Core Values

  • Make.

    Be who you are.

    The Emily Carr experience engages authenticity and connectivity. Our passion and dedication attract like-minded individuals and groups, fused by a shared and genuine commitment to interdisciplinary education, research, collaboration and excellence in visual arts, media arts and design. By placing students at the centre of our mission and vision, we commit to ensure that our degrees, programs and projects are relevant, agile and responsive to the changing and diverse needs and interests of both students and society.

    Make something real.

    We believe that education and research in the creative fields is vital for the cultural and economic growth of local and global communities, and encompasses a range of methods including critical and creative inquiry, artistic creation and making, partnership and exhibition. We respect and value diversity, and enhance bridging and accessibility via our aboriginal, international, financial, internal, and external capacity building.

    Create lasting value.

    As a university, we believe that good citizenship includes a strong commitment to sustainability, and we understand that it is through collaboration accountability, transparency and dynamic interaction with industry and community partners that Emily Carr and the community at large will benefit. We strive to create lasting value for culture, community and economy. We do so through the delivery of research that increases quality of life and education that provides an unparalleled platform for a life and a living that is ethical, inspired, instrumental and meaningful.

  • Inspire.

    We believe that creativity will always be our greatest natural resource.

    Therefore, we are committed to providing a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment that inspires students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public alike to gain confidence and agility through creative pursuits and professional training. We strive to foster growth and awareness of contemporary art, media, and design practices and processes, all toward the improvement of our individual and collective qualities of life.

    We are curious about living in a digital universe experienced in the context of a material world.

    At Emily Carr we thrive on this conceptual tension and we experiment, striving to make better sense of it through compelling work for the greater good. The intersection of art, design and media gives us license to explore, building unlimited capacity to forge vibrant social ventures and relationships in service to community, culture and economy. Our curriculum, technologies, research, and ties foster transformational partnerships and real-world opportunities for all of our students.

  • Transform.

    We are wired to make positive change.

    We affirm the importance and centrality of creative practices in all of the arts to our individual and collective positive transformation. We aspire to ensure that programs, courses, research and sources are relevant to the needs and interests of students, business/industry and society. We are committed to providing students and graduates with as many tools as possible to empower them as they study, and as they go into the world to innovate and to develop their careers. We uphold the values of intellectual integrity and professional excellence in areas of specialization. We believe that research and innovation in visual, media and design disciplines is vital for the creative economic growth of local and global communities. We are committed to supporting faculty and students in research endeavours.

    Our University community adds exceptional value to critical inquiry, sustainability, and cultural development.

    Recognized globally for a history of leadership in the creative fields, Emily Carr is now building a state-of-the-art new facility, Canada’s first purpose-built centre for visual arts, design, and media arts education and research. We are activated and engaged by this recognition of our social practice and influence and invite new opportunities for collaboration in the expansion of our reach, contribution, facilities and creative citizenry.

  • Sustain.

    We endeavour to act consciously in all we do.

    We take seriously our social, environmental, economic and political responsibilities and sustainable practices. We are committed to furthering awareness and efforts toward a shared future that is positive and secure.

    • We strive to advocate for and maintain equitable practices in all areas. We believe in the importance of participative and consultative processes that involve the people affected by decision making and consider both individual and group roles and responsibilities. We aspire to create accessibility to our programs for students of varied cultures, geographies, educational needs and financial means.
    • We are committed to furthering environmental awareness and sustainability by embedding relevant exploration, knowledge and practices to our curriculum and strategy.
    • We are committed to sound fiscal management, to contributing value to the creative and knowledge economies through the training of professional and entrepreneurial talent. We strive to advance the interests of our university through transparency, accountability, and mutually beneficial partnerships with community groups, government, and industry alike.
    • We believe that through dynamic interactions with the art, media and design communities, the University, its stakeholder groups, and society at large will benefit. We aspire to play a critical and advisory role within local and national artistic, cultural, academic and professional realms, by engaging as creative citizens in shaping our collective future.
  • Collaborate.

    We strive for mutual success.

    We aspire to an ideal of excellence in the delivery of all our programs and services. Therefore we commit to collaboration, partnership, as well as to cultural diversity and understanding. We encourage, deepen and celebrate local and international relations because engagement and exchange are essential to the growth of strong communities, cultures and economies and endeavour. We endeavour to build lasting relationships with community, industry, educational institutions, and within the creative professions themselves.

    Emily Carr University attracts, retains, and enriches people and organizations empowered by creative thinking to go beyond the status quo.

    Through study, research and practice Emily Carr University develops creative citizens of art, design + media, known throughout the world as exceptional people, problem solvers and leaders, with impressive agility, influence and employability across disciplines, locally and internationally.

Realize your creativity at Emily Carr.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a school of students, teachers, thinkers and makers unlike any other – at once laser-focused and infinite by practice and nature. Established in 1925, we are the only specialized, accredited, public, post-secondary university in British Columbia solely devoted to education and research in the creative sector and its associated knowledge economy. We merge research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment, strengthening our work by the integration of our personal and professional practices. Our strategy, facilities, partnerships and resources are intentionally student-centred to foster dialogue, expression and open connections in support of the next generation of creative and cultural leaders.

Our home base in Vancouver – a young, vibrant city, known for its verve, beauty and unparalleled livability – reflects our core belief: Creativity will always be our greatest natural resource, individually and collectively. Inspired by this belief, our programs offer undergraduate, graduate degrees, and applied research in the fields of visual arts, media arts, and design, as well as professional certificates, pre-university, and lifelong learning in these areas.