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Emily Carr's Summer Institute for Teens preps students for future in art + design

Once again this summer, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is offering the Summer Institute for Teens.

From July 2 to July 26, 2013, this intensive summer program for teens focuses on giving students in grade 10, 11 and 12 the skills they need to begin their education in art + design. This innovative program began in 2006, and since then 500 teens have participated in the Summer Institute for Teens.

The Summer Institute for Teens at Emily Carr is a pre-university program that helps teens to ready themselves for an education at an art and design university, through an immersive one-month experience that engages teens aged 15 to 18 in intensive studio practice and visual culture.

It provides students with an introduction to the rigorous full-time study of art, design and media in a four-week, hands-on, studio-based program. This pre-university program is ideal for those students who want to develop both a portfolio and a set of core skills in preparation for post-secondary training in art or design.

Hands-on studio practice is complemented by discussion, in-class critique, visits to Vancouver art galleries. The program allows students access to the faculty and facilities at Emily Carr, giving them a head start in terms of critical understanding as well as the opportunity to learn about techniques and technology that they would otherwise have limited access to.

“Emily Carr is a very competitive school to get into,” says program coordinator Lea Toulouse, “the Summer Institute for Teens gives students the chance to build a portfolio, and gain valuable experience working in an art + design University. This allows them to be more confident when applying to University, and also gives them the opportunity to learn about arts education and make informed decisions about their future.”

The program also offers a valuable experience to parents who are unsure of how to begin their childrens’ education in art + design. By providing portfolio development, as well as acting as an access point to Emily Carr, teens and their parents gain a better understanding of what an undergraduate education in art + design entails.

The program also allows students to work in specialized fields of study, called studios. The studios help to focus to their learning experience at Emily Carr. The studios are:

  • Graphic Design

  • Sculpture

  • Graphic Novel + Comics

  • Fashion + Textiles

  • Architecture + Urban Design

  • Digital Photography

  • Drawing (SOLD OUT)

  • Painting (SOLD OUT)

  • Illustration (SOLD OUT)

This 4 week intensive program culminates in the teens showcasing their work in a week long exhibition at Emily Carr’s Concourse gallery, July 27 – August 3, 2012. This exhibition gives teens the rare chance to install and exhibit their work in a gallery setting.

To find out more about the Summer Institute for Teens 2013 check out the Emily Carr Teens website at




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