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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

The Emily Carr experience engages authenticity and connectivity. Our passion and dedication attract like-minded individuals and groups, fused by a shared and genuine commitment to interdisciplinary education, research, collaboration and excellence in visual arts, media arts and design.



Founded in 1925, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. One of the University's roles is to act as an advocate for the arts and reinforce the need for public support. 


We believe that education and research in the creative fields is vital for the cultural and economic growth of local and global communities, and encompasses a range of methods including critical and creative inquiry, artistic creation and making, partnership and exhibition. We respect and value diversity, and enhance bridging and accessibility via our aboriginal, international, financial, internal, and external capacity building.


  • Together with frontrunners in industry, we are leading the country with innovations and university research in studio-based art, design and media. Through state-of-the art digital technology we explore new means of prototyping and production, create new employment avenues and redefine contemporary creative and aesthetic expression through materials, making and digital research.
  • Our applied research areas are nimble, activated and integrated to facilitate interdisciplinary work on the cutting edge. Collectively, via our Research Centres, Research Studios, and Canada Research Chairs, Emily Carr University talent creates and captures emerging opportunities for students, artists, faculty and business leaders. 


  • Emily Carr University is committed to help you transform and contextualize your creative practice so that upon graduation you are able to deliver value to community, culture, and the economy, while - perhaps most importantly - making a meaningful life for yourself.
  • The Career Development + Work Integrated Learning Office connects students and alumni with local, national and international employers in the creative industries and beyond. We offer career advising, clinics and strategy sessions, drop-in and individual advising, access to co-op learning opportunities, internships and partnerships, as well as the Artswork career portal.

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Student services

Academic Advising at ECU helps undergraduate students to take responsibility for their education. Your advisor can assist you with:

  • Educational planning
  • Reading + interpreting program evaluations
  • Assistance with major or minor selection
  • Registration planning
  • Policy related questions

Housing services

Emily Carr's students live off campus with plenty of options like private rentals, shared rentals, temporary housing and homestays. You can connect with Student Services' housing assistant who will guide you to resources, including a dedicated housing microsite, as well as to prospective landlords and roommates.

ICT services

Need help? The ITS Help Desk provides a single point of contact for for staff, administrators and faculty for most of your IT questions and needs.

Student Reviews

Top rated art university in Canada
Tanya Linnegar rated 5 out of 5 stars

Emily Carr University of Art and Design is located in gorgeous Vancouver, British Columbia. Mountains, forests and the ocean are just some of the natural bounty to be enjoyed as a student. If you like outdoor activities you'll love studying in Vancouver- just be prepared for a lot of rain all year round! Emily Carr provided top notch talented professors who really knew...

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