Sticks and Stones, 2016, Sean Bartoo Recipient of the  EC UPresidential Media Arts Award
Sticks and Stones, 2016, Sean Bartoo
Recipient of the EC UPresidential Media Arts Award

The range of our students’ work and interests are creative and diverse. Students that choose to come to Emily Carr are compelled by the potential of animation to be used for a wide range of media-making voices, styles and goals. Emily Carr University Animation students learn how to be complete animation filmmakers. They learn and practice the skills of pre-production, production, and post-production, as well as how to work independently and how to be a member of team. The materials and modes of aesthetics and styles are as varied as there are students. Our program emphasizes an appreciation for both the artistic and individual voice, as well as the voices and modes of industry production. Students have the opportunities to engage with a range of animation methods and styles, including 2D classical character thru paper and digital, 3D CG, stop-motion puppets, cut-outs, and mixed-media. While we tend to emphasize narrative-styled animation filmmaking here at Emily Carr, our students are encouraged to enjoy both narrative and experimental paths.


The 2016 Emily Carr Animation graduating seniors have created an impressive body of work.

Members of industry can request a password-protected viewing of recent film productions thru our Career + Professional Development Office, via Rachel Armstrong, Manager
o: 604.844.3843

Our general audience can see our 2016 graduating seniors’ individual film trailers, or see a compilation trailer right here.

See our 2015 graduating seniors’ individual film trailers, or see a compilation trailer right here.


Canadian animation filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis both are alumni of Emily Carr animation, and demonstrate the blance of the expressive artistic side with the commercially productive side. They both quickly advanced on to do tremendous work with the National Film Board. Their work, together and separately, is seen in personally developed films as well as commercial results. Their combined efforts have won much recognition an awards such as the Palmes D’Or of Cannes, and the American Academy Award, both for When the Day Breaks.

Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day.

Emily Carr animation alumnus, Diego MacLean, had his 2009 film “The Art of Drowning” made its mark at the festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. It’s based on the eponymous poem by American poet, Billy Collins.

In it we ponder the possibilities of what awaits us at the end of our lives.

Our Emily Carr Animation alumni are highly successful in their involvement in the animation industry, sharing their talents via local Vancouver, all the way to international productions, ranging from small to large studios.

Dave Burgess is a deeply a talented Emily Carr Animation Alumnus, working as an animator all the way back to the 1990s, and is considered one of the most respected animators in the industry. He’s currently Head of Character Animation at Dreamworks Animation Studio.

Dave Burgess, live sketch demo of the Lion King
Dave Burgess, live sketch demo of the Lion King

Some of our more recent alumni include Farhez Rayani, 2010, has been working at numerous studios and eventually landed his dream job as Lighting Supervisor at Pixar. Jacquie Koehler, 2007, has worked with NerdCorps Animation (Vancouver) and recently on Reel FX’s animated feature “Book of Life.” Jeff Simpson has become a freelance visual development artist, creating stunning work for studios such as Universal and Lionsgate. Jeff Chiba Stearns is a great example of someone that decided to go it the independent boutique studio route, starting up his successful studio MeditatingBunny.

© Jeff Simpson, "Snow White and the Hunter" development art
© Jeff Simpson, “Snow White and the Hunter” development art


Recent Emily Carr animation alumni are wonderfully talented and passionate about what they do. These films represent what they’ve dedicated themselves to creating during their 4th year at Emily Carr. These represent years of learning and practicing, developing and making. If you’d like to look at more, check out the Vimeo Channel for our Animation alumni area.

Pet, by Alice Cool (Yating Wang) 2014

Denoument, by Francisco Rubio, 2014

Fallow, by Breanna Cheek, 2014

Cantando, by Chao-Lin (Peter) Sun, 2014

Dissonance, by Lan dai (Anna) Ngoc Ngo, 2014