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Emily Carr Continuing Studies helps teens jumpstart their education in art and design

Once again this summer, Emily Carr Continuing Studies is offering the Summer Institute for Teens. From July 3 – July 27, 2012, 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 and design. This innovative program began in 2006, and since 2009 has introduced over 200 teens to art and design at Emily Carr.

The Summer Institute for Teens 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 Amy Clausen. “The Summer Institute for Teens gives students the chance to build a portfolio, and gain valuable experience working in an art and 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 and 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 and 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 (almost full)
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing (almost full)
  • Painting (almost full)
  • Graphic Novel
  • Textile Forms
  • Illustration
  • Architecture and Urban Design
  • Digital Photography (almost full)

*Several studios are filling up very quickly – students should register as soon as possible to ensure that they are able to register in their preferred studio. 

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.

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