Critical + Cultural Practices
Bridge critical theory and artistic practice.
A degree designed to give you the best of both worlds, Critical + Cultural Practices provides a liberal arts education where your critical work is informed by your material practice— and vice versa. This rigorous academic program allows you to combine humanities courses with hands-on creativity.
What You Will Learn
In this program, you will study art history, design history, English, humanities, media history, social sciences, and writing. While academic courses make up between 30 to 50 percent of other programs at ECU, they comprise a majority of credits for Critical + Cultural Practices.
These courses are designed with your practice in mind, in order to bring modern and contemporary approaches to your creative process. This interdisciplinary approach allows you to chart your own path while fostering connections between theory and practice. Throughout, you'll be taught by academics and artists who are leaders in their fields.
You will become part of a community of highly skilled practitioners, visionaries, and creative problem-solvers, with the knowledge to enter the visual arts and culture sector and to contribute from a variety of perspectives.
“I think that’s the practice of community... To offer a form of liberation by not hiding one's lived experience. To connect into and from those exact spaces of our identity, that we are so often told to keep silent and not disclose in direct and indirect ways. But to speak them out loud with one another in relationship."
Year 1: First-Year Foundation Studies
Year 2-4: Critical + Cultural Practices courses and electives
Designation: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Majoring in Critical + Cultural Practices (BFA, Critical + Cultural Practices)
Faculty: The Faculty of Culture + Community
For application information, including admission requirements, see Admissions.
- AHIS 200: Art+Culture 1900-1950
- SOCS 201: Intro to Cultural Theory
- FRMS 300: Art Forums
- PRAX 300: Dialogues With Curatorial Practices
- WRTG 300: Writing Criticism
- HUMN 309: Cross-Cultural Design
- HUMN 311: Visual Art Seminar
- AHIS 401: Topics in Curatorial Projects
Shops + Studios
Your artistic practice is as important as your theoretical studies. Here, you'll have access to our spacious and well-equipped shops and studios.
Studio culture is at the heart of your educational experience at Emily Carr, as spaces where you can create, learn, collaborate, experiment, and play.
Each space is maintained by expert technical staff who collaborate with faculty and staff to provide students with instruction and guidance. Technical staff ensure safe and accessible working environments and lead instructional workshops to enhance your learning.