Graduate Studies

 Emily Carr offers robust and innovative Graduate Studies programs; including: Resident Master of Design and Master of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Media Arts) and Low Residency Master of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Media Arts). These professional, terminal degrees prepare students to engage in a range of diverse and expanding sectors of culture and creative industry. Graduates from our program will be able to demonstrate significant expertise in the application of creative knowledge in their field.

The Graduate degree is naturally interdisciplinary. Courses in research, theory and studio practice integrate methodological threads that span diverse fields of cultural production. Seminars offer a constructive environment for discourse and critique, while a series of lectures and studio visits from renowned artists informs and supplements student practice. Graduate cohorts are chosen with attention to the unique combination of attributes students bring, resulting in balanced and dynamic study groups.

The Graduate Studies program is delivered through two distinct but interrelated programs: Residency and Low Residency (only Master of Applied Arts). Residency cohorts progress through the program in 21 months of fulltime study. Low Residency cohorts progress through the equivalent program in 28 months, with equally challenging but more flexible delivery model built around 3 summer intensive residencies in Vancouver and rigorous online curriculum.

Emily Carr is proud of its internationally renowned faculty who guide students through the learning process with ongoing analysis, critique, and support.

We also offer a Master of Digital Media degree at our Great Northern Way campus.

The Residency  MAA program offers focused study in the following streams:

  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

The Low Residency Master of Applied Arts program offers study in one stream:

  • Visual Arts and Media Arts


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The Faculty of Graduate Studies admits a limited number of design, media and visual arts students to each program. Both the Residency and Low Residency programs feature intensive theory and research seminars with rigorous studio classes. Students learn to locate their own practices within broader fields of inquiry through writing projects, critiques of studio work, presentations and an internship.

Graduate students work in a range of disciplines and come together from around the world create a unique environment of interaction and exploration. They benefit from access to broad-based resources and extensive facilities in traditional and new technologies. A diverse and dedicated faculty, as well as a host of visiting artists and lecturers, support and encourage individual student research and production.

Students acquire a profound understanding of their own practices through ongoing presentation, analysis and critique. In addition, students complete a formal internship within the creative and cultural industries or a self-directed internship or residency. The internship ensures that each student engages in relevant work or research that provides practical experience in a professional context.

At the end of the final semester, students produce an integrated thesis project comprised of a body of independent visual work and a thesis essay. A final exhibition presents their visual thesis projects to the public at large.


What our students have to say about the Graduate program:

"The Low-Res program has provided a unique opportunity for me to pursue a graduate degree while continuing to work at making films. The resulting workload can be considerable at times, but the group, online process has been both stimulating and rewarding." Rick Beairsto, Low Residency program (Grad 2012)

“Emily Carr's Graduate program takes an expansive approach to academic thought and to art-making. The interdisciplinary and highly theoretical nature of the instruction is evidence of the importance that Emily Carr places on the advancement of the arts in academia, and of the artist in society." Gardiner O'Kain, Low Residency program (Grad 2012)

“The Graduate program was artistically and personally challenging. It allowed a space for my multiple avenues of interest to merge in a cohesive, yet ever-evolving practice, as artist, educator, researcher and writer." Kristina Fiedrich, Residency program (Grad 2012)