The photography program at Emily Carr University emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to the medium. It has a strong basis in conceptual, technical and historical knowledge, and it prepares students to become innovative practitioners within contemporary culture.
The curriculum covers a wide range of processes from archival printing to digital imaging, including a number of elective courses addressing the use of large format cameras, non-silver processes, installations, studio and projection lighting, projected imagery, image and text, and directorial work.
The program begins with a structured year establishing a solid grounding in photographic art practices, including theory and techniques, film and digital fundamentals, and art history. This is followed by two years in which the students develop their knowledge, skills and concepts through classes, seminars, self-directed projects, readings, exhibitions and professional practice studies. By graduation, students in the photography program will have produced a substantial body of work which reflects their individual interests.