Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) (formerly the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) is a public post-secondary art school and university in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, the first degree-granting institution in British Columbia created specifically for students of both the visual and performing arts. It was named after the Canadian artist Emily Carr in 1978.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Other name
MottoEye, Mind, and Hand
TypeArt and design
Academic affiliations
CBIE, AICAD Universities Canada
ChancellorCarleen Thomas
PresidentGillian Siddall
ProvostTrish Kelly
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates1,610 full-time, 154 part-time (as of 2019)[1]

49°16′3.846″N 123°5′38.8644″W / 49.26773500°N 123.094129000°W / 49.26773500; -123.094129000Coordinates: 49°16′3.846″N 123°5′38.8644″W / 49.26773500°N 123.094129000°W / 49.26773500; -123.094129000
Colours   Black & white
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Mountains are visible through a wall of windows at Emily Carr University.

Emily Carr is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one 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's degrees—BFAs 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 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 28th, 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 and Design.[3] The university began its operation under the new name on September 1, 2008.[4]

On September 5, 2017, the university moved from its home on Granville Island to a new campus at 520 East 1st Avenue, near Great Northern Way between Main and Clark streets. The purpose-built building was a former industrial site of Finning International, and is in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of East Vancouver.[5]

In 2019 the University's library became a fine fee institution in order to improve patron behaviour and the experience of students.[6]


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.

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

University researchEdit

In November 2009, Emily Carr University teamed up with Lucasfilm spinoff, Kerner Studios, to announce the establishment of a stereoscopic 3-D research studio.[7] In 2014, two Canada Research Chairs joined Emily Carr, making it the first art and design institution in the country with Canada Research Chairs.[8] In 2015, a third Canada Research Chair joined the university.[9]


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 to assist students in finding accommodation.[1]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable faculty and emeritiEdit


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[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Emily Carr University of Art + Design". Universities Canada. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "New Emily Carr Campus Opens in East Vancouver". vancouversun.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. ^ Webb, Hillary (2019-08-27). "Fine Free". www.ecuad.ca. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  7. ^ "Vancouver Sun - Kerner, Emily Carr University team up to produce 3-D movies". Archived from the original on 2009-11-23.
  8. ^ "First Canada Research Chairs Appointed at Emily Carr".
  9. ^ "Emily Carr - Richard Hill, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies".
  10. ^ Stopa, Thalia (July 27, 2015). "Getting to the Roots of Tommy Genesis". BeatRoute Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Cyca, Michelle (6 September 2022). "The Curious Case of Gina Adams: A "Pretendian" investigation". Maclean's. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Emily Carr University of Art and Design". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 4 January 2022.

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