Teen Programs

Studying art and design after high school?

Here’s how! Teen Programs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design offer excellent preparation for post-secondary education and future careers. Through hands-on art-making you will have access to experienced instruction and Emily Carr’s amazing studios, equipment, and community.

Explore the exciting fields of art, design, and media through our programs:

Summer Institute for Teens

The Summer Institute for Teens at Emily Carr is a pre-university, immersive, one-month experience that engages you through intensive studio practice and visual culture. If you are between 16 and 18 or will finish Grade 10 by this summer, join us and ready yourself for further education at an art and design university.

Junior Art Intensive

If you are between the ages of 13 and 15, you can join us to explore 2D and 3D art-making in this two-week summer program. You will learn from professional art instructors and gain hands-on experience with a range of projects and materials. The Junior Art Intensive will help you build foundational knowledge, develop your skills and prepare you for the Summer Institute for Teens.


Teen Art Group members work with practicing artists in studio at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and gain an expanded learning of visual culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery in this after school program.

Youth Art + Culture Lab

Youth Art + Culture Lab is a new after school program offered by Emily Carr University and Richmond Art Gallery. Youth aged 12 – 15 build confidence, community, and diverse creative skill-sets through behind the scenes, hands-on sessions with professional artists and Emily Carr University instructors.

Portfolio Workshop for Teens

A two-day weekend workshop for students preparing a portfolio to apply to an art and design university. Join us in one of our upcoming sessions!

Expanded Painting for Teens

Develop and advance your painting skills in this six-session workshop. Exploring a range of media, tools, techniques and scale, students will learn an expanded vocabulary of painting and refined skill set through experimentation.