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    Emily Carr University of Arts and Design
    Established on: 1925

    Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a public post-secondary art school and university called Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU), originally known as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

    The first university in British Columbia to award degrees. It was founded in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts with the express purpose of training students in the performing and visual arts. In 1978, it was named Emily Carr after the Canadian artist

    It is the only authorized public post-secondary institution in British Columbia that specializes in teaching and conducting research in the creative industries. Supporting investigation and experimentation at the nexus of media, technology, media, and art.

    The institution creates a dynamic, multidisciplinary atmosphere where students are at the center. Critical theory and studio practice are combined with community participation, research, and exhibition to provide contemporary undergraduate and graduate-level degrees, certifications, and opportunities for lifelong learning in art, design, and media.

    Empowering students with a transformational approach and a competitive advantage in the information and creative economies is a strategic priority for Emily Carr, which is acknowledged as Canada's most research-intensive art and design institution.

    Ninety-two percent of graduates contribute to the cultural and creative industries through their professions, whether as entrepreneurs or within a wide range of top firms. Faculty and alums are globally renowned, award-winning artists and thought leaders.

    Courses offered for the Bachelor's level program.

    Critical and Cultural Practices

    Illustration Industrial Design

    Interaction Design


    Visual Arts

    2D & Experimental Animation (BMA)

    3D Computer Animation Major (BMA)

    Communication Design Film & Screen Arts (BMA)

    New Media & Sound Arts (BMA)

    Courses offered for the Master's level program

    Master's Degree in Design (Interaction) (MDes) (Taught) 

    Master's Degree in Design (Interdisciplinary) (MDes) (Taught)

    Master's Degree in Fine Arts (Full-Residency) (Taught)

    Master's Degree in Fine Arts (Low-Residency) (Taught)


    The goal of Emily Carr is to become an international hub of excellence for media, design, and art teaching and research.


    The learning community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design is committed to excellence and innovation in the visual, media, and creative arts.


    The Emily Carr University of Art + Design is dedicated to ensuring that our degrees, programs, and courses are pertinent to student needs and societal interests.

    Research in the visual arts, media arts, and design, which includes a variety of techniques like creative inquiry and artistic creation, is essential for local and international societies' cultural and economic development.

    University Ranking

    Emily Carr University of Arts and Design is one of Canada's finest public institutions. In the QS World University Rankings for 2022, it is placed 24.

    University highlights

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    Tuition Fees for International Students Yearly



    September, January, and May.

    Main intakes

    The main intakes are in September, January, and May.


    Entrance Scholarships

    • International entrance scholarships range from 2000 to 5000 Canadian dollars or study at any level.

    CIBC Award for Excellence Scholarship

    • CIBC gives out two $2500 entrance scholarships. If you apply to Emily Carr, you will be eligible for one immediately. The decision will be based on both your artistic and academic merit.

    Renée Van Halm + Pietro Widmer Entrance Scholarship

    • One $1000 Entrance Scholarship to a student entering the undergraduate Foundation program.

    Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts

    • The 'Fund' will provide one $1000 entrance scholarship to a South Asian-Canadian female student.

    Emily Carr Tuition Scholarships for students continuing into second, third + fourth-year

    • Awarded to students in the form of a tuition reduction in the following fall and spring semesters

    Application Process/ documents needed for admission

    Academic Documents (For Bachelor)

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th-grade

    Academic Documents (For Masters)

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree in 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    • Passport
    • Experience letter
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2-3 LORs 
    • GRE/GMAT Scores
    • Application Fees
    • Proof of Scholarships - If any
    • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    • College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirement



    TOEFL (internet)











    Q. Can I work as a student in Canada?

    1. Yes, International students in Canada can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during school terms.

    Q. Does the Emily Carr University of Arts and Design offer financial aid to International Students?

    1. Emily Carr University of Arts and Design offers scholarships to international students. You can find details about scholarships in our scholarship section.

    Q. What are the different intakes at the Emily Carr University of Arts and Design?

    1. Generally, September, January, and May are when intakes occur.

    Q. What are the fees to study at the university?

    1. The fees depend upon the courses you apply for. They range from $2,182.14-$11,553.63 (CAD) per year.

    Q. What is the enrolment fee for international students?

    1. The enrolment fee for international students is 85 CAD, which is non-refundable.



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