MAA Low Residency

The duration of the Low Residency program is 28 months over 7 semesters. The program is designed to suit established professionals whose practical circumstances make relocation to Vancouver or the resident schedule unworkable. It is important to note that while the Low Residency program incorporates more flexibility than the resident program, it is not part-time.

The requirements and outcomes of the Low Residency program are equivalent to the Resident program; the difference is in the mode, duration and rhythm of delivery. The program is structured primarily around three 4-week summer intensive residencies on campus in Vancouver during July. These semesters exceed a full-time schedule and are a period of intense development in response to significant interaction with faculty and visiting artists.

Students can only begin the program in the summer semester. Students apply to the Master of Applied Arts Low Residency Visual Arts program (includes Media Arts).

During semesters between the summer intensives, students live and study in their home communities. Interaction with peers and faculty occurs via the University’s online environment, building on the experience  of each summer intensive.

The Low Residency program involves distinct yet overlapping stages of research and production to support the development of a final thesis project. In the first summer residency, the primary focus is on research; it therefore includes significant class time and instruction. The second summer residency is built around interaction in the studio, with less group instruction and more emphasis on inidvidual contact hours with mentors and visiting artists. The final stage supports the actualization of the final thesis project.

The internship/work-based learning experience is an integral credit component of the program and can be situated at Emily Carr University  or on-site for an employer: this could be a gallery, an arts, design or media based organization, museum, production company, etc. The work is generally and industry-driven project and should relate to the student’s thesis. Students have the option to do an independent project, which is developed on a case-by-case basis with the Manager of Research + Industry Liaison and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. It is generally accepted that the internship/work-based learning experience will be relevant to the students’ academic or artistic objectives and interests.

Students have online contact with the Manager of Reserach + Industry Liaison to plan and develop their internship/work-based learning experience or independent project.

Please keep in mind that the Low Residence Program will not meet the criteria for Student Aid BC purposes (i.e. Canada Student Loans). The Student Aid BC Policy Manual states that:  “For study programs to qualify for StudentAid BC purposes they must be taught on a full-time basis at 100% of a full-time course load.  Programs that are taught on a part-time basis (less than 100% of a full-time course load) do not qualify for StudentAid BC purposes.”

Nor do part-time or programs delivered online meet US Stafford Loan requirements.

Please check the information in our main website for a program overview

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