Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Emily Carr’s purpose-built, new campus is a light-filled space designed to foster innovation and collaboration. With state-of-the-art program space, as well as flexible gathering areas, the building encourages interdisciplinary community with accessibility and sustainability at its core.

The dedicated exhibition spaces offer exciting opportunities for multimedia and large-scale works while peripheral spaces present extraordinary flexibility for innovative exhibitions.

At the intersection of east and west Vancouver on former industrial land, Emily Carr’s new campus is at the forefront of the new heart of Vancouver’s creative industries.

  • Transfer Students

    ECUAD welcomes university-level transfer applicants from a variety of post-secondary institutions in addition to our partners listed below. Second and third year undergraduate transfer applicants will be considered on a space-availability basis. It is important to plan ahead as some Emily Carr University majors seldom have space for transfer applicants.


    If you are a Foundation Year applicant to Emily Carr University, and you possess previous studies, please submit those official transcripts with your Foundation application. Your official transcripts will be reviewed for transfer credit that will fit your desired major.


    As a transfer student, you must:


    *If you are applying to transfer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts majors, you may qualify for exemption from the requirement for portfolio submission based on your GPA academic standing. Details are below.


    Contact the admission office by email to start the conversasion about your candidacy.

  • Transfer Credit Guidelines

    Where possible, Emily Carr transfers course-by-course: we match an Emily Carr course and its requirements with one of your individual transferable courses.


    A number of guidelines apply:


    1. Each course that is transferred must be passed with a C (60%) grade or better.
    2. The maximum transfer credit permitted is 50% of the Emily Carr degree requirements, or:
      1. 63 credits for a 129 credit degree program;
      2. 60 credits for a 120 credit degree program.
    3. Only courses that will fit the Emily Carr degree requirements will be transferred.
    4. Final official transcripts are required before transfer credit will be awarded.
    5. Practicums, Field Placements, Work Placements, Internships, and/or Coop credits earned at other institutions are not eligible for transfer credit towards Emily Carr degree programs.
  • Academic Requirements for All Transfer Students

    Transferability of Previous Courses

    To be considered as a transfer applicant, you must have completed appropriate academic, fine art, design, or media arts-based studio courses at an accredited post-secondary art school, university, or college. To be considered by Emily Carr University, your transfer courses must be considered transferable within your own province’s or country’s accredited universities.

    Please Note: Before applying as a transfer student all applicants should research their home institution’s credit transferability to their province’s or country’s universities. More information on transfer credits from BC colleges and university-colleges can be found on the BC Transfer Guide website.

    Grade Point Average for all Transfer Students

    You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to 3.0, depending on the transfer institute, to be considered for admission to the second or third year of study. Please refer to the list of current transfer, partnership, and articulation agreements for detailed information.

    First Year (Foundation) transfers

    Admission for transfer students applying to First Year Foundation is based on portfolio, previous academic standing and English proficiency (if applicable). The minimum cumulative GPA required is 2.0. Please note that applicants must indicate all accredited post-secondary institutions attended on the application form, and submit supporting transcripts for all of these institutions.

    Minimum credits for second year transfer

    To be considered for transfer into second year undergraduate studies at Emily Carr, you must possess a minimum of 30 credits including:

    • 18 Visual Art studio credits;
    • 12 academic credits including;
    • 6 English Literature credits; and
    • 6 Art History credits.

    These Foundation Year Requirements are the same for all majors. If you possess these transferable credits, you may apply to the second year of any major.

    Applicants from Quebec with a minimum two-year or three-year Academic Diplôme (DEC) in Fine Art may apply for transfer to second year only.


    Minimum credits for third year transfer


    To be considered for transfer into third year undergraduate studies at Emily Carr, you must possess a minimum of 60 credits including a minimum of:

    • 18 first year visual art studio credits; and
    • 18 second year visual art studio credits.


    If you are a third year transfer student, you should contact our Admissions Advisor by email to start a conversation about candidacy.


    The maximum transfer credit permitted is 60 credits towards the 120 credit degree programs.


    Credits are transferred only if they fit the preferred major. Some Emily Carr majors’ courses are not offered by other schools, and so if you have more than 30 credits of transferable course work, you may still need to apply to second year of your preferred major.


    Some majors are very competitive, and Emily Carr is not able to offer every qualified applicant a seat.

  • BFA Visual Arts Portfolio Exemption for Transfer Applicants from BC Post-Secondary Institutions

    If you are a transfer applicant from a BC university, college or university college, you may qualify for a portfolio exemption if you:


    1. are applying for Visual Arts major – no other majors qualify for this exemption
    2. meet the minimum credit requirements for either second year transfer or third year transfer (see the academic requirements above for details)
    3. have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale over all courses attempted


    If you are a BC transfer applicant seeking a BFA Visual Arts portfolio exemption, you must submit proof of your GPA by official transcript(s) by the application deadline


    More information on transfer credits from B.C. colleges and university colleges can be found on the BC Transfer Guide website.


    If you are an applicant with transfer credit from both BC post-secondary institutions and post-secondary institutions outside of BC, you should contact the Admissions Office by email to determine whether or not you are eligible for the portfolio exemption.

  • Transfer Applicants from Institutes of Technology or Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology

    Students with completed two-year diplomas from Canadian institutes of technology or applied arts and technology may be awarded transfer credit based on appropriate overall studio based background. Transfer credit is generally granted only for completed programs as a block studio transfer to first year and is not evaluated on a course by course basis. Academic course transfer is generally not awarded.

  • Additional Resources


    Admissions Office:


    Transfer Credit

Transfer Information
  • BC Transfer Student
    For details on BC Transfer Student Admission, check here.
  • Out-of-Province Transfer Student
    For details on Out-of-Province Transfer Student Admission, check here.
  • Mature Student & PLAR

    Non Matriculated Adult Applicants – This admission category is limited to residents of Canada who are at least 21 years old who have obtained at least a “C” grade in a senior level English literature course.


    Special Note: If you have not completed your Secondary School Diploma, it is strongly recommended that you enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses and complete the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (or equivalent).

  • International Student
    For details on applying to Emily Carr as an International Student, check here.
  • How to Apply & EducationPlannerBC

    Learn more about admissions at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and apply online.


    Emily Carr University of Art and Design is a BC public institution authorized under provincial legislation to deliver post-secondary education and training in B.C. Use EducationPlannerBC.ca to explore and apply for admission to BC public post-secondary institutions.

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