Summer Institute for Teens

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 in a final exhibition of student work.

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SIT 2020 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 measures in alignment with advice from federal and provincial public health authorities, including the transition to online learning for the Summer term. As a consequence, the Summer Institute for Teens will be delivered exclusively through online learning platforms.

We remain committed to offering meaningful art education to youth and teens despite the circumstances. 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.

How to Register

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

    Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020.

    Note: Students must be between the ages of 16 and 18 or have completed Grade 10 as of July 1, 2020 to register.

    Registration Policies

    Withdrawal requests received prior to May 15, 2020 will be processed less a $35 administrative fee. Withdrawal requests received May 16 - June 19, 2020 will be processed less a $500 administrative fee. Withdrawal requests received on or after June 20, 2020 will be processed with no refund.

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