About Graduate Studies at ECU

Prepare to lead and engage in the cultural and creative industries.

ECU is naturally interdisciplinary

Located in Vancouver, Canada, a unique urban environment with close proximity to nature, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is situated in a vibrant cultural scene. A strong legacy of artists-run centers, an emerging start-up community, and a deep commitment to environmental justice set the foundation for leading edge graduate-level inquiry in art and design practice.

We offer you the highest calibre of interdisciplinary faculty and progressive research opportunities as the leading Canadian institution solely dedicated to making. Our graduate degrees will enhance your opportunities as a practicing artist, designer, and aspiring professional to contribute to contemporary creative society.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies admits a limited number of design, media and visual arts students to each program, emphasizing opportunities for synergy and collaboration between students, faculty, and research labs and studios. The result is a dynamic program of study combining practical studio exploration and professional opportunities, including internships, research and teaching assistantships, and public exhibitions and symposia.

Our internationally recognized and award-winning faculty will lead you to explore, challenge and develop your work. You will engage in independent and collaborative advanced-level research, studio practice, prototyping, co-creation methods, and critical studies.

While our programs centre on practice, you will develop a rigorous, critical framework in order to synthesize research and theory. This will enable you to build proficiencies in your areas of interest, and contextualize your practice within our contemporary moment.