Students are expected to attend 85% of each class in this program in order to pass each course
and successfully complete the program. Failure to attend 85% can lead to the instructor giving the
student a failing grade. Unforeseen absences, such as illness or emergency, must be relayed to
the instructor(s) by email as soon as possible in order to be excused and therefore not affect the
attendance record of the student. Students must arrive on time to class; chronic lateness will be
considered equivalent to unexcused absence from a course. Lateness and unexcused absences
will both impact your grades in the program, as described on course outlines.
Extended absences that fall outside of the normal policies must be brought to the attention of the
Program Advisor, with final approval from the Executive Director, Continuing Studies.
In the event of an instructor absence, students will be notified by email as soon as possible, and
will make arrangements to make up the class time with the instructor at the following class
Interaction Design Essentials is a laptop-based program and students are expected to provide their own computer for classes and assignments. Students will be granted access to Adobe Creative Cloud and they are responsible for ensuring their computer is capable of running Adobe software. No lab access is included in Interaction Design Essentials.
Faculty are committed to your learning, and will be available to communicate by email with
students outside of class. Faculty are expected to respond to student inquiries within 48 hours.
Students are asked to conduct themselves professionally when communicating with faculty,
respecting that faculty may not be available on holidays and weekends.
The Lead Instructor will conduct office hours for the students once a week for 2 hours in order to
help with any questions or trouble-shooting that has come up during the week. Administrative
inquiries, regarding facilities, student conduct, policies and procedures or grades should be
brought to the attention of the Coordinator, Design + Media.
The library collection is composed of print resources including books, journals, and exhibition
catalogues; a broad range of electronic resources; slide and digital images; films, videos and DVDs; sound effects; artists’ books; the University’s archives; and a menu collection. Some items may be ‘On Reserve’ for specific courses. Library collections are accessible in-house to all students, faculty and the public. For information regarding library services and hours, please call 604 844 3840 or check the library website ecuad.ca/library.
Students in the Interaction Design Essentials program have access to their studio classroom during scheduled class time.
Interaction Design Essentials students have full access to a variety of sites at Emily Carr,
including the library and cafeteria. Building hours are posted at ecuad.ca.
Students also have access to Lynda.com for additional learning.
The University community depends on the good judgment and considerate behaviour of its members. Emily Carr expects the members of its community to conduct themselves with respect for the rights of others and to behave responsibly at all times. You are responsible for knowing and observing student-related Emily Carr policies and procedures.
Students who receive an F grade in a course will be asked to retake the course in order to pass
their certificate. Students can choose to retake this in the next cohort (6 months later), at a cost of
$495 or to retake a one-on-one session with faculty for a cost of $895.
Students who fail two or more courses are required to pause their certificate until such a time as
they have either retaken these courses with the next cohort or taken a one-on-one session with
faculty and received a passing grade.
Upon successful completion of the Interaction Design Essentials Program students will achieve alumni status at Emily Carr and will be eligible for 10% discount on Continuing Studies courses as well as a variety of programs and discounts through Alumni Services. For more information, visit ecuaa.ca.