All course shells are here for 2019 Spring.

This 5 day intensive workshop serves as a research and design laboratory for students from across Emily Carr to work on a single theme. The workshop explores design as a medium through which we can instigate critical discussion and debate while encouraging more active forms of intervention and agency.
Students explore strategies and practices of critical design turning cultural observation and analysis into design projects with instantiated outcomes. By revealing and disrupting the invisible set narratives, beliefs and ideologies within contemporary culture, students learn to assess and identify social patterns and changes and to communicate those patterns using imaginative design methods.

This course provides students with the opportunity to propose and develop a self-directed body of work. Sections are offered in a team-taught model with an interdisciplinary focus. Through artistic production, research, discussions, writing and critique, students are expected to increase their understanding of the content and context of their process and production as well as their knowledge of contemporary art. Students meet regularly for group meetings as well as in one-to-one tutorials with their instructor(s). Critiques and discussions complement studio production where considerable independent time and maturity is expected.

Priority is given to CRCP, ILUS, PHOT, and VIAR students in Year 4. Students outside of the registration priority group may register/waitlist for this course as of the registration rule release date.

This course provides a thematic focus on a scientific subject and its relationship to cross disciplinary applications. Topics may include anatomy and biology among other branches of study. In addition toan examination of how scientific methods are understood and applied, students will also learn different conceptual approaches to understanding scientific thinking and process. (This course will fulfill the science requirement for students going on to a diploma in education.)


We'll explore topics related to health and the things that affect it. Looking closely at what’s occurring within aspects of the human biological system, the course invites students to explore health, illness and imbalance as well as approaches to health care treatment as these relate to our other work in art and design. Delving into medical material and shaping thoughtful questions for science, students control the direction of their research and notice how our ways of thinking about the body connect to what we know--our maps, our imaging, our analogies. We look at the many ways the body learns in health and in ill health: the conditions and drugs that affect how nerves function; conditions of the brain; the effects of procrastination, play and practice; the ways cancer can manifest in tissues; what science has learned about sexual function and dysfunction; how we manage cancer research and bring attention to it in art works; the anatomy and physiology of the heart's systems of muscle, conduction and circulation; how viruses (like AIDS or H3N2) cause the immune system to act against the human host. These special topics invite interest in these and other avenues of research for the student.

SOCS-201-S090-2019  Intro to Cultural Theory 

What is ‘a body’? This course will explore the differing conceptions and manifestations of a ‘body’, not only human, animal and importantly, non-human beings, but also, to interrogate other expressions of ‘body’ such as ‘something that ‘embodies or gives concrete reality to a thing’ or as ‘a sensible object in physical space’ or as the ‘denseness, fullness, or firmness of texture’ or the ‘fullness and richness of flavor’ etc.  Students will be asked to engage in online discussion forums, group chats and crits in response to presentations, set readings, films etc., in addition to producing written work and a report on how the concept and aesthetics of ‘the body’ informs their own art practice.