Registration for ECU Teen Programs Spring 2023 is Open

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By Emily Carr University

Posted on December 14, 2022 | Updated December 19, 2022, 5:09pm

Teen programs offer youth the chance to gain knowledge in a wide array of creative courses instructed by award-winning artists and designers.

Plan your vacation breaks with Teen Programs at Emily Carr University Continuing Studies.

ECU’s Teen Programs offer engaging and accessible art, media and design studios for creative youth aged 12-18. They also provide excellent preparation for post-secondary education and future careers.

Hands-on courses are taught by industry experts and practitioners. And students get access to Emily Carr’s unique studios, equipment and community.

ECU's wide range of programs includes the two-week-long Spring Break Art Camp, focusing on foundational skills. Or enroll in the rigorous month-long Summer Institute for Teens to prepare for university applications.

Test the waters with courses this spring break

At the Spring Break Art Camp, teens explore popular studio practices in art and design. With a focus on foundational skills and creative process, courses are open to students at all levels of experience.

These courses are recommended to help students select and prepare for the Summer Institute for Teens.

Dive in and experience what full-time creative learning is like.

The Summer Institute for Teens (SIT) is a rigorous pre-university program. Over one month, pro artists teach students how to build their portfolios. SIT empowers the next generation of artists and designers to prepare for their creative careers.

Students receive training in various disciplines, from painting to game design. Students develop technical skills while they explore visionary new forms of expression.

Four weeks of in-depth work help students make rich connections. Peers and instructors collaborate and visit each other's studios for deep discussions.

Whether you live in Vancouver or abroad, there are learning options to fit your life. You can choose in-person instruction at Emily Carr’s state-of-the-art campus. We also offer the flexibility of online learning. This means our programs are accessible for teens everywhere.

The 2022 SIT brought together 170 talented young artists and designers to exhibit at ECU. The wide range of expressive, inspiring and experimental works thrilled visitors. The show included everything from paintings to illustrations to architectural models. More than 400 in-person visitors supported and celebrated this milestone on opening day.

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All-time popular course include Illustration, Animation, Drawing, Painting and Communication Design. And this year, we’re launching three new exciting options:

The world is only becoming more digital. And BC’s creative tech industries are booming. These newest SIT options help students develop the skills they need to flourish in the changing economy.

Junior Art Intensive

The Junior Art Intensive (JAI) teaches all the most important basics. The program focuses on skill development and the creative process. It also helps prepare younger students for the Summer Institute for Teens.

Over two weeks, students explore 2D and 3D art-making. They complete a variety of projects in drawing, painting, animation and soft sculpture. The programs culminate with a public exhibition of student work.

The JAI finishes with a professionally installed exhibition. This show spotlights students’ learning and development during their time in the program. It also signals ECU’s dedication to supporting art and design education for youth.

Plan your vacation break in advance. Check out the upcoming Spring Break Art Camp and Summer Institute for Teens today!