Summer Institute for Teens

The Summer Institute for Teens 2021 runs online from July 5-30, 2021, Monday through Friday, from 9am-4pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7).

The Summer Institute for Teens (SIT) is an intensive pre-university program featuring small classes taught by professional, practicing artists to prepare students for the next step in their creative career. This immersive, one-month experience engages students through intensive studio practice and visual culture. Studio practice is complemented by discussion, in-class critique and field trips to engage with the diverse art and design community of Vancouver. The program culminates with a public exhibition of student work. All classes will be facilitated online.

View the inspiring and exciting work from our summer teen programs – conducted entirely online!


Your weekly schedule will look like this:

Monday + TuesdayWednesdayThursday + Friday
Your StudioCreative Practices + Society / Professional PracticeYour Studio

SIT Online Delivery & Covid-19 Response

Emily Carr University's top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. We acknowledge the important role we play as a site for learning and community-building, and we are committed to doing our part in upholding physical distancing measures to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the broader community.

The institution has implemented several measures in alignment with advice from federal and provincial public health authorities, including the transition to online learning for the foreseeable future. The Summer Institute for Teens 2021 is expected to be delivered through online learning platforms. When circumstances allow, we will assess the possibility of gradually re-introducing in-person instruction on campus, pending appropriate approvals and only given availability of adequate space at the time.

We remain committed to offering meaningful art education to youth and teens, whether online or in-person. We invite you to grow your skill-sets and develop your portfolio through our online studios, delivered to the highest educational standard, and instructed by award-winning artists and designers.

For detailed information on how SIT 2021 will run online, please visit our FAQs page.

How to Register

Download the Registration Package and send us the completed package by email at

Early Bird Rate Deadline: May 31, 2021

Regular Deadline: June 21, 2021.

See our full registration policies here.

Have a question? We have the answers!

Visit our FAQs page to find the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Need more info? Join us for the Summer Programs Virtual Info Session on Friday, April 30, at 5 pm (PDT, GMT -7). This event is FREE but registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite. You can also request a one-on-one chat with our Youth Program Coordinator to get answers to your questions.

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