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  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design

    -- Vancouver, BC 
  • 1399 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • 604-844-3897 or 604-844-3800
  • 604-844-3089
  • [email protected]
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts ((4 years), and Bachelor of fine arts - major in Animation, 4 Years)
    For a position in Art / Animation

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA/BGA, (4 years), Animation, and Bachelor of Fine Arts - major in illustration, 4 Years)
    For a position in Art / Animation

    Master of Applied Arts - Media Stream (MA/MFA, (2 years including a 4 month internship), and Masters of Applied Arts, 2 Years)
    For a position in Art / Animation

    Bachelor of Fine Arts ((4 years), Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Many disciplines as majors - for descriptions see website )
    For a position in Other Gaming Disciplines

  • Campus:Yes         Online: No
  • In state: 3500 US Dollars (USD) per Year
    Out of state: 12500 US Dollars (USD) per Year
    Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
  • Yes
  • Yes
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  • Emily Carr University (ECU) is a provincially funded and accredited postsecondary university offering studio-based programs. ECU confers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate studies include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Design (BDes) with a broad spectrum of concentations. Highlighted for this on-line publication is the Animation major as well as the illustration major both of which are concentrations within the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Graduate studies include a Masters of Applied Arts in three streams: Visual Arts, Design and Media Arts.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts

    First Year

    Foundation students at Emily Carr begin their studies with their first year focused on the general fine arts, which provides the essential framework of a common knowledge and skill base. This rigorous first year consists of studio and critical studies courses and the Foundation Show. Courses in critical studies encourage students to reflect on their professional practice from an informed perspective. They cover the history and theory of art, media or design; cultural studies; humanities; social sciences; and sciences. The Foundation Show is students' first opportunity to display their work in the Concourse Gallery. The Foundation Year is followed by three years of specialized study in Design, Media Arts or Visual Arts.


    Design delivers two programs that emphasize interdisciplinary learning through the intense study of design theories, applications and advanced media. Students pursuing the communication design program gain the analytical, critical and technical skills needed to become adept communicators in such disciplines as interactivity, print, broadcast, digital imaging and typography. The industrial design program combines advanced, technology-intensive design studies with an innovative curriculum that address contemporary 3-D, sustainability and product design issues.

    Media Arts

    Media Arts offers specialized programs in animation, film/video and integrated media. Program curricula are structured around technical instruction, historical and theoretical education, and mentoring and extensive studio work. Students in the animation program study the fundamentals of animation, including courses in production,storyboarding, computer- generated imagery and character animation.Film, Video and Integrated Media students gain fundamental skills inmedia production and pursue courses in one of the core production streams: film, video, performance/installation or digital media.

    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts delivers programs in ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, printmedia, digital visual arts, photography, sculpture, critical and curatorial practices. Visual arts programs drive students to develop technical skills while encouraging the study of creative, expressive, and critical aspects of artistic practices. Programs combine structured coursework with significant independent, self-directed projects. The photography program equips students with the necessary skills to become innovative, practicing artists and entrepreneurial photographers. The program provides a supportive, stimulating environment by encouraging peer interaction and close communication with faculty members.

    Overseas Opportunities & Practical Experience

    Emily Carr provides students with a wide range of learning environments and rewarding experiences through an exchange program with many high-profile institutions in North America, Europe and Australia.Third- and fourth-year students may participate in internships and cooperative education. With the support of a faculty member, students may also pursue directed studies on a project relevant to their program.


    • Innovative, interdisciplinary programs are offered in a wide range of disciplines

    • Small class sizes ensure close interaction with acclaimed faculty

    • Students work and learn in exceptional, advanced facilities

    • Campus located on Vancouver's bustling, scenic Granville Island


    • Animation• Ceramics• Communication Design• Digital Visual Arts• Drawing• General Fine Arts• Industrial Design• Film, Video and Integrated Media• Sculpture• Painting • Photography• Print Media• Illustration

    Study Options:co-op/internship, directed study, international exchange

    Buildings and Facilities:Resources at ECU support student learning and academic programs, as well as the general community. From professional and student exhibition space,to one of Vancouver's best art-dedicated bookstores and library with extensive resources on art, design and contemporary culture, the university plays an important role in Vancouver's cultural community.There is a large technical services department, which includes woodshops, a metal shop, AV services and computer labs, a tool crib and printing services. In addition, there is a writing and learning centre for students who need help with their academic work and studios of every kind for creative projects at the undergraduate and graduate level.

