Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Coordinates: 49°16′3.846″N 123°5′38.8644″W / 49.26773500°N 123.094129000°W / 49.26773500; -123.094129000
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Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Motto"Eye, Mind, and Hand"
TypeArt and design
EstablishedOctober 1, 1925
Academic affiliations
AICAD, Universities Canada, CBIE
Endowment$6.18 million (2022)[1]
ChancellorCarleen Thomas
PresidentGillian Siddall
ProvostTrish Kelly
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students2,092 (2022)[2]
Undergraduates2,000 (2022)[2]
Postgraduates92 (2022)[2]

49°16′3.846″N 123°5′38.8644″W / 49.26773500°N 123.094129000°W / 49.26773500; -123.094129000
Colours   Black & white

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (abbreviated as ECU) is a public art university located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The university's campus is located within the Great Northern Way Campus in Strathcona. The university is a co-educational institution that operates four academic faculties: the Faculty of Culture + Community, the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, the Audian Faculty of Art, and the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Formally established as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1925, the school was renamed three times throughout the 20th century: the Vancouver School of Art in 1933, the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1978, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 1995. The institution's namesake derives from Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, who was known for her Modernist and Post-Impressionist artworks. In 2008, the school was designated as a special purpose teaching university under the province's University Act.


Emily Carr is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one dedicated to professional education in the arts, media, and design. In 1978, ECU was designated a provincial institute before moving to Granville Island in 1980, where it would later open a second building on its campus in 1995. Around the same year, ECU was granted authority to offer its own undergraduate degrees (BFA and BDes) and honorary degrees (honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.), Doctor of Laws (D.Laws), and Doctor of Technology (D.Technology)). The first graduate program was added in 2003 (MFA) and would later expand to include the Master of Applied Arts (MAA) in 2006, the Master of Digital Media (MDM) in 2007, and the Master of Design in 2013 (MDes). The MDM program in particular is a professional graduate program that was launched through the Centre for Digital Media, a campus consortium of four post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. Currently, Emily Carr is located at the Great Northern Way Campus after relocating from Granville Island in September 2017. The new campus sits on a former industrial site within the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of East Vancouver.[3]

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design's arms, supporters, flag, and badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on April 20, 2007.[4] On April 28, 2008, the Provincial Government announced that it would amend the University Act at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and recognize Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as a full university, which would be named Emily Carr University of Art + Design.[5] The university began its operation under its current name on September 1, 2008.[6]


Cafeteria at Emily Carr University.

The university's campus is located within a four-storey 26,600 square metres (286,320 sq ft) building in Strathcona, Vancouver.[7] Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and completed by EllisDon in 2017, the building houses student commons spaces, exhibition spaces, studios, and three lecture theatres.[8] The exterior facade of the building has white metal panels and glass reminiscent of a blank canvas, as well as back-painted glass spandrel panels to evoke a sequence of colours and transitions.[8] The building's colour palette was selected by faculty members in honour of Canadian painter Emily Carr. In addition, several First Nations design elements were incorporated into the design of the building.[8]

The building forms a part of the larger Great Northern Way Campus, a 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) multi-use property that is shared with four other post-secondary institutions through the Great Northern Way Trust. Emily Carr University, along with the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia, are all equal shareholders in the trust. The Great Northern Way Campus also houses facilities used by the other three post-secondary institutions.[9]


Emily Carr specializes in art and design education, offering academic programs and continuing education courses in sustainable design, photography, new media art, visual arts, game development, interactive media, animation, industrial design, product design, ceramics, sculpture, communication design, and illustration.

Degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cultural and Critical Practices, Illustration, Photography, or Visual Arts. Visual arts majors can choose to specialize in painting, ceramics, drawing, print media, or sculpture and extended practices.
  • Bachelor of Design in Communication Design, Interaction Design, or Industrial Design.
  • Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation, Film and Screen Arts, or New Media and Sound Arts.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.
  • Master of Design with Interdisciplinary and User Experience (UX) options.


In November 2009, Emily Carr University teamed up with Lucasfilm spinoff, Kerner Optical, to announce the establishment of a stereoscopic 3-D research studio.[10] In 2014, Canada Research Chairs Garnet Hertz and Amber Frid-Jimenez joined Emily Carr, making it the first art and design institution in the country with Canada Research Chairs.[11] In 2015, historian and curator Richard Hill joined the university as the third Canada Research Chair, specializing in Indigenous Studies.[12][13]


Coat of arms of Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Granted 20 April 2007
Issuant from flames a Coast Salish spindle whorl charged with a raven all Argent embellished Azure.
Azure six piles reversed throughout Argent three in bend meeting in point three in bend sinister meeting in point all counterchanged.
Two crows Azure standing on a rock Argent above barry wavy Argent and Azure.
Eye Mind And Hand[14]

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  1. ^ "Consolidated Financial Statements Year ended March 31, 2022" (PDF). d1bdilxpumkn65.cloudfront.net. Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 2022. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c "Enrolment by university". www.univcan.ca. Universities Canada. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  3. ^ "New Emily Carr Campus Opens in East Vancouver". vancouversun.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada". archive.gg.ca. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  5. ^ Education, Office of the Premier, Ministry of Advanced (28 April 2008). "B.C. TO ESTABLISH EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN". www2.news.gov.bc.ca. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "An Overview of B.C.'s Public Post-secondary Institutions". gov.bc.ca. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Emily Carr University moving to new campus on Great Northern Way". dailyhive.com. Buzz Connected Media. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Emily Carr University of Art + Design". dsai.ca. Diamond Schmitt. 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Governance". thecdm.ca. Centre for Digital Media. 2022. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Vancouver Sun - Kerner, Emily Carr University team up to produce 3-D movies". Archived from the original on 2009-11-23.
  11. ^ "First Canada Research Chairs Appointed at Emily Carr". 29 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Emily Carr - Richard Hill, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies".
  13. ^ "Richard Hill Appointed as Curator of Canadian Art at Vancouver Art Gallery". Galleries West. 2021-11-01. Retrieved 2022-11-06.
  14. ^ "Emily Carr University of Art + Design". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  15. ^ Stopa, Thalia (July 27, 2015). "Getting to the Roots of Tommy Genesis". BeatRoute Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Cyca, Michelle (6 September 2022). "The Curious Case of Gina Adams: A "Pretendian" investigation". Maclean's. Retrieved 7 September 2022.

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