November 22, 2021

MFA and MDes programs

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Courtesy of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

We are seeking serious practitioners, thinkers, designers and artists for our Masters of Fine Arts (full-residency and low-residency options) and Masters of Design (Interdisciplinary or Interaction Design concentrations).

Situated in Vancouver, Canada, a unique urban location with close proximity to nature, ECU is uniquely enmeshed in a vibrant cultural scene. A strong legacy of artists-run centres, an emerging start-up community, and a deep commitment to environmental justice all act to bolster and set the foundation for leading-edge design and art propositions.

For critical thinkers and artists who want to take their creative practice to the next level, an MFA at Emily Carr will allow you to experiment, research, and explore in a unique studio environment.

Our curriculum is designed to encourage a rigorous and innovative approach to contemporary art production — with the flexibility to support your established practice and research initiatives.

The full-residency MFA is perfect for artists seeking an on-campus, concentrated academic experience where they can enjoy year-round access to our expansive labs, studios, facilities, and research centres.

The low-residency MFA takes two years to complete, with a hybrid delivery model of online coursework and on-campus summer residencies. As a student, you will attend and contribute to innovative and interactive online coursework during the fall and spring terms, and intensive on-campus residencies in the summer terms.

Our immersive Master of Design is for designers who aspire to create experiences and products that transform our local and global communities. Grounded in critical theory and material experimentation, our programs are actively engaged in the ecology, ethics and politics of design.

Our programs are built on critical, practice-based creative research. Throughout your time at Emily Carr, faculty, staff, and peers will contribute to your professional development by mentoring, challenging, and supporting you.

Our MDes Interdisciplinary pathway is a two-year, on-campus degree that centres creative research and material exploration. This degree takes a human-centered approach to design, examining our communities’ social, technological, and experiential needs. A part-time, three-year program option is also available.

Our MDes Interaction pathway is a two-year, on-campus degree that includes coursework, creative research, and material exploration. The MDes Interaction program has a UX/UI focus, but goes far beyond that, too. Students investigate and challenge design approaches related to nature, services and systems, human relations with technology, ethics in data, and much more.

Contact masters [​at​] for more information or join us for the MFA prospective graduate students and alumni online meetup on November 23 to hear from recent ECU Master of Fine Arts alum about their grad school experience.

To prepare to apply, visit the Emily Carr University website to get started.

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