Facts + Figures

Mission Statement

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Design.


Emily Carr's vision is to be a worldwide centre of excellence in art, design and media education and research.

Senior Officers - 2013/14

Chancellor John C. Kerr, C.M., OBC, LL.D
Board Chair Evaleen Jaager Roy
President + Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ronald Burnett, C.M., RCA
Vice President, Finance + Administration Michael Clifford, CA
Vice President, Academic + Provost Dr. David Bogen 

Statistics (2013/14)

Full Time Students: 1,990
International Students (incl. in FT #): 353 from 50 countries
Exchange Students (incl. in FT #): 25 to 10 countries
Continuing Studies Students: 3,508
Faculty (both continuing + sessional): 179
Staff: 103
Administrators (incl. excl. positions): 45 

Campus Facilities

Two buildings located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC: 198,692 sq. ft. (includes Intersections Digital Studio + Aboriginal Gathering Place)

Satellite campuses at 1535 W 3rd Avenue: 8070 sq. ft. | 1706 W 1st Avenue (Mitchell Press Building): 11,499 sq. ft.

What We Do

Emily Carr is a specialized, accredited, public, post-secondary university. We offer undergraduategraduate degrees, and applied research in the fields of art, design and media, as well as professional certificates, pre-university and continuing studies in these areas.

Emily Carr University Today

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Emily Carr is building a state-of-the art campus for 21st century learning at Great Northern Way. The University will be at the centre of a new social, cultural, educational, and economic engine for British Columbia.

A Brief History

Formerly known as the Vancouver School of Applied and Decorative Arts, the institution was established in 1925. In 1978, it was designated a provincial institute before moving to Granville Island in 1980. A second building on Granville Island opened in 1994, and the following year, Emily Carr was granted authority to offer bachelor degrees and honorary degrees. In 2001, Finning International donated a parcel of land to Emily Carr, SFU, UBC and BCIT, in what is now known as the Great Northern Way Campus. In 2005, Emily Carr and North Island College launched a pilot project allowing students to earn a Fine Arts Diploma at NIC's Comox Valley Campus. In 2006, Emily Carr launched a Master of Applied Arts degree, and opened the Intersections Digital Studio, which has significantly expanded the university's research capabilities. In 2007, Emily Carr introduced a joint Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Studio Arts with UNBC. In 2008, the school was granted university status and in 2013, it launched a Master of Design Degree.