The main campus of the University is situated on Granville Island in Vancouver, which includes the South building and the North building. Recently, the University has expanded its campus on West 3rd Ave and the Great Northern Way Campus, adding in more studio facilities. The campus has e-mail and web access, computer workstations at the library, digital editing, online registration, and digital prototyping equipment. The campus is introducing “smart classrooms”, and has recently launched a research facility, the Intersections Digital Studios where the faculty and its students can obtain interactive entertainment, motion capture studio (research animation), thermal printers, Apple Xserve for high-speed rendering, flatbed scanners and full-body scanners for 3D and 2D work, Bailey kiln for ceramics prototyping, digital HD video cameras, and interactive and ergonomics entertainment. The campus does not offer in-campus residences, although there numerous off-campus housing options that can help the students find accommodation.
The campus offers the following services: Aboriginal Program Office, Academic Schedule, Career Services, Co-operative Education, Counselling Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid and Awards, Foundation Students, International Students, Off-Campus Housing, Prior Learning Assessment, Student Exchange Programs, Students’ Union, and Supplies Services.
The Students’ Union serves as an advocate to protect the students’ rights and interests, and students can volunteer to lobby and campaign for the union. The union also publishes a newspaper and distributes 5000 copies throughout the city of Vancouver. Students can share their works and submit their artwork or writing anytime.
Some of the most notable personalities who have graduated from the University are: Terence Koh, Stan Douglas, Ronald Thom, Rita Wong, Phillip Borsos, Neko Case, Murray Devlin, Molly Lamb Bobak, Michael Snow, Lynn Johnston, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Jack Shadbolt, Heather Spears, Haig Armen, Geoffrey Farmer, Edith L. Sharp, E. J. Hughes, Douglas Coupland, Donald Jarvis, Brian Jungen Barry Doupe, Attila Richard Lukacs, Arnold Belkin, and Ann Marie Fleming.
The University offers financial services to students, such as Student Loan Information, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, Undergraduate ECU Tuition Scholarships, Bursaries, External Scholarships, and Resources for Graduate Students.
Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport, located on the mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The current population of the city of Vancouver is roughly 600,000. Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world. According to a 2007 report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Vancouver tied with Vienna as having the third highest quality of living in the world, after Zurich and Geneva.
Vancouver is a growing hotbed for arts and culture. Featuring Prominent theatre companies, such as the Arts Club Theatre Company on Granville Island, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, and Bard on the Beach. Smaller companies include Touchstone Theatre, Studio 58, Carousel Theatre, and the United Players of Vancouver. Theatre Under the Stars produces shows in the summer at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. In addition, Vancouver holds an annual Fringe Festival and International Film Festival.