Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media
The Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media responds to the changing needs in the world around us, on a variety of scales, and focuses on the development of comprehensive messaging, experiences, and the social context. Our award-winning students take leadership in areas such as sustainable design, medical and health issues, regional products, recreational products, systems design, information design, typography, visual communications, commercial, experimental and 3D animation, visual story-telling, film, video, integrated media and interactivity. Upon graduation, these emerging designers and artists continue their leadership in creative industries and innovation around the globe.
This Faculty houses the Bachelor of Design and the Bachelor of Media Arts degrees. We were proud to have the late Bill Moggeridge, who was one of the founders of IDEO and former Director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York as an Honorary Professor of Design.
NOTICE TO STUDENTS ENTERING COMD, INDD, INTD, AND ISMA PROGRAMS
Digital Resource Requirement | Policy
1. This requirement is specifically for students entering the following Majors at the Second Year Level: Communication Design (COMD), Industrial Design (INDD), Interaction Design (INTD), and Interactive and Social Media (ISMA).
2. The University recommends the purchase of the latest available MacBook Pro. A PC equivalent is acceptable and it is not mandatory for students to purchase a new laptop. All laptops need to meet the following specifications in order to operate the most current version of the Adobe Master Collection and to keep up with expectations of the curriculum.
Ram: 4GB or better
Hard drive: 500GB or better
Intel i5 or i7 processor or better
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11g, 802.11N, or better
Graphics Memory: 500MB or better
System Requirements for the Adobe Master Collection can be found here: http://www.adobe.com/ca/products/creativesuite/mastercollection/tech-spe...
3. Emily Carr has arranged with Adobe for students to license both the Master Collection & Education Font Essential at a significant discount not available elsewhere. The yearly license fee for the Master Collection is payable in September by all students in the digital resource requirement program. Upon leaving the University, students keep the software and are eligible for further upgrades at retail pricing through Adobe. Adobe Font Essentials is only required for COMD and INTD and its one-time fee is also payable in September.
4. IT Services will provide limited technical support for student laptops. This support is limited to helping with access to University wireless network and curriculum printing resources. The University does not generally help students with hardware, operating system, application software, and virus issues.
What are the financial costs for students?
The costs attached to the digital resource requirement include hardware and software costs, as follows:
*Emily Carr has joined forces with Apple to create the Apple on Campus program. With Apple on Campus, the goal is to provide students, and parents of students at our institution with a full range of Mac hardware, software and peripherals at the best prices.
If you choose to purchase an Apple product for school, we recommend that you shop on our school’s online store to ensure that you get the exclusive pricing available to us. The online store is a fully secure site, and it’s accessible via the Emily Carr intranet site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What’s more, is once you buy - you’ll get free delivery* right to your doorstep.
After clicking the link you will need to authenticate using your Emily Carr e-mail username and password.
*Students will enter into a yearly software subscription to license
the Adobe Master Collection. The yearly subscription fee, payable along
with tuition each September you are enrolled, gives students
access to the latest version of the Master Collection.
The yearly subscription fee is set in the Summer when the University
renews licensing contracts with Adobe. Students in COMD,
INTD, & ISMA are also required to acquire from the University
a copy of Adobe Educational Essential Fonts.
Are laptops covered by Student Loans?
The purchase of capital equipment for a student’s program (such as computers, cameras, etc) is not supported in the funding framework of the Canada Student Loans program. The only expenditure allowable is for books and supplies to a maximum of $1,500 per 4 month semester which can include up to $300 in computer-related supplies such as ink, toner, internet connections.* All Emily Carr students applying for student loans have this maximum allowance considered in their overall need assessment. While some aspects of student loan eligibility calculation are appealable due to extenuating circumstances, the purchase of a laptop (whether the school makes it mandatory or not) is not an appealable issue.
*It is important to note that the book and supply expenditures for student loans is not policed. Students are not required to provide receipts demonstrating how they spend their book/supply allowance.
Are Industrial Design students expected to run PC-based 3D software on their laptops?
No. PC-based 3D software will continue to be taught in the school’s PC labs. Students will have access to these labs to do their work. If you choose to run such software on your laptop, it is up to you to decide whether to run it on a PC laptop, or a Mac laptop with Windows or other necessary software.