Your Creative Future Starts Here

We go beyond a degree.

At Emily Carr University, you're not just a student, you're a part of something greater. A tight-knit community of artists, designers and culture shapers awaits you.

Step into our supportive environment where you'll hone the skills necessary for design, creation, and innovation. But beyond learning how to create, you’ll learn why you create. At ECU, you’ll learn how to channel your talents to make a difference - within your community, your industry or the world at large. There’s no limits to what you’ll create here.

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About ECU

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#1 in Art + Design in Canada based on the 2023 QS World University Rankings

Established in 1925, we are a world leader in education and research, encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology. Our learning community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment. ECU engages students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes the world.

“They want to know me personally, not just my application.”

- Sadaf, ECU Interaction Design Student

Academic Journey

We get to know you beyond your application.

Connect with our team of expert advisors, join us at National Portfolio Day and learn about our diverse set of program offerings. We’re excited for you to embark on an unforgettable educational journey, and our advisors are here to aid you on this important decision.

Portfolio Tips from Emily Carr University faculty members.

Including Photography professor Birthe Pointek and Communication Design professor Cameron Neat.

Finance + Work

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We understand that creativity knows no bounds, but budgets do.

ECU offers competitive tuition rates and a range of financial aid options, including awards and bursaries. To help prepare for your career ahead, ECU offers dynamic co-op opportunities and career pathway support. Your creative future is within reach, and we're dedicated to supporting your artistic journey.

Campus + Community

Award-winning filmmaker and activist Jason DaSilva (BMA '01) returned to Emily Carr in 2006 to take part in our inaugural Masters Program.

His thesis project documents his very personal life-changing journey, and led him to discover an incredible way to give back to his community.

What will you create here?

Step into a world of wonder at our state-of-the-art campus, home to ECU’s vibrant and close-knit community. Whether you're making friends by joining clubs, participating in the students’ union or attending inspiring events, you'll form life-long connections with peers and industry luminaries. Immerse yourself in this nurturing, collaborative environment, and let your imagination flourish with us.

Indigenous Students

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Veronica Waechter (BFA, 2018) is completing the finishing touches on the doors to the Aboriginal Gathering Place.

The doors, depicting the Raven, were designed by Yaxkasei William Callaghan (posthumous degree granted 2017).

Emily Carr is dedicated to supporting Indigenous students and creating a welcoming environment where you can thrive.

We offer funding for Indigenous students as part of our commitment to your academic success. Explore ECU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place (AGP), a centre that reflects the cultural characteristics of Indigenous students, communities and traditions. The AGP nurtures students, collaborates with contemporary artists, and enriches our curriculum and community.

Health + Wellness

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The Oasis Wellness Garden at ECU

A safe space to relax, rejuvenate, and even get your hands dirty by gardening.

Students’ well-being is ECU’s top priority.

In addition to counseling services, we offer a comprehensive range of wellness programs designed to alleviate stress and elevate students' success and well-being across seven dimensions: emotional, psychological, physical, financial, environmental, cultural, and social.

Whether you're seeking a moment to meditate in our wellness lounge, experiencing the benefits of dog therapy, or discovering serenity in our outdoor gardens, we're here to support your unique health and well-being needs.

Living in Vancouver

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Get to know Vancouver, a thriving art hub with a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, ocean and easy access to nature.

ECU’s campus is located in the eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, popular among a diversity of people, including young creatives. Within walking distance from ECU, you’ll find great study spots, shopping, trendy places to eat, and endless fun things to do.

While ECU currently does not offer on-campus housing, our Student Services team is here to help you find housing that suits your needs. Emily Carr's students live off-campus in private rentals, shared rentals, temporary housing and homestays.

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