Registration Policies

Admission to individual courses is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly recommended as class sizes are limited. Unless otherwise indicated, students in Continuing Studies (CS) courses must be at least 18 years old by the course start date.

Registration Deadlines
You are encouraged to register at least five days before a course’s start date to ensure your seat. If seats are available, registrations may be accepted up to one day prior to the first day of the course. Students who do not appear on the instructor’s course list will not be permitted to attend. Please note that no registrations are accepted after a course has started.

Your tuition fees cover the cost of the course and, in some cases, materials provided by the instructor. However, most courses require students to purchase additional materials. Fees are payable at the time of registration. Payment can be made through cash, debit and credit. Failure to make payment within 24 hours of registration will result in being removed from your course(s).

Course Materials
Most Continuing Studies courses require that you purchase supplies. A list of required and recommended items is included in your registration statement and available online at Some supplies are available at a discounted rate for Continuing Studies students from Opus Framing & Art Supplies on Granville Island, and at Petrov’s Art & Craft Supplies in North Vancouver. You must present your course registration confirmation/receipt to receive your discount.

Most Continuing Studies courses are open to everyone, regardless of their experience level. However, we also offer advanced courses for more experienced students. If a course requires a prerequisite course or its equivalent, we highly recommend that you take the prerequisite course prior to taking the advanced course. Please note: If you are not at the level required for the course, the instructor reserves the right to recommend you be transferred into a course that is more suited to your skill level.

Language Requirements
All courses are taught in English. Students whose first language is not English should note that they are required to be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. As a guideline, we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 4.5 for studio courses and 6.0 for lecture courses. Please note: If you are not at an appropriate language level, Continuing Studies reserves the right to move you to a course more suitable to your skill level.

Registration Statement
When you register online, you will automatically receive a “Class/Payment Acknowledgement” email with links to your course timetable, room location and materials list online. If you do not receive an email, please make sure your current email address is listed on your account and then contact the CS office. If you register in person, by phone or by fax, you will receive an email with your registration statement within 24 hours. Please note: We no longer send registration statements by mail.

Wait Lists
If a course is full, contact the CS office to be added to a wait list. If a seat opens up in the course, you will be contacted by the CS office to be enrolled in the course. There is no cost to be added to the wait list and you are under no obligation to register if a space becomes available. Students on wait lists cannot attend classes.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy
No refund will be given if notification of withdrawal is received less than seven full calendar days before the start of the course. Exceptions are only considered as they pertain to extenuating circumstances on an individual basis. In such cases, a written request for refund, accompanied by appropriate documentation from a third party (e.g. subpeona), must be submitted. A refund or a tuition voucher, minus an administrative charge of $35 per course, will be issued if notification of withdrawal is received more than seven full calendar days prior to the course start date. Students may withdraw from a course by phone, fax, or email. Under no circumstances will refunds be granted for requests received after the end of a course or workshop. Course transfers or special requests can also not be accommodated after a course finishes. Please note that the policies listed here apply to individual courses and workshops only.

Course Transfer Policy
No transfers of fees will be granted if notification of transfer is received less than seven full calendar days before the start of the course. A transfer of fees, minus an administrative charge of $35, will be issued if the request for transfer is received more than seven full calendar days prior to the start date of the course you wish to transfer out of. You must pay any additional fees at the time of transfer. You may transfer from one course to another by phone, fax or email.

We reserve the right to cancel a course up to five days prior to the course start date if there is not sufficient registration in a course. If a course is cancelled by Emily Carr Continuing Studies for any reason, a full refund will be processed and sent automatically to all registrants. In the event of a cancellation, CS can transfer you into a different course or provide a tuition voucher in lieu of a refund upon request. Course cancellations will be announced to each student by email. Please ensure that your email is on file and up to date. Emergency Closures In the event of an emergency closure due to poor weather conditions, information will be posted on the Emily Carr website as soon as a decision is made to close.

Postponement of Courses
In the event that a course needs to be cancelled or postponed due to instructor illness, unscheduled school closure or other unexpected event, you will be notified by email.

Emily Carr accepts no responsibility in the event any class, course of instruction, seminar, or workshop is either cancelled or not completed as a result of strikes, lockouts, fire, natural disasters or any other cause beyond the control of the University. Emily Carr reserves the right to change or amend its programs, instructors, fee structure, schedule and regulations at any time from those published in this catalogue.

Studio Access
Unless otherwise indicated, there is no additional access to studio resources outside of class time. If you require additional studio access, please consider membership at the Leeway. For more information, please visit

Student Code of Conduct
A University community depends on the good judgment and considerate behaviour of its members. Emily Carr expects the members of its community to conduct themselves with respect for the rights of others and to behave responsibly at all times. You are responsible for knowing and observing student-related Emily Carr policies and procedures. For more information on the Emily Carr Code of Conduct, please visit Emily Carr University reserves the right to remove students from courses if it is felt that their behaviour is disruptive or dangerous.