Research + IDS

Research gets results.

We are global leaders in dedicated research for studio-based art, design, and media.

Our Intersections Digital Studios (IDS) houses dedicated research Centres, Studios, and Canada Research Chairs. Our network of researchers, faculty, students, and industry partners benefits from Emily Carr University’s evolving suite of state-of-the-art digital technologies. Together, we advance knowledge in unique fields, pursue interdisciplinary experimentation, and develop and enhance projects in all disciplines.

Graduate students have full access to our resources and facilities. Undergraduate students access projects and opportunities through our Centres' Directors and their collaborative industry projects. Emily Carr University Faculty also pursue practice-based research in clusters and collaborations through the research area.

Research at Emily Carr supports significant initiatives and projects by organizing secure research infrastructure and funding, and clearly communicating results to the broader community. Graduate and undergraduate students benefit through direct involvement and employment opportunities under the leadership and guidance of faculty supervisors. The University's Research Ethics Board promotes a high standard of ethics and integrity in research and scholarship. All university-affiliated research and scholarship involving human participants requires review and approval of the University’s Research Ethics Board.

Our research empowers new means of production, employment, creative and aesthetic expression, and culminates in a wealth of opportunities for our graduates.


Research welcomes inquiries from industry and community groups who wish to partner. Contact research[at] regarding partnerships, collaborations, and how to initiate access to our subject matter experts, leading edge technologies, and next generation talent.


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Access funding for industry partnerships with Emily Carr.

We are thankful to our industry partners and to the government agencies that encourage academic research by nurturing industry engagement with funding opportunities. We are pleased to discuss your art, design, and media research project ideas and to review and explore the funding opportunities that could support our collaborative partnership with you.


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Featured Research Project Presentations: The Production of Knowledge in Art and Design, November 2, 2012

The fields and practices of art and design research represent a distinct array of alternative and critical approaches to the production of knowledge. Such contextualist, experimental, and practice–based traditions have profound implications for research in other fields and for our understanding of the cultural and aesthetic basis of research activity. From this perspective: What are the forms and methods of research that currently prevail within art and design contexts? How do they build on, or distinguish themselves from, other academic models and structures? What are the (real and practical) grounds for reconvening the conversations between fields of research practice that were separated by the academic movements of the 20th century? - Reverse Engineering: Towards a Taxonomy of Art Practices, Adelheid Mers, School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Current Design Research Journal, Celeste Martin and Deborah Shackleton, Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Pratt’s Laboratory for Scientific Study of Art, Cindie Kehlet, Pratt Institute - Digital Ceramics Archive Research, Paul Mathieu, Emily Carr University of Art + Design - The Single Most Important Criterion for Reconfiguring Research Theory and Practice in the 21st Century, Anne-Marie Oliver, Barry Sanders, and Marie-Pierre Hasne, The Pacific Northwest College of Art; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Oregon Health & Science University - Wait a minute…, Gareth Jones, Rhode Island School of Design