Mission, Vision + Values

Realize your creativity at Emily Carr.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a school of students, teachers, thinkers and makers unlike any other – at once laser-focused and infinite by practice and nature. Established in 1925, we are the only specialized, accredited, public, post-secondary university in British Columbia solely devoted to education and research in the creative sector and its associated knowledge economy. We merge research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment, strengthening our work by the integration of our personal and professional practices. Our strategy, facilities, partnerships and resources are intentionally student-centred to foster dialogue, expression and open connections in support of the next generation of creative and cultural leaders.

Our home base in Vancouver – a young, vibrant city, known for its verve, beauty and unparalleled livability – reflects our core belief: Creativity will always be our greatest natural resource, individually and collectively. Inspired by this belief, our programs offer undergraduate, graduate degrees, and applied research in the fields of visual arts, media arts, and design, as well as professional certificates, pre-university, and lifelong learning in these areas.


Emily Carr’s vision is to be a worldwide centre of excellence in art, design and media education and research.


Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in visual arts, media arts and design.

Values Statement

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is committed to ensuring that our degrees, programs and courses are relevant to the needs and interests of students and society.

We believe that research in visual arts, media arts and design is vital for the cultural and economic growth of local and global communities and encompasses a range of methods including creative inquiry and artistic creation. We aspire to the ideal of excellence in all programs and service areas.

We value diversity and strive to increase accessibility to our programs for students of varied financial means.

As a university, Emily Carr believes that good citizenship includes social and environmental sustainability. We understand that it is through collaboration and dynamic interaction with professional groups and organizations that Emily Carr and the community at large will benefit.