    Admissions Criteria:

    Candidates for admission to Emily Carr must include in their application dossier a completed online application, an application fee, a portfolio and official transcripts of all secondary and postsecondary schools attended. Students must also submit a visual art portfolio uploaded to a online interface. For more detailed information see the university's website. Applications for full-time study beginning in September must be submitted by January 15 (please note 2010 deadlines are earlier then historical timelines due to the Olympics 2010), with portfolio submission due February 1. General undergraduate admission requires a high school GPA of at least C+ (67.5%) and completion of senior level English, with an English proficiency requirement fo rinternational students. Candidates are invited to visit Emily Carr's website at for detailed admission information and portfolio submission guidelines.


    Application Fee: $40 Undergraduate - $75 Graduate

    Domestic + International Student Application Deadlines: Jan 15

    Minimum English Requirements: TOEFL 570 (pbt), 230 (cbt) or 84 (ibt)

    Masters of Applied Arts – Fine Arts/Design/Media Arts

    The Master's of Applied Arts (MAA) program at ECU is an innovative professional degree that prepares students to engage in expanding fields of art, design and media within diverse cultural sectors and creative industries. The two-year full-time program commences in the fall semester, and a four-month internship takes place between the first and second year. The program promotes critical reflection and intellectual inquiry through development of specialized skills and knowledge integral to professional practice. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning and research with practical experience in a variety of settings, from art galleries and museums to creative industries, such as design studios or media-based organizations, depending on the student's areas of interest. While students apply to study in one of three streams - Design, Media Arts o rVisual Arts - the program encourages interaction among all students and faculty in a supportive atmosphere of collaboration.


    The Design stream focuses on professional aspects of Communication and Industrial Design. Students learn to integrate technology, aesthetics and human factors in an applied research environment. The emphasis is on the relationship between knowledge, skills and critical understanding. The program actively promotes sustainability, creative thinking and experimentation.

    Visual Arts

    The Visual Arts stream explores creative and intellectual contexts for artistic experimentation. Students are challenged to think critically, collaborate and engage in cross-disciplinary production.Combining studio practice with rigorous individual and group critiques provides a balanced integration of theory, practice and production.Students have access to advanced technologies and are invited toexplore how various techniques have altered the fabric of artproduction.

    Media Arts

    The Media Arts stream explores experimental, contemporary and innovative concepts for media applications. Students will dynamically examine how images and objects interface with media environments. Emphasis is on expressive exploration of time-based media including sound, image, film, video,text and/or alternate physical feedback triggered through interactivity in a self-reflective critique milieu.


    The MAA program is 21 months with intake in September each year.Individuals holding a four-year Bachelor's degree in Design, Media Arts, Visual Arts, or related field from an accredited college or university, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher are eligible to apply. All candidates for admission must apply for a specific stream: Design, Media Arts or Visual Arts. Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status must present an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based test), 230 (computer-based test) or 84 (internet-based test) are required. All English proficiency test results are due by June 1 for September admission. The TOEFL institution code for ECI is #0032.Graduate applications must be completed online by January 15 with all other requirements completed by February 1 in order to be considered for admission to the fall semester beginning in September. The online application must be completd by payment of C$75 application fee by credit card, official transcripts of all previouspost secondary study, statement of intent, three reference letters and a visual portfolio requirements are to be uploaded to an online interface with some items to be mailed by post/courier (see website for details).


    • Unique summer internship links academic learning and research with practical experience

    • Students work and learn in exceptional, advanced facilities

    Expenses and Financial Support:

    The four-month internship component consists of study and work at ECU on industry-driven projects, or off campus at a company,gallery, museum, or arts-, design-, or media-based organization or industry related to the student's proposed research project. ECU engages with a comprehensive network of corporate, gallery, and non-profit alliances. Teaching intern opportunities may also be available to graduate students.

    International Students:

    Staff members at Emily Carr assist students with academic,personal and career-related inquiries. ECU has an on-site counsellor to deal with student concerns and to advise students who need help with their academic performance. As there is no student housing at the campus, Emily Carr's Student Services helps new international students find accommodation in the city. ECU has a culturally diverse studen tbody with representation from many countries, including the US, Taiwan,Korea, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland,Singapore and the UK.

    Research Areas:

    • 2D and 3D• Animation• Ceramics• Ergonomics• Industrial design• Interactive entertainment