Faculty of Culture + Community
Embrace risk. Create value and knowledge together.
Creative thinking + critical making drive meaningful engagement.
The Faculty of Culture + Community provides the academic core and studio foundation to all undergraduate degrees - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Media Arts - at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. This faculty delivers First Year Foundation and Critical Studies courses focused on the theory and history of art, media, and design. These courses are focused on building social awareness and sustainability through creative practice, research and communication.
This Faculty offers a range of dynamic and interdisciplinary courses for all three undergraduate degrees. Uniquely, students who pursue the Critical Studies and Cultural Practices Major, combine emphasis on academics within a traditional Bachelor of Fine Arts. The innovative Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE) Minor combines community partnerships and special projects to foster a keen
understanding of critical and cultural practices in contemporary art and
Our vibrant Foundation Year, housed in this important faculty, is designed to build skills through critical inquiry, creative explorations, and interdisciplinary practice.
The Faculty provides:
- Undergraduate Foundation Year - the first year of studies toward all undergraduate degrees;
- Critical and Cultural Practices Major - a Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE) Minor - a minor compatible with all three undergraduate degrees
Challenge yourself. Shape community.
Risk-taking and imagination lie at the core of renewal for people, society, culture, and the environment.
The Faculty of Culture + Community offers you a context and an ethical framework for ongoing community engagement. It challenges you to imagine creative practice as service to an interdependent world in need of those who can communicate their knowledge, passion, and ideas through images and objects. A blend of academic and studio courses develops visual literacy, conceptual sophistication, and material and technical skills, in addition to your fundamental studio practice across all disciplines at Emily Carr.
Importantly, the Faculty encourages you to realize your creativity within real-world settings. Emily Carr forges and facilitates meaningful internal and external collaborations through which you will learn social practice. Partners include organizations that exist beyond Emily Carr's classrooms and studios such as public, non-profit, and industry organizations as well as other institutions and universities. Together with your cohort, you will work on partnered projects toward shared project objectives and public art, fostering your understanding of creativity in cultural, environmental, and social practice. These dynamic projects focus on communication and public engagement. Fresh collaborations each year respond to your evolving needs needs as well as those of changing cultural contexts.