Research at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research in the fields of visual arts, media arts and design

Areas of expertise

Our applied research areas are nimble, activated and integrated to facilitate interdisciplinary work on the cutting edge. Collectively, via our Research Centres, Research Studios, and Canada Research Chairs, Emily Carr University talent creates and captures emerging opportunities for students, artists, faculty and business leaders. Faculty members' current research activities integrate with the curriculum, increasing qualifications of our students while advancing the disciplines of art, design and media.

Research services

Rapid prototyping, Film and video production and post-production (including stereoscopic 3D), Design research and application, Motion capture

Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer durables
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized Lab 



Integrated Motions Studio (previously Mocap)

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A large black-box for projects needing motion capture or tracking, stereoscopic projection, or large installation space.

The Basically Good Media Lab

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We are committed to seeing old and new technologies through fresh eyes for cultural, social, and economic benefit.

The Studio for Critical Making

  • 3D printers and scanners
  • Laser cutter
  • Electronics prototyping equipment
  • Computer equipment for design and fabrication of 2D and 3D objects, photo and video editing
  • Photo and video cameras
  • 3D editing software

A research facility that explores how humanities-based modes of critical inquiry – like the arts and ethics – can be directly applied to building more engaging product concepts and information technologies. The lab works to replace the traditional engineering goals of efficiency, speed or usability with more complex cultural, social and human-oriented values.

Studio for Extensive Aesthetics (SEA)

  • MacBook Pros and iPads
  • 3D scanner and printer
  • Photo and video cameras for outdoor data capture
  • High resolution projectors
  • Colour printers

SEA investigates the roles of art, design and technology in contemporary society. The studio focuses on the cultural mechanics and aesthetics of the network and the data produced by it. Transdisciplinary in nature, SEA operates through artistic and computational means to produce artworks and experimental platforms.

Chair in Indigenous Studies

  • Broadcast quality mobile Audio/Video Studio equipment: MacbookPro, production camera, microphones.
  • Post-production editing station
  • Scanner and printer

Research focuses on the efforts of contemporary Indigenous artists to create space for their own discourse and to access institutions of the art world that had previously excluded them. The work will generate a large research archive with significant potential for use by researchers, teachers, students, artists, and others.

Material Matters

  • 3D Printers
  • CAD Station with Autodesk Suite and Solidworks.
  • 3D Image and capture technology
  • 3D modeling software
  • Experimental material production equipment
  • Digital Jacquard loom
  • Felting loom
  • Industry heat press and cutting equipment

Material Matters of Emily Carr University supports the community of people and enterprise interested in 3D printing, emergent technology, media, programming, manufacturing, design and creative innovation.

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • National Research Council‘s Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Mitacs
  • Mozilla
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Fraser Health
  • Providence Health Care
  • Rayne Longboards