Upcoming Events and Series

SUMMER 2014 Exhibitions
In the summer of 2014, Continuing Studies had the opportunity to present an incredible lineup of exhibitions in the Concourse Gallery, including MIXX, curated by Jeanne Krabbendam and featuring work by students in The Built Surface and Exploring the Built Surface; and Growing In Sight, work from Botanical Illustration I and II, curated by Elizabeth Mancini.

See the Growing In Sight digital exhibition here, which will be shown again in the Concourse Gallery in June 2015.


An idea cafe investigating the future Art, Media and Design University

Curious about cultural practice, or the future of Emily Carr? We serve up ideas, not drinks!

(Parenthesis) investigates the role Emily Carr plays in community and public life. You are our community, whether you studied here or not, whether you studied academically or not, whatever your age or inclination, and we invite your ideas, input and inquiry. 

The idea cafe gives you a chance to crack open some of the big questions facing the Emily Carr community, and to participate in conversations facilitated by a broad range of faculty. Each of four sessions poses questions and introduces ideas facing our university as we approach our relocation in Fall of 2016.

February 17 with Rita Wong and Mimi Gellman - What is an art, design, and media university; and how will it evolve in the 21st century? Where are we now, where are we going? This session builds an appreciation for original nations and sites reflecting a respectful diversity relationship.

March 10 with Glen Lowry - How can communities maintain their unified character as diverse and living entities over time? What role can universities play as living archives of community identity?

April 14 with Harry Killas - Why does cultural literacy matter in our daily lives? Why does knowing about material culture make us better people and citizens?

Free; open to everyone!
Monday evenings (January – April 2014); 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Agro Café, 1363 Railspur Alley, Granville Island

Hosted and developed by Vancouver-based culture critic Donald Brackett.

In the summer of 2013, Continuing Studies was so pleased to host three exciting institutes, focused on:

Drawing and Illustration | Design | Professional Development

Drawing and Illustration

Sketch-book enthusiasts, illustrators, drawers and doodlers: join us this summer for exciting drawing and illustration workshops, courses, exhibitions and free events!

In Visible Architecture | Vancouver Draw Down , Saturday, June 15 - Free!
Little Red Riding Hood | Illustration Exhibition, June 15 - 29, 2013
Summer Drawing Intensive in Penticton, August 6 - 11, 2013 

Drawing and Illustration Course Highlights
Visual Notetaking Workshop - July 4
Summer Institute for Teens Drawing Studio - July 2 - 26
Summer Institute for Teens Graphic Novel and Comics Studio, July 2 - 26
All Drawing courses
All Illustration Courses 


Here and AwayIndustrial Design Exhibition, July 4 – July 14, 2013
Junior Design Office | Design Charette, July 4 - July 14, 2013
Unusual CharactersTypography Exhibition, August 2 – 23, 2013

Design Course Highlights
Design and Sew a Bag Workshop - May 9
Cardboard Construction Workshop - July 18
Summer Institute for Teens Graphic Design Studio - July 2 - 26
Summer Institute for Teens Fashion and Textile Studio, July 2 - 26
Summer Institute for Teens Architecture Studio, July 2 - 26
All Industrial Design courses
All Communication Design courses
All Interactive Design courses

Professional Development

Artists for Artists: Mentorship, Teaching Strategies and Other Tools for Visual Artists | Annual CARFAC Conference, May 31 – June 2
The Leeway | Studio Space for Rent

Professional Development Courses and Workshops
The Business of Art Practice – Various Date Options
Photo-Documentation Workshop – August 1

Past Institutes

Comix Institute | September 24 - 29, 2012 
Comic book artists, graphic novelists, illustrators, and comix enthusiasts, take note! This fall, Continuing Studies is pleased to host a phenomenal lineup of international comic book artists, graphic novelists, illustrators and publishers for a week of intensive workshops, panels, public lectures and events.  

Guests include Scott Hampton (Batman, Books of Magic, The Upturned Stone),  Brian Stelfreeze (Batman, Firestorm, Birds of Prey, Fallen Angel, and The Flash),  Chris Moeller (Rocketman, Lucifer, Magic: The Gathering), Emily Carroll,  Mark Smylie, Zelda Devon and Kurt Huggins. Industry guests include editors from Dark Horse Books. Coordinated by  Durwin Talon

Click here for full bios of all our guests!
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The week will culminate with emily Con!, a one-day event in which international and local comic book artists will be in attendance to showcase  their comics, zines and artwork. Panel discussions, artist demos and a  participatory Comix Jam will invite the public to engage with the comic book community. Coordinated by Robin Thompson.

The Contemporary Comic, with Julian Lawrence, Sept 12 - Oct 31
Comix Storytelling, with Scott Hampton and Chris Moeller, Sept 24 - 27
Digital Comix, with Zelda Devon and Kurt Huggins, Sept 24 - 27
Painted Comix, with Brian Stelfreeze, Sept 24 - 27
Independent Comix, with Emily Carroll and Mark Smylie, Sept 24 - 27
Comics Industry Day, with editors from Dark Horse, Sept 28
Emily Con!, Free and open to the public, Sept 29
A History of Graphic Novels, with Miriam Libicki, Oct 15 - Dec 10
Expression and Character, with Julian Lawrence, Oct 25 - Dec 13
Narrative Structures in Graphic Novels, with Robin Thompson, Nov 10  - Dec 15