Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art and Design retains ranking as top art university in Canada

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      A Vancouver post-secondary institution remains the top art university in Canada.

      In the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECU) climbed from the 40th spot last year to the 30th position this year among the world’s best universities for art and design.

      It was the number one university for Canada, and the sole Canadian institution to be make the top 50.

      U.K.–based QS assesses over 5,500 universities around the world and ranks them according to academic and employer reputation.

      The top spot went to London’s Royal College of Art, followed by the University of the Arts London, and New York City’s Parsons School of Design.

      ECU began as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1925. It received university status in 2008 and, after moving from Granville Island, officially launched its campus in the Great Northern Way neighbourhood in 2017.

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