Satellite Studios for Teens in Whistler and Prince George

Posted: Mon, 2014-03-03 10:54

The first Satellite Studios for Teens to run outside the Lower Mainland is now officially a reality. Emily Carr University will offer the program in both the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

The studios will offer the student a challenging and creative curriculum that emphasizes collaboration, creative communication, critical analysis and design thinking. Course content will focus on locally relevant issues through a process of community research and will integrate local site visits, engage community-based guest instructors and support each of the partners’ strategic focuses on cultural and economic development. The program will culminate with a public-facing event in the community.

Since its inception in 2003, the highly popular Summer Institute for Teens has reached more than 700 youth. The new Satellite Studios will enable young students who are serious about pursuing a future career in the creative economy outside of Vancouver, with the opportunity to attend a world-class institution dedicated to this field.

The Teens Program offers intensive, pre-university programs, which are developed and taught by University Faculty. Both programs are strategic, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and will coordinate participation and input from various relevant councils, community groups, cultural organizations and educational institutions. The partnerships demonstrate an efficient and effective model for educational expansion that is engaging, innovative and responsive to community needs and objectives.

The Whistler program will run from July 7 to 18, while the Prince George program will run from July 14 to 25, 2014. To learn more about these exciting new partnerships, that will benefit local communities with world-class art, media and design programs for youth, visit

To read a brief interview with Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, and UNBC's Aaron LeBlanc, Director Ancillary Services and Continuing Studies read our Partnership Profile.