Summer Institute For Teens
Our one-month program for high school students who want to expand their portfolio in one of 10 studios.

About / FAQs

Can credits from this program be transferred to universities?

There are no credits allocated to the program. However, participation in the program will increase the student’s portfolio and allow them to be more competitive when they do apply to post-secondary institutions.

When do I receive my certificate of completion?

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have their certificates mailed to their home address in August. Please contact us if you have not yet received your certificate by September 2016.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

At this time, we offer two scholarships for students of Aboriginal ancestry. Scholarship applications are now available online and due April 13, 2017.

Please note: Do not register in the Institute if you are planning to attend as a scholarship student as the scholarship admission is run separately and we cannot refund your tuition if you are awarded a scholarship.

How big are the studios?

All studios are limited to 15 students.

Are there language requirements for the Summer Institute for Teens?

All classes are taught in English. Students whose first language is not English should note that they are required to be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. As a guideline, we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 4.5 or 6.0 for lecture courses (such as Visual Culture).

Do tuition prices include taxes?


Do you provide housing?

Emily Carr University of Art + Design offers housing through the Langara homestay program. Please see our accommodations page for more details.

Can I arrange my own housing?

Students can make their own housing arrangements if they would prefer to do so. Students may choose to stay with a family member or friend during their time at Emily Carr or stay in town with a parent or guardian.

Are students allowed to miss classes?

We encourage students to attend all classes. If they are going to miss a class, parents or guardians must notify the program coordinator via email or phone as soon as possible. If students miss more than 15% of the program, they will not receive their certificate of completion.

What is the application deadline?

Final Registration Deadline: June 19, 2017. Early Bird (with tuition discount): December 16, 2016.

Are lunches provided?

Lunches are not provided, however the University is located near the Granville Island Market, and there is a great cafeteria at Emily Carr.

Are supplies included in the tuition fee?

A kit of basic art supplies is included with tuition. Students can expect to spend up to $100 on additional materials specific to their studio.

Are transportation cost, such as bus passes, included in the tuition fee?

No, transportation and bus passes are not included in the Teens & Youth tuition fees. Visit Translink for bus fare information.

Do students have Emily Carr Library access?

Yes, for the duration of the Summer Institute for Teens.

What happens if a studio is cancelled?

Students will be contacted and then placed into their second studio choice.

Do students get to keep the artwork created in their studio?

Yes, students can pick up their artwork after the completion of their exhibition. Artwork is kept on-site for one week after the student exhibition. Please make arrangements to have artwork picked up or mailed to you. Arrangements must be made prior to the pick up deadline. Emily Carr University does not take responsibility for keeping or storing students’ works.

Coming from Outside BC?

Summer Institute students from out of town can take advantage of our homestay option.

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Photo + Video Gallery!

Check out our gallery of photos and videos of past Summer Institute for Teens to see more of what it is like to spend your Summer at Emily Carr!


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