Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson has made the following statement in recognition of the 90th anniversary of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
“Emily Carr University has evolved since first opening its doors to students in 1925, and it is now poised to reach new heights as an educational and economic engine for the creative economy in British Columbia.
“Emily Carr University began as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. The university has responded to demands and technological advances over the years, providing programs including fine and visual arts, interactive media arts and by developing a dedicated research area. Over the years it has also seen many other exciting developments— moving to Granville Island in 1980, being granted the authority to award degrees in its own name in 1995 and receiving university status in 2008.
“Emily Carr University alumni are making significant, positive impacts around the world. The university sees approximately 2,000 full-time students each year, with its graduates working across a range of creative sectors as artists, designers, makers, entrepreneurs and scholars.
“The future of Emily Carr University looks just as bright as its past. Construction is currently underway on its new campus at Great Northern Way, anticipated to welcome students mid-2017. The new campus will offer state-of-the-art technology for learning, collaboration and research. It will include an outdoor public and interactive space, a new gallery, a large theatre and other public areas that welcome visitors and contribute to cultural offerings in the city.
“Congratulations to Emily Carr University students, faculty, administration and alumni on 90 years of creative excellence and ongoing developments.”