Applied Arts degree is a two-year professional program that prepares students to engage in the expanding fields of design, media and visual arts within the cultural and creative industries.

Emily Carr is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that is professional, practice-oriented and at the same time rooted in history and critical theory. We encourage students to develop new and innovative ways of thinking and creating. Our curriculum is flexible, personal, multidisciplinary and based on the learning needs of students. Students have the opportunity to apply for co-op credits, internships and an exchange program that currently features membership with 75 art and design schools in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Europe. Our faculty are working artists and designers who encourage experimentation within every artistic medium, from sculpture and photography to multimedia and industrial design. Our facilities and resources support student learning and academic programs.

Emily Carr provides an intimate learning environment with a diverse faculty and student body. We welcome students from around the globe, and in recent years, have hosted international students from over 50 countries.

Earning a degree at Emily Carr involves more than just learning a body of knowledge. Graduates leave Emily Carr with critical thinking skills and professional values that they will use in life and in the pursuit of new knowledge throughout their careers. We invite you to browse our website and get to know Emily Carr.


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