Registration Information for Undergraduate Students

Have you been accepted into an undergraduate degree program and are ready to register?

Having trouble registering? Visit our MyEC FAQs.

Registration Dates + Info

Summer 2021 Registration Dates + Details

Fall 2021 Registration Dates + Details

Spring 2022 Registration Dates + Details - TBD

Registration by Proxy

If you are unable to register yourself, please make arrangements for a friend or relative to register on your behalf.

Due to protection of privacy legislation, ECU cannot assist or give student record access to a third party (including family members) without previous written permission from the student. Written permission should be provided to Records, Registration + Advising well in advance of your registration release date. An information release form is available on the Student Services forms page.

Course Load Requirement

The maximum allowable course load in a semester is 18 credits. From the start of online registration and until the semester begins, only 12 of those credits can be studio based courses.

You must be enrolled in at least 9 credits to be eligible for a BC student loan and 12 credits to maintain a BC Arts Council scholarship and/or an Emily Carr tuition scholarship. Please visit Financial Aid + Awards for more information on student loans and scholarships.

In each semester, students are generally expected to take:

  • 9 to 12 credits of studio based course work
  • 3 to 6 credits of critical studies course work

Please consult your My Progress page in Student Planning in myEC to see which requirements you need to complete.

Studio Overload Access

Students are able to register themselves in more than 12 studio credits in a semester (note that the overall maximum remains at 18 credits) as of the Studio Overload Access registration day. Overload Access starts after the All University Release day for fall and spring semesters, and ends with the last day of the Add/Drop week.


A prerequisite refers to the requirements (courses or credits) you must take to be eligible to register for a course. It is important to check you meet these requirements before Registration. Prerequisites are listed with the course description - available through Current Course Listings or by selecting the course in the Student Planning registration interface. If you feel you meet the prerequisite, but not exactly as it is stated, (for example, you have transfer credit) see an Academic Advisor as soon as you can before Registration.

Priority Rules + Releases

Priority rules (sometimes refered to as restriction rules) refer to the process that gives students first priority to the courses they specifically require in their major. Once students have secured their required courses during the priority registration period, access opens up to other students in a series of releases--first across that program area (Degree Release), and then more widely across the University (All-University Release).

It is important to note that while priority rules release, prerequisite rules do not.

** Please note that some courses and/or sections are excluded from the priority releases - these courses and/or sections are highlighted yellow in the Priority Release pdf document below.

Fall 2021 Section Priorities + Release Schedule (rev. June 25, 2021)

Summer 2021 Section Priorities + Release Schedule

Repeatable for Credit

Some courses may be repeated for credit. All attempts at repeating courses are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. This information is available with the course description which is available through Current Course Listings or by clicking on the course title on myEC.

If you try to register for a course that you have completed in a previous semester and it is not repeatable for credit you will receive an error message. For example, "AHIS-200 taken 1 time(s). Once allowed."

Some courses, though repeatable, give registration priority to students who haven't taken the course. If this is the case, you will be able to register for the course when its other degree restrictions are removed.

Course Types

There are two categories of courses at ECU: studio based courses and critical studies courses.

Studio Based Courses

Regardless of your major, any course with the following mnemonics are considered studio courses:

2DAN 2D + Experimental Animation

INDD Industrial Design
3DAN 3D Computer AnimationINTD Interaction Design
ANIM AnimationMDIA Media
CRAM CeramicsNMSA New Media + Sound
COMD Communication DesignPNTG Painting
CCID Community ProjectsPHOT Photography
CGIA Computer GraphicsPRAX Praxis
DESN DesignPRNT Print Media
DRWG DrawingSCLP Sculpture
FMSA Film + Screen ArtsSOUN Sound Arts
FNDT FoundationVAST Visual Arts Studio
ILUS IllustrationWRTG Writing

On your program evaluation, any requirement listed as open studio can be fulfilled by courses with these mnemonics. A 6 credit studio course can fulfill two 3 credit open studio course requirements.

Critical Studies Courses

Critical studies courses are academic courses. Subjects that fall under the critical studies heading include:

AHIS Art HistoryMHIS Media History
DHIS Design HistorySCIE Science
HUMN HumanitiesSOCS Social Science

You must complete all first and second year critical studies requirements before registering in any third year critical studies courses. All critical studies courses must be completed as required throughout your four year degree program.

Wondering what the difference is between humanities, social science and science?

  • Humanities courses include: philosophy, literature, classical studies and languages.
  • Social science courses include: psychology, anthropology, political science, sociology and women's studies.
  • Science courses include: biology, chemistry, earth science, wood science, physics, astronomy, oceanography and mathematics.

Online Courses

If you register for online courses, you may be contacted by your instructors via ECU email to discuss course meeting times. Online course websites can be accessed here.

Your username and password for online course access is the same as your ECU email. If you have trouble accessing the course website, contact ITS or call 604-630-4565. If your password needs to be reset you will be required to provide your ECU student number and your birth date.

Financial Record

All outstanding debts from the current semester must be cleared in order to register. If your financial record is not in good standing your registration username and login will not be active and you will no longer have access to University facilities. If you have a hold on your file, please email Financial Services or phone 604-629-4515 to arrange payment.

Tuition Fees

You are responsible for the full amount of tuition fees assessed once you have submitted your registration. Fees will be adjusted only if courses are dropped within published deadlines. If you have been de-registered you are still responsible for the fees assessed. Please visit Financial Services for more information.