Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art and Design is moving forward with plans to relocate to the Great Northern Way Campus in False Creek Flats.
The university, currently based on Granville Island, is set to develop a "comprehensive business case" for the project, which envisions a facility with capacity for 1,800 visual, media, and design art students.
According to a Ministry of Advanced Education news release issued today (March 20), ECUAD's business case will include cost estimates, an indicative design, and information on funding sources.
"Our students and alumni are bringing creativity into the workplace, starting companies and generating new opportunities for prosperity," Ron Burnett, ECUAD president and vice chancellor, said in the government release. "A new campus will provide future jobs for British Columbia while defining our province as an international centre of excellence for the creative industries."
A new campus for ECUAD was promised in the Gordon Campbell government's 2010 throne speech.
"It will be a showcase for B.C. wood, natural building materials and the best in environmental design," the speech said.
ECUAD was founded in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. It became the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1995, and received university status in 2008.
In 2001, the land for the Great Northern Way Campus was donated by Finning International to ECUAD, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
The campus houses the masters of digital media program, a joint offering of the four postsecondary schools.