Emily Carr University of Art and Design

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Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Motto Eye, Mind, and Hand
Type Art and design
Established 1925
Chancellor John (Jake) C. Kerr
President Dr. Ronald (Ron) Burnett
Provost Dr. David Bogen
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1828 full-time, 310 part-time
Postgraduates 55 [1]
Location Canada Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
49°16′14″N 123°8′0″W / 49.27056°N 123.13333°W / 49.27056; -123.13333Coordinates: 49°16′14″N 123°8′0″W / 49.27056°N 123.13333°W / 49.27056; -123.13333
Colours      Black
Nickname ECU
Affiliations CBIE, AICAD
Website ecuad.ca
ECUAD Logo.jpg

Emily Carr University of Art and Design (formerly the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) is a public post-secondary University located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, it is named after Canadian artist Emily Carr.

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design's arms, supporters, flag, and badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on April 20, 2007.[2] On April 28, 2008, the Provincial Government announced its intention to amend the University Act at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia to recognize Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as a full university, named Emily Carr University of Art and Design.[3] The university began its operation under the new name on September 1, 2008.[4]


Emily Carr University of Art and Design, south building, main campus, Granville Island

Emily Carr is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. Formerly known as the Vancouver School of Art, it was established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. In 1978, ECU was designated a provincial institute before moving to Granville Island in 1980. A second building on Granville Island was opened in 1995. In 1995, ECU was granted authority to offer bachelor degrees: BFA and BDes and honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), Honorary Doctor of Laws (D.Laws)and Honorary Doctor of Technology (D.Technology). In 1997, ECU was granted authority to offer Bachelor of Media Arts degrees (BMA). In 2006, ECI launched a Master of Applied Arts (MAA) and opened the Intersections Digital Studio. In 2007, the Great Northern Way consortium made up of Emily Carr, UBC, SFU and BCIT launched the Master of Digital Media program (MDM) at the Great Northern Way Campus.


Emily Carr offers undergraduate degrees in visual arts, media arts and design. The Master of Applied Arts degree focuses on the specialized skills and knowledge needed to link art, design and media to industry and professional practice.

Emily Carr has an articulation agreement with Vancouver Island School of Art.


Emily Carr specializes in sustainable design, photography, new media, visual arts, media, interactive media, animation, industrial design, product design, ceramics, sculpture, communication design, Illustration and fine arts.

The president of the institute is Dr. Ron Burnett who has been in the position for 14 years.

Degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Film/Video, Illustration, Visual Arts, General Fine Arts, or Photography
  • Bachelor of Design in Communication Design, Interaction Design or Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Media Arts
  • Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Arts, Design and Media Arts

University research[edit]

Emily Carr University has launched Intersections Digital Studios, a research facility. Students and faculty have access to equipment such as a motion capture studio for research in animation, ergonomics and interactive entertainment, a CNC machine for cutting prototypes in new shapes and forms, thermal printers, spatial, full-body and flatbed scanners for work in 2D and 3D, a Bailey kiln for proto-typing in ceramics and industrial design, digital HD video cameras, and an Apple Xserve server system for high speed rendering, as well as the more traditional resources available at the University.

In November 2009, Emily Carr University teamed up Lucasfilm spinoff, Kerner Studios, announced the establishment of a stereoscopic 3-D research studio.[5]

Information technology[edit]

Information technology includes e-mail and web access, online registration, library computer workstations, word processing, curriculum labs, digital editing suites, digital prototyping equipment and a completely wireless campus. Smart classrooms are being introduced across the campus. The school’s gigabit LAN is connect to CA*4net.

Buildings and features[edit]

The library in the South Building

The Emily Carr University main campus is located on Granville Island in Vancouver, separated from the downtown peninsula by False Creek. It is composed of the South building and the North building, the latter of which was once a flour processing factory. The South building, designed by Patkau Architects, was completed in 1995.

The university has expanded its campus with studio facilities on West 3rd Ave and at the Great Northern Way Campus, an educational consortium operated in conjunction with BCIT, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University on 22 acres (8.90 ha) of downtown land donated to the educational institutions by the Finning Corporation.

There is a student union, and a small radio station, Radio Free Emily. Radio Free Emily can be found at frequency 89.3, but the station's weak signal strength makes it only possible to listen to it on or near Granville Island, or online.


The university does not directly operate a residence, although student residence is available at the Centre for Digital Media in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The school is located near a large residential area offering off-campus housing options and has established a student housing website, http://housing.eciad.ca/, to assist students in finding accommodation.[6]


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