President's Office

  • President's Message

    Welcome to Emily Carr

    Emily Carr University of Art + Design was founded in 1925 and is one of British Columbia’s oldest post-secondary institutions and one of the world's leading arts institutions.

    If you are interested in the creative sector, studio practice, cultural industries and research and scholarly activity, then Emily Carr University is the place for you. Our Intersections Digital Studios are the home of Research at Emily Carr. They include Centres, Studios and Canada Research Chairs that support a wide range of applied research, social, interactive and design projects. Our Stereoscopic 3D Centre is among the most advanced in Canada and our Health Design Lab is working with leading partners in the health care industry. Our technical facilities for graduate and undergraduate learning are state-of-the-art. Our certificate and part-time studies offer quality lifelong learning in the creative disciplines.

    We are currently building a new campus for Emily Carr at Great Northern Way. This new campus will be at the centre of a new social, cultural, education, entertainment and economic engine for British Columbia. The new campus recognizes the vital role that Emily Carr plays in the creative economy and the importance of post-secondary education in the arts, media and design.

    The purpose of education and learning in the arts is to enhance our quality of life and to add value to our culture and economy. The arts contribute to the development of society at all levels. This recognition of the purpose of higher education in the development of our people, our society, and our economy is central to our vision. We encourage and enable all students to achieve the highest intellectual and creative potential and to achieve beyond their expectations. We have created a culture which demands disciplined thinking, academic rigour, supports curiosity, challenges existing ideas and helps to generate new ones. A recent fifteen year survey of our graduates demonstrated that over 92% are fully employed and of that group over 30% have started their own businesses.

    Emily Carr University stimulates its students to develop new and innovative ways of thinking and creating. At the same time, we invite students to prepare themselves for life after school. Our curriculum is flexible, personal, multi-disciplinary and based on the learning needs of students. Emily Carr University is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that is professional, practice-oriented and at the same time rooted in history and critical theory.

    Our alumni and faculty are among the most influential and important artists, designers and media practitioners working in their respective fields. Most of our professors are practicing artists and/or scholars and aside from their work at Emily Carr, they participate in and advocate for the arts locally and internationally. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees in visual arts, media arts and design offer a careful balance of studio and academic programming.

    Students bring experience, vision, energy, discipline and commitment to Emily Carr and this is balanced by what the University offers in quality, breadth, vision and choice. Students who come to Emily Carr will find themselves working in studios, classrooms, the concourse gallery, interning with community groups or at a local company. Our co-op program is one of the most active in British Columbia and we have extensive connections throughout the community.

    Emily Carr is an international institution, with students coming from over 60 countries, and exchanges in place with most major art schools and universities around the world. I invite you to explore this website and our view book, and to discover for yourself why we are known as one of Canada's and British Columbia's most important and prestigious art institutions.

    - Dr. Ron Burnett, C.M., O.B.C., Chevalier, RCA

  • Biography + Links

    Biography + Links

    Dr. Ron Burnett, C.M., O.B.C., Chevalier, RCA
    President + Vice-Chancellor

    website | @ronburnett | LinkedIn

    Dr. Ron Burnett has been President + Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 1996. In 2013, Dr. Burnett received the Order of Canada, and in 2015 he received the Order of British Columbia. He was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010,and received the International Digital Media and Arts Association Outstanding Leadership Award. He received his BA, MA and PhD from McGill University in the areas of media arts, communications and cultural studies. He began his career as a post-secondary professor and administrator at Vanier College in Montreal where he founded the Creative Arts Department. He went on to work at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and then became the Director of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University.

    In a career spanning forty years, Dr. Burnett has published three books, over 150 articles, book chapters and reviews as well as two monographs. Internationally known for his work in media and distance education, he served on an “eminent persons panel” at UNESCO in Paris to advise on the development of Internet resources for the Third World. He is a member of the Learning Development Institute Board, the Executive Committee and Board of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the BCNET Board, and is former Board Chair of the Knowledge Network.

    In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Media in honour of his significant contributions and achievements and in 2002 he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and Canadians. He was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2003 and was voted Educator of the Year by the Canadian New Media Association in 2005. Dr. Burnett is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Film and Video at York University, Toronto, he is the William Evans Fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and is a Burda Scholar at Ben Gurion University, Israel.

2016 President's Report