Schedule + Studios


The Summer Institute for Teens runs July 6-31, 2020, Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.

Monday + TuesdayWednesday
Thursday + Friday
Your StudioSocial Practice WednesdaysYour Studio

Studio Practice

We offer students a choice of 10 studios in a range of disciplines. No previous experience in the subject area is required, so students can choose to explore a new form or further their work in a favourite medium.


Bring your artwork to life through traditional and digital animation. Create your own 2D animations using original drawings and build vivid digital environments and characters using 3D modeling software. In this studio, you will explore modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering to produce 3D animations and apply similar concepts to your hands-on 2D animations. Learn animation principles and practical techniques as you bring your vision to life in a range of projects.

Communication Design

Communication Design plays a large role in our everyday lives, guiding interaction and communication in both physical and digital forms. In the Communication Design Studio, you will develop visualization skills and creative thinking through a mix of experiments in various forms and media. As you learn visual language, design principles, and thinking method, the program also provides experiences of exploring contemporary issues and concepts and examining how designers contribute from commercial design to social awareness campaigns.


Explore how you see the world around you with traditional, technical and experimental drawing processes. Through various drawing methodologies investigate and apply a variety of drawing media and approaches to elevate your work and extend your comfort zone. Learn to work with graphite, ink, conté, charcoal and pastel as you further develop your technique and style. Create a variety of large-scale representational drawings, abstract compositions and sketches for your portfolio.

Illustration: Digital

Digital illustrations can be found in everything from web comics to magazines. Expand your illustration abilities as you apply your sketching, drawing and composition skills in a digital environment. Learn to work with layers, shape vector art and utilize colour as you create both process-based and print-ready work using tablets and industry-standard Adobe programs. Discover how the creative process can apply to concept, product and character design within a digital arts or commercial environment.

Illustration: Traditional

Broaden your illustration knowledge and creative potential through a range of projects. Create detailed and stylized illustrations that communicate ideas, capture characters and envision imaginary spaces. Using pen and ink, conté, charcoal, and watercolour, you will learn to consider line, texture and tone. Future illustrators, animators, graphic novelists or fine artists are invited to learn traditional illustration techniques as they develop their individual style and grow their body of work.

Industrial Design

Discover how sustainable and human-centered design can positively impact the world around us. This studio introduces the core values, application and potential of Industrial Design through prototyping and case studies of product design. You will learn technical drawing, CAD software, 3D printing and model-making alongside principles of accessibility, ergonomics, material innovation and ecological concerns.


Investigate how observed and imaginary spaces and objects can be represented with acrylic paint and mixed media. Challenge yourself to take new approaches to your work as you experiment with abstraction and realism in order to further develop your personal style. Build technical skills through rigorous exercises in paint application, brushstrokes, composition and colour theory. Historical and contemporary practices will be considered.


Engage your creative potential through versatile printmaking techniques in Emily Carr’s naturally lit, state-of-the-art facilities. Learn traditional and experimental processes, including relief, monotype, and screen printing, to produce monochromatic and multi-colour prints, towards a dynamic portfolio. In this hands-on studio, learn the many ways printmaking intersects with other creative practices and understand print media within the context of contemporary art and popular culture.

Media Arts

Push your creative boundaries and express yourself through diverse media arts techniques. In this studio, you will learn to communicate concepts, emotions and narratives in a dynamic way, using experimental approaches to photography, video, sound and multi-media installation. Field trips and classroom discussions will help you build a strong creative foundation, and introduce you to contemporary media artists. You will learn to format your final media pieces for screen and/or installation.


Explore textiles within three-dimensional forms using traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques and approaches. You will learn machine sewing and construction skills to create textile-based sculpture, wearables and installations, using materials such as fabric, leather, and other mixed media. In this studio, the expected uses, functions or appearances of textiles to produce dynamic forms and spatial experiences will be challenged and expanded.

Social Practice Wednesdays

This innovative program engages students first hand with diverse socially engaged artists and designers in Vancouver. Looking at artistic practice under the lens of the every day, socially engaged art is crucial to civic change and often includes the general public in the creation of art and design experiences.

Students will see how art and design can be positively centred around community, inclusivity and social change through practices that might include local food systems, music, intergenerational learning, disability/ accessibility and social consciousness.

The mixture of field trips, visiting artists talks and group discussion provide students with a well-rounded base to explore how their own creative practices can be expanded beyond the studio.