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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
PresidentTrish Kelly (Interim)
ProvostDiyan Achjadi (Interim)
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 and design university located on Great Northern Way, in the False Creek Flats neighbourhood[3] of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Merging studio practice, research and critical theory in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, ECU encourages experimentation at the intersections of art, design, media and technology. According to the QS World University Rankings, ECU has ranked as the top university in Canada for art and design since 2019, and is currently ranked 24th in the world.[4]

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 Audain Faculty of Art, and the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies. ECU also offers non-degree education via its Continuing Studies programs, Certificate programs and Teen Programs.

ECU is also home to the Libby Leshgold Gallery -- a public art gallery dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art by practitioners ranging from emerging and marginalized artists to internationally celebrated makers. The Libby Leshgold Gallery serves a broad and varied community that includes the students, faculty and staff of the university, the arts community, the public of Greater Vancouver and visitors from around the world.

The institution is named for Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, who was known for her Modernist and Post-Impressionist artworks.


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.

Formally established as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1925, the school was renamed the Vancouver School of Art in 1933.

In 1978, ECU was designated a provincial institute and renamed the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in before moving to Granville Island in 1980. In 1995, it opened a second building on its Granville Island campus, at which time it was renamed the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. 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 was launched through the Centre for Digital Media, a campus consortium of four post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

In 2017, ECU moved from its longtime home on Granville Island to a permanent, purpose-built campus on Great Northern Way. The new campus sits on a former industrial site within the False Creek Flats neighbourhood in East Vancouver.[5] Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design's arms, supporters, flag, and badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on April 20, 2007.[6] 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.[7] The university began its operation under its current name on September 1, 2008.[8]


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 the False Creek Flats neighbourhood of Vancouver.[9] Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and completed by EllisDon in 2017, the building houses student commons spaces, galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and three lecture theatres.[10] 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.[10] The building's colour palette was selected by faculty members in honour of Canadian painter Emily Carr. In addition, several Indigenous design elements were incorporated into the design of the building.[10]

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.[11]


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:


In November 2009, Emily Carr University teamed up with Lucasfilm spinoff, Kerner Optical, to announce the establishment of a stereoscopic 3-D research studio.[12] 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.[13] In 2015, historian and curator Richard Hill joined the university as the third Canada Research Chair, specializing in Indigenous Studies.[14][15]

Further information: Emily Carr University Library


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[16]

Notable people


Faculty and emeriti

See also


  1. ^ "Consolidated Financial Statements Year ended March 31, 2022" (PDF). Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 2022. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c "Enrolment by university". Universities Canada. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  3. ^ Vancouver, City of. "False Creek Flats Plan". Retrieved 2023-11-07.
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings for Art & Design 2023". Top Universities. Retrieved 2023-11-03.
  5. ^ "New Emily Carr Campus Opens in East Vancouver". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  7. ^ Education, Office of the Premier, Ministry of Advanced (28 April 2008). "B.C. TO ESTABLISH EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN". Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "An Overview of B.C.'s Public Post-secondary Institutions". Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Emily Carr University moving to new campus on Great Northern Way". Buzz Connected Media. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  10. ^ a b c "Emily Carr University of Art + Design". Diamond Schmitt. 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Governance". Centre for Digital Media. 2022. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Vancouver Sun - Kerner, Emily Carr University team up to produce 3-D movies". Archived from the original on 2009-11-23.
  13. ^ "First Canada Research Chairs Appointed at Emily Carr". 29 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Emily Carr - Richard Hill, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies".
  15. ^ "Richard Hill Appointed as Curator of Canadian Art at Vancouver Art Gallery". Galleries West. 2021-11-01. Retrieved 2022-11-06.
  16. ^ "Emily Carr University of Art + Design". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  17. ^ Stopa, Thalia (July 27, 2015). "Getting to the Roots of Tommy Genesis". BeatRoute Magazine. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Cyca, Michelle (6 September 2022). "The Curious Case of Gina Adams: A "Pretendian" investigation". Maclean's. Retrieved 7 September 2022.