Faculty of Culture + Community

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Embrace risk. Create value and knowledge together.

Home of Critical + Cultural Studies, First-Year Foundation, the Critical + Cultural Practice (CRCP) major, and the Social Practice + Community Engagement (SPACE) minor.

The Faculty of Culture + Community offers a range of dynamic and interdisciplinary courses that provide the academic core and studio foundation to all three undergraduate degrees at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

We encourage creativity within real-world settings. Courses are focused on the theory and history of art, media and design, with the aim of building social awareness and sustainability through creative practice, research and communication.

Our students learn to understand creativity in cultural, environmental and social practice through internal and external collaborations. Partners include public, non-profit and industry organizations as well as other institutions and universities.

We cultivate fresh collaborations each year to respond to the evolving needs of students, as well as to changing cultural contexts.


Foundation Year

All first-year undergraduate students complete our unique Foundation program. Foundation builds skills through critical inquiry, creative explorations and interdisciplinary practice.

Critical + Cultural Practice Major

The Critical + Cultural Practice Major is for students who wish to pursue additional studies after their undergraduate degree. This Major allows students to enhance their critical writing and scholarship, while continuing to build a visual arts practice.

Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE) Minor

The Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE) Minor is compatible with all three undergraduate degrees. It combines community partnerships and special projects to foster a keen understanding of critical and cultural practice in contemporary art and society.