Capilano University
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Tuition: $3,500.00  Students: 7,500
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC      V7J 3H5

Capilano University

Capilano University was established in 1968 by the residents and school boards of Howe Sound, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver. The first classes were held in a small building within the grounds of West Vancouver Secondary School. The initial enrolment was 784 students. Today, the College is a publicly-funded educational institution that serves around 7,000 credit and non-credit students every year. Its mission is to help the student become successful in their current and continuing studies so they can pursue knowledge and contribute effectively and responsibly in the changing global community. ... continued below

About Capilano University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

In 1973, Capilano opened its 14-hectare campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. That year also saw the establishment of a regional centre in Squamish for the Howe Sound communities of Pemberton, Mount Currie, Whistler, and Squamish. In 1977, it opened its doors to the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt for the Sunshine Coast communities. The most recent development of the North Vancouver campus was the Cedar building construction, which was completed in 1991. Other developments were three added floors of classroom and faculty office space, a 90-seat lecture theatre; and the completion of Sportsplex in the fall of 1991. This marked the beginning of the development of the south campus and the opening of the new Library building in 1993. In 1996, the completion of Birch Building at the North Vancouver campus was completed. The building can accommodate a 380-seat performance theatre, classrooms, student services, and teaching space to accommodate 400 full-time students.

Student Services and Student Life

The University offers the following services to students: EDUCATIONAL ADVICE (Advising Centre, Disability Services, First Nations Student Services, Registrar's Office); INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (International Student Centre, Peer Support Centre) ; LEARNING SUPPORT (Computer Learning Centre Library, Learning Specialist, Writing Centre, Math Learning Centre, Workshops); STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT (Cashier's Office, Financial Aid and Awards); ALTERNATIVE LEARNING FORMATS (Distance Education, Co-operative Education, Open CourseWare); REGIONAL CAMPUSES (Squamish Campus, Sunshine Coast Campus); PERSONAL SUPPORT (Counselling, Child Care, Harassment & Conflict Resolution, Health Services & Sports Medicine Clinic, Housing for Students) First Aid, Peer Support Centre , Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Security); CAREER PLANNING AND EMPLOYMENT (Career Resource Centre, Human Resources , Student Employment Centre); CAMPUS ACTIVITIES (Athletics & Recreation, Performing Arts Theatre); and COMMUNITY SERVICES (Bookstore, CapCard Centre (Student Photo ID), Capilano Students' Union, Facilities Rental, Food & Beverage Service, IT Services, Lost & Found, Parking, Car Pools & Transit, Print Services, Purchasing Department, and the Student Store - CAP Corner, U-Pass).

Every student who is registered at the North Vancouver campus is a member of the Capilano Student Union. It is a non-profit association that is democratically led by an elected board of students. The board of directors are totally autonomous from the College Administration. Its services include: a free student handbook and day planner produced every year (available at CSU office); a semesterly used book sale where students can purchase used texts for 70% off retail price as well as consign their used textbooks from previous semesters; a free on-line directory of available rental housing and home stay accommodations; a free on-line tutor listing service that tutors and students can use to connect with each other; the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) that provides students with discounts at hundreds of locations locally, nationally and internationally; a variety of Long distance calling cards available at discounted rates; and monthly bus passes, bus tickets, and Fast Trax stickers for students to travel for less.

Academic Programs

Academic Studies Diploma

Accounting Assistant Certificate

Accounting Support Certificate

Acting for the Stage and Screen Diploma

Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate

Advanced Motion Picture Production Diploma

Advanced Textile Arts Certificate

Animation Fundamentals Citation

Animation Institute Certificate

Applied Business Technology (Online) Certificate

Applied Business Technology Certificate - Ch'nook Foundation Program

Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degree

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Degree

Bachelor of Music University Transfer Program (Diploma of Music Transfer)

Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree

Business Administration (Evening) Certificates

Business Administration Advanced Diploma Program

Business Administration Diploma

Business Administration Diploma - Ch'nook Intensive Transfer Program

Business Administration Diploma - Ch'nook Program

Cinematography for Film and Video Certificate

College and Career Preparation (Web-Assisted) Citation

Commercial Animation Diploma

Communication Studies Diploma

Computer Animation and Visual Effects Citation

Computing Science Diploma

Conducting in Music Certificate

Costuming for Stage and Screen Certificate

Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma

Destination Resort Management (Co-op) Diploma

Digital Animation Certificate

Documentary Certificate

Early Childhood Care & Education Specialized Certificates and Diploma

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate

Engineering (First Year) University Transfer Program

English as a Second Language Program

Entry Level Film Grip Certificate

Entry Level Film Lighting Certificate

Entry Level Set Dresser Certificate

Foundations in Illustration and Design Certificate

General Studies Diploma

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Human Kinetics Diploma

Illustration/Design: Elements and Applications Diploma

Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Diploma

Interactive Design Diploma

Jazz Studies Diploma

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

Local Government Administration Certificate

Magazine Publishing Certificate

Medical Assistant Certificate

Medical Office Assistant Online Certificate

Motion Picture Production Certificate

Motion Picture Production Diploma

Mountain Bike Operations Certificate

Music Therapy Program (Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree)

Musical Theatre Diploma

Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Certificate

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Diploma

Pre-Occupational Skills Training Certificate

Professional Communications Certificate

Professional Scuba Diving Certificate

Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma

Retail Marketing Certificate

Special Education Assistant Certificate

Studio Art Diploma

Technical Theatre Diploma

Textile Arts Diploma

Theatre Institute Certificate

Tourism Management Co-op Diploma

Tourism Management For International Students Diploma

University Transfer Program

VISION (Cognitive Abilities Development) Citation

Wilderness Leadership Certificate

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The University offers scholarship awards to entrance students. Some of them include: The Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX), The Capilano Achievement Awards (CAPA), The Capilano Program Awards (CAPP), and the Fairfax Holdings Limited Entrance Award.

North Vancouver Information

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 Zürich 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.


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