There has never been a more exciting time for students of Emily Carr University.
Our vision for our campus at Great Northern Way on the False Creek Flats of Vancouver, BC is a place so extraordinary that it celebrates the creativity of the human spirit in all its forms of expression. This is the first purpose-built institution of art + design in Canada and is unlike anything seen before, captivating and motivating a new generation of thinkers, creators and makers as well as welcoming the community at large to experience all that we are.
Year-round certificates, programs and classes for lifelong creative study delivered from various locations
Canada's most intensive research focus in the creative field
An interdisciplinary faculty + staff who contribute to advance the interests of community, culture, and the economy sustainably, through their professional and personal practices in art, design and media education, research, and administration
The University continues to add to its list of key dates:
Formerly known as the Vancouver School of Applied and Decorative Arts, our institution was officially established on October 1, 1925. In 1978, it was designated a
provincial institute before moving to Granville Island in 1980. A second
building on Granville Island opened in 1994, and the following year,
Emily Carr was granted authority to offer bachelor degrees and honorary
degrees. In 2001, Finning International donated a parcel of land to
four institutions - Emily Carr, SFU, UBC and BCIT - in what is now known as the Great
Northern Way Campus. In 2006, Emily Carr launched a Master of
Applied Arts degree, and opened Intersections Digital Studios, the home of Research within the University, significantly expanding the university's research capabilities. In 2008, the school was
granted university status and in 2013, the Master of Design
Degree was launched. The University officially broke ground in 2015 for a new state-of-the-art campus at Great Northern Way.
We live in a digital universe experienced in the context of a material world.
At Emily Carr we thrive on this conceptual tension and we experiment, striving to make better sense of it through compelling work for the greater good. The intersection of art, design and media gives us license to explore, building unlimited capacity to forge vibrant social ventures and relationships in service to community, culture and economy. Our curriculum, technologies, research, and ties foster transformational partnerships and real-world opportunities for all of our students.
Emily Carr University attracts, retains, and enriches people and organizations empowered by creative thinking to go beyond the status quo.
Through study, research and practice Emily Carr University develops creative citizens of art, design + media, known throughout the world as exceptional people, problem solvers and leaders, with impressive agility, influence and employability across disciplines, locally and internationally.
Recognized globally for a history of leadership in the creative fields, Emily Carr has built a state-of-the-art new facility, Canada’s first purpose-built centre for visual arts, design, and media arts education and research. We are activated and engaged by this recognition of our social practice and influence and invite new opportunities for collaboration in the expansion of our reach, contribution, facilities and creative citizenry. Together as a community, we will continue to add exceptional value to critical inquiry, sustainability, and cultural development.