Research Areas

Research culture, an important and integral part of Emily Carr, is made up of a unique mix of practice-based and critical approaches to knowledge production.

Graduate students have full access to our research resources and facilities, where materials, making, and digital capacity are key. 

Through state-of-the art digital technology located in our Motion Capture, Prototyping, Media + Programming, Wearables + Interactives Products studios and more, we explore new means of prototyping and production, create new employment avenues and redefine contemporary creative and aesthetic expression. 

Faculty and students from different disciplines work collaboratively toward innovation in areas where Emily Carr is making significant national and international contributions. We believe that such research is forma- tive, nimble, experimental, generative and essential in contemporary context.

Faculty-led research projects are all part of an ongoing portfolio of interdisciplinary and industry partnered research initiatives that generate singular opportunities for graduate students to integrate their own research interests into real-life projects.

Visit the Research Microsite

Dedicated Research Centres

Health Design Lab
Living Labs
Material Matters
Basically Good Media Lab
The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Canada Research Chairs

Studio for Extensive Aesthetics
Studio for Critical Making
Chair in Indigenous Studies


A place to gather, reflect, practice, teach, and celebrate Aboriginal culture.

Emily Carr’s Aboriginal Gathering Place hosts students, contemporary artists, and informs curriculum and community.

It is a centre that reflects the cultural characteristics of our Aboriginal students, community and traditions. The Gathering Place allows our Aboriginal students to develop and strengthen their identities in a supportive, safe environment. 

We foster learning experiences and are committed to providing the necessary support to Aboriginal students to ensure their academic success. 

Our interdisciplinary Aboriginal curriculum encompasses both the traditional and contemporary artistic expressions of Aboriginal peoples, and is a valuable resource for students in accessing and exploring traditional materials and methods. Courses include studio practice, art history, critical theory and industrial application.

Join us at the Aboriginal Gathering Place for artist talks, Indigenous talking circles and special events.

Aboriginal include status, non-status, Métis and Inuit peoples. Students with Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to self-identify on their application forms and contact the Aboriginal Office